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To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Pokemon GO, the app is getting both in-game events and a real-world festival in Chicago.
The in-game Solstice Event starts June 13, 2017 and will feature XP bonuses for accurate throws, discounted Lucky Eggs, and Fire-type and Ice-type Pokemon. A new collaborative group gameplay centric update will follow.
Then on July 22, 2017, Pokemon GO Fest Chicago will get underway at Grant Park in Chicago. You can read the full release below:
We're celebrating two amazing milestones -- Pokemon GO's one-year anniversary and 750 million global downloads -- and you're invited to join in on the fun! Over the next few months, we're hosting real-world and in-game events planned alongside some very exciting new features that will get you outside exploring the world with family and friends. Get ready for an action-packed couple of months!
To kick things off, we will be hosting the Solstice Event starting on June 13, 2017. This in-game event will feature Fire-type and Ice-type Pokemon, huge XP bonuses for throwing Poké Balls accurately, and discounted Lucky Eggs in the in-game shop. Soon thereafter, you can look forward to a new update focused on collaborative group gameplay features that will get you playing Pokemon GO in fun new ways. In preparation for these exciting features, we'll be temporarily disabling Gyms for a short period of time.
We're also excited to announce our first ever real-world Pokemon GO event coming your way: Pokemon GO Fest Chicago! This event will take place in downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA at the beautiful Grant Park on July 22, 2017. Join us as we celebrate the Pokemon GO community with a ton of exciting festivities. Tickets and more information for Pokemon GO Fest Chicago will be available at PokemonGoLive.com/Fest on Monday, June 19 at 10:00 A.M. PDT, so make sure to mark your calendars and follow our social media channels to be notified when tickets go live! European Trainers can look forward to Pokemon GO celebrations hosted across the continent from June through September in partnership with Unibail-Rodamco shopping centres.
We'll be posting a complete schedule for these events very soon. Also, The Pokemon Company is organising "Pikachu Outbreak", a Pokemon event in Yokohama, Japan, in August where they're exploring a unique Pokemon GO experience. Stay tuned for even more details surrounding each of these events in the coming weeks.
Keep an eye on PokemonGoLive.com and our Pokemon GO social media channels for the latest news and updates surrounding the exciting features and events coming your way. See you outside!
-- The Pokemon GO team