The GO Fest map was revealed today, together with the Niantic’s permit application with the Chicago Park District. We finally have more information on how the GO Fest will look like and what activities it will feature.

GO Fest is taking place in Chicago, Grant Park’s Butler Field.

We’ll be listing the new information in no particular order, while the map is attached on the bottom of the article (requires a good smartphone or desktop PC to view).

Team Lounges

According to the map, each team will have it’s own lounge area, occupying 3 corners of the main park area. Six 60″ monitors (screens) will be placed at each Team Lounge and a Gym Video Pillar will be placed in front of the Lounge.

Main Stage and Ultimate Gym

Petrillo Music Shell, air view
Petrillo Music Shell, air view

The Petrillo Music Shell will serve as the event’s main stage, and will feature an “ultimate gym.” The main stage is placed in the fourth corner of the park, together with a huge 12’x20′ video screen and the mysterious Ultimate Gym Video Pillar. If any special Pokémon are to be released during the GO Fest, this is where it will happen.


Unsurprisingly, a number of PokéStops will be employed as Points of Interest in the PokéWalk event taking place during the GO Fest. The route is noted on the map and includes both park areas. No special event PokéStop drops are confirmed yet. It seems there is no WiFi coverage along the entire PokéWalk, but only at select locations.

15,000-20,000 attendees are expected, no alcohol

According to the permit information, Grant Park’s Butler Field will host up to 20,000 Trainers. According to Niantic’s spokesman, no alcohol will be sold at the event, even though the permit allows it.

Other info

  • Niantic will have to pay $50,805 for the permit.
  • There are 66 portable restrooms on the map
  • Food will be available at the Food Court
  • Pikachu photo opportunity will be available
  • No rides, lifts, climbing walls will be available

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  • Antonio Mercurio

    i wonder were the legendary raid will take place in the park, hopefully some ytbers live stream the event of the first ever mewtwoo being caught live on camera for all the world to see

    • Chris

      Probably safe to assume it will be at the “Ultimate Gym” on the map.

    • RedM39

      They’ll be at all four gyms

  • Jason Butler

    Awesome – we’ll all get to see ‘network error’ on 20 foot tv screen

    • Filament

      The gym is under attack. Please try again later.

  • meh

    Unrelated to this post but does Poliwrath with Rock Smash/ Dynamic Punch do more dmg to Tyranitar than WG/ Hydropump Vaporeon? Or even Bubble/ Dynamic Punch Poliwrath for that matter cause I need a 4th attacker against him but am undecided

    • GonzoI

      Adjusting for super effective damage against Tyranitar’s dark/rock typing, STAB, attack stat, and the base DPS for each relevant move:

      Poliwrath DPS:
      – Bubble: 16.34
      – Rock Smash: 27.146
      – Dynamic Punch: 74.77
      – Hydro Pump: 62.79
      Vaporeon DPS:
      – Water Gun: 19.6
      – Hydro Pump: 70.85

      Water is good. Fighting is better.

  • GonzoI

    Darn, no climbing wall. And that was such a major part of the series too. I’m guessing the odd list of things it doesn’t have is from a stock statement by the venue?

  • randomman29

    And Pikachu is what keeps me from wanting to be there.

  • Jack Mehoff

    Maybe this has been addressed in other posts, but is there anything preventing spoofers from playing in the area of the event?

    • GonzoI

      People are speculating that the event-specific things will require real world access in some way. It wouldn’t be too hard for them to make gyms, spawns and pokestops only accessible to accounts that register for the event.

      Even spoofing aside, they need something to prevent people from standing outside the event perimeter getting access.

      • Jack Mehoff

        I would assume Niantic is going to do something like that to prevent spoofers and/or bystanders from being able to access the special event stops & gyms. My initial guess for how they’d do this is that each registered attendee is given a unique “promo code” to enter in their account, but I don’t believe that iOS has the ability to enter a promo code into it (I thought that’s what I previously read but can’t confirm).

        Are you attending the festival? Do you know if people who are registered for the event had to provide their usernames? Because if they did then there’s a good chance you’re right and that they will likely enable those features for registered accounts.

        • Spetsen

          You did not have to provide your username.

        • GonzoI

          I didn’t, the page cached and wasn’t showing me the “buy” option until it was too late. I did watch Trainer Tips Nick and Reversal buy tickets on a livestream, though, so I know you didn’t initially have to enter your usernames.

          I’m assuming they will have someone doing that at the door (…and like any event that size, screw it up and have people at the event who can’t participate). It’s also possible they’ll do something with WIFI at the event. They could divert traffic over WIFI to an event server. Given the layout, it would have to be a one-time thing that puts an event flag or pass on your account since you can’t always be on WIFI there and you can’t have 12k people on WIFI at once anyway.

  • Pokemon Trainer N

    I wonder if they’ll release the legendary birds there, since each team will have their own little area to catch their teams’ bird. Or they could do Mewtwo at the “Ultimate Gym”…Who knows? It’ll be interesting to see how Niantic releases the first legendaries.

    • RedM39


  • Mirek Mareš

    I wonder if they release special pokemons here what about all other players from other countries?

    • RedM39


  • Pokemon Trainer N

    Maybe…just MAYBE…The ultimate gym is where they’ll release…(drum roll)…PVP!!!