Downtown Chicago
August 25, 2018

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Meet Director: Lise Valentine
Course Setters: Chris Gladwin

Registration: 12:00 noon
Pre-race briefing for all courses: 12:15pm
Mass start for all courses: 12:30pm
Short (1 hour) course ends: 1:30pm
Medium (2 hour) course ends: 2:30pm
Long (4 hour) course ends: 4:30pm

Cost: (per individual or team)


Event Day


CAOC members
additional maps
rental compass
not needed
not used today

(We suggest a maximum of four people per group.)


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Registration will be open thru midnight Thursday August 23rd.

Join us on Saturday, August 25th for a unique urban orienteering experience. The start/finish and registration are in the activities room on the second floor of the REI store at 1466 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60642. We will use a map of downtown Chicago provided at registration. Upon registration, each participant will also be given an Answer Sheet that includes questions that can only be answered when they are at the control locations on the map.

The format of the course is a Score-O where participants go to as many control locations as they have time to collect correct answers for during the time period of the race. Racers can select either a 1-hour (Short), 2-hour (Medium) or 4-hour (Long) time limit. Each correct answer collected will be scored as one point and each minute late in returning to the start/finish will subtract a point.

Racers may participate on foot or on a bicycle, and may ride public transportation (bus or train) or water taxis, but may not take any private motorized vehicle (car, taxi, etc.). Racers must follow all traffic laws and safety rules. Helmets are required for bikers. Many of the control locations on the course are at or near water fountains.

Key details

  • Score-O format
  • 1 point deducted for each minute late
  • Can use public transportation (CTA train or bus or water taxis) but no other motorized transport
  • Must follow all pedestrian and bicycling rules such as when crossing streets
  • Racers will fill out a clue sheet to prove they were at each control by answering question that can only be answered by being at the control (no e-punch needed)
  • If you guess a wrong answer for a control you didn't visit, a point will be deducted from your score.
  • This meet involves crossing many busy streets and navigating through the city of Chicago so extra caution is advised, especially if you are bringing children.

The meet will start at the REI Lincoln Park, 1466 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60642. Look for us in the Activities room on the second floor.


From the Kennedy Expressway (90/94) take North Avenue east to Halsted St. Turn right (South) on Halsted two blocks. REI is located on the right (West) side of Halsted, at 1466 N Halsted St. Paid parking may be available on the street or in a parking garage located behind the REI store on the SW corner of Dayton St and Eastman St.
Public transit: REI is two blocks south of the CTA Red Line stop at North & Clybourn, six blocks west of the CTA Brown Line stop at Sedgwick, and on the Halsted #8 CTA bus route.

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