Pokémon GO Fest in 2017 was the first GO Fest event in Pokémon GO.


There were challenges for both attendees and Trainers around the world. The event featured the region-exclusive Pokémon Heracross. There were A, C, G, H, I and O forms of Unown spawning very frequently at the event. These letters spell "Chicago" - location of the event.


  • PokéWalks
  • Timed Catch Challenges
  • Mystery Challenge

Trainers worldwide

  • Extending bonuses from Timed Catch Challenges
  • Unlocking Mystery Challenge


Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2017

Exclusive medal for 2017

As a result of all the hard work put in during Pokémon GO Fest, incredible in-game bonuses were unlocked for the entire Pokémon GO community.[1]

Based on the efforts of the Trainers at the event, Lugia was revealed as the first Legendary Pokémon to enter the real world. In addition, since Team Mystic captured the most Pokémon during the event, Articuno joined Lugia in Raid Battles immediately upon completing the challenge.

Legendary Birds release

The other two Legendary Birds - Moltres and Zapdos, were also unlocked, but they will be available in the weeks to come. [2]

Bird Name Start date End date
Articuno Articuno Saturday, July 22 Monday, July 31
Moltres Moltres Monday, July 31 Monday, August 7
Zapdos Zapdos Monday, August 7 Monday, August 14

Shop special offer

There was a special item boxes offer in the shop for time of the event. These three following boxes were available with the start of the event on July 22nd, 2017 until July 27th, 2017.[3]

Box Cost Items
Special Box
Special Box
PokeCoin 480
Great Box
Great Box
PokeCoin 980
Ultra Box
Ultra Box
PokeCoin 1,480

Event map

Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2017 event map


There were numerous networking and connectivity issues present, during the event. Many Trainers could not log into their accounts during the event. The game's CEO, John Hanke, was booed on stage for the frustration. Because of these issues, all attendees were refunded their admission cost, received $100 in Shop credit and given a free Lugia. [4][2]




  1. Legendary Pokémon are here!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hanke, J. (2017, July 25). An Update regarding Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago. Niantic. Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  3. New Boxes on sale in the Shop!. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  4. Pokemon Go Fest refunds all tickets as players can't get game to work. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
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