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How Pokemon Go Fest Chicago will help everyone catch 'em all

Players in Chicago's Grant Park will unlock perks for Poketrainers around the world. Plus, there's going to be an "extra special bonus."


Last month, Pokemon Go developer Niantic announced the game's first official real-world event. Called Pokemon Go Fest, it'll see players in Chicago hunt through Grant Park for Pokemon. On Wednesday, the company revealed how players outside of Illinois can join the fun. 

Players in the park will unlock perks for the rest of the world by catching Pokemon. What perks they unlock depend on which Pokemon types are caught.

"Each Pokémon type will be tied to a different perk, so Trainers at the park will need to carefully choose which Pokémon they catch," Niantic wrote in a blog post. "Will those in attendance try to catch Electric-type Pokémon to reduce the distance required to hatch Eggs, or Grass-type Pokémon to increase Stardust bonuses or other Pokémon- types to secure a variety of other bonuses?" 

But Chicago's trainers need your help. The more Pokemon that Go players outside of Grant Park catch during the event, the longer these perks will be in effect. Plus, there's also a mystery event that could lead to a legendary bonus for all players. 

"If Trainers around the world catch enough Pokémon, a mystery challenge will be unveiled in Grant Park that, once completed, will unlock an extra-special bonus across the globe," the post said.