While the game itself is a ton of fun, what really sold me was how I felt the whole evening. Participating in this event and seeing so many other people with arm bands… it felt like you were in on this giant secret that the rest of the city didn’t know about. At several points, strangers asked me what was going on and they were delighted when I explained the game to them. I felt like a kid the whole night, and it was a very child-like experience – running and playing and simply having fun.
Photos are courtesy of Ray Whitehouse, who was doing a ton of documenting throughout the event. He was there at the start, taking profile shots of all the participants near the registration area (that would be the photo on the left). I also ran into him shortly after I failed to elude capture, near Checkpoint 2 outside Holstein Park. I’m holding in my hands the special award that Evan gave me, for effort.
I walked up near the starting area to snap a few pics. This is the registration area, where you sign your name, get your map, and get your red and blue ribbons. The blue ribbon goes immediately around your arm, to signal that you’re a runner. Throughout the game, as you’re trying to get to each checkpoint on your map, you’ll be trying to avoid people with red armbands (chasers). If you’re caught, you give your blue arm band to the person who caught you, put on your red arm band… and become a chaser yourself.
Journey to the End of the Night is an urban street game that takes place on one night, across all of Chicago. Imagine a massive game of tag between you and 800 of your closest friends – it’s a hell of a lot of fun, and as awesome as it sounds.
Journey to the End of the Night, Saturday, May 7th, Welles Park @ 7:00 PM —————————UPDATE! I’ve posted up photos and a recap of the event.————————— Journey to the End of Night is a free street game where “runners” try to get to specific destinations across the city, all the while avoiding people who are “chasers.” If you’re caught, you…