Last updated 7/24/16
So unless you’ve been living under a Pokérock, you have probably heard some recent buzz about Pokémon GO. MashupDad and High School Guy are Pokémon GOing nuts for it — how about in your family? Here are a few current local Chicago area Pokémon GO promos, freebies, & contests to take advantage of.
Chicago Pokémon GO freebies, deals, & promos
- Here’s a list of Pokéstops and more at Brookfield Zoo.
- At Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe, collect your items at their Pokéstop and show an associate for a free dessert with any specialty lunch purchase.
- Emporium Arcade Bar in Chicago has been running weekly Pokémon meetups and often free drinks — watch their Facebook page for upcoming weekend promos & events, including one tonight 7/24/16.
- Enchanted Castle is running a Pokémon GO Photo Contest through August 5 to see who can get the best Pokémon photo there.
- Fatso’s in Oak Lawn is having a Pokémon tip battle — and keep checking their FB page to be the first to know about their Pokemon promos.
- Graziano’s in Niles is a PokéStop: “Come in and get your PokéBalls, try a PokéPizza, and enjoy a 20% discount.” Get your 20% off coupon here good through 8/15/16.
- At imaginationpad in store or on Etsy, get a $3.00 discount on this Caution PoGO in Progress shirt if you catch a Pokémon in Oswego and show a screenshot.
- At JCPenney, show an associate in store your Pokémon and get an extra 15% off select merchandise. (No end date listed.)
- Come to the Muncie Animal Shelter between 10AM-5:30 PM and walk an adoptable dog as you hunt for Pokémon!
- Reportedly Pizzano’s in Wicker Park is offering free dessert to Team Valor — it’s a photo of a handwritten chalkboard sign, though, so check that it’s still going on.
- Check out this Pokémon GLOW decal meetup/giveaway at the Riverwalk in Naperville on Saturday July 30.
- There will be a Pokémon Go Chicago Pub Crawl in River North on Saturday 8/13. See more and get earlybird tickets here, or get discount tickets on Groupon here.
- Through 7/31/16, visit your local Sam’s Club and show your Pokémon GO app to get a free cookie and a free one day shopping pass without the normal 10% non-member upcharge.
- The Shedd Aquarium has several PokéStops and gyms — and if you see a cool creature while searching, tweet #PokeBlitz to help identify. Plus, a local Pokemon meetup on Saturday 7/30 at noon: “Pokémon players visiting on this day will have access to added lures, special admission offers and added perks for visiting! Check back for more information.”
- At Six Flags Great America they have a player’s guide on their site that lists all the Pokéstops there.
- Top Cut Comics in Loves Park will have active lures deployed every Saturday between 12PM-6PM, and 10% off discounts Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays depending on team.
- Yelp now has a Pokéstop filter!
The usual caveats apply here: Be careful out there, be respectful of others and of the locations where you’re playing, and be aware of your surroundings while trying to catch them all. Hopefully these deals & promos will help you have even more fun with the game, though! Do you know of any other local Pokémon GO discounts or freebies to add to this list? Please comment here with any Pokédeals you find!