Downtown Chicago
August 18, 2019

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Meet Director: Lise Valentine
Course Setters: Chris Gladwin

Registration: 10:05am (REI opens at 10:00)
Pre-race briefing for all courses: 10:20am
Mass start for all courses: 10:30am
Short (1 hour) course ends: 11:30am
Medium (2 hour) course ends: 12:30pm
Long (4 hour) course ends: 2:30pm

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.)


Registration will be open thru midnight Thursday August 15th.

Join us on Sunday, August 18th for a unique urban orienteering experience. The start/finish and registration are in the activities room on the second floor, west side of the REI store at 905 West Eastman 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. Some control locations are at or near water fountains, but you may prefer to carry water.

Key details

  • Score-O format
  • 1 point deducted for each minute late, so wear a watch.
  • 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 and end at REI Lincoln Park 905 West Eastman St. Chicago IL 60642. Look for us in the Activities room on the second floor, west side.


From the Kennedy Expressway (90/94) take North Avenue east to Kingsbury St. Turn right (south) on Kingsbury and go three blocks. REI is on the right (west) side of Kingsbury, at 905 West Eastman St. There is a free indoor parking lot and free street parking in the area. Also lots of bicycle racks. Or you could kayak there, as it is on the river.
Public transit: REI is roughly two blocks south of the CTA Red Line stop at North & Clybourn, seven blocks west of the CTA Brown Line stop at Sedgwick, and a couple blocks from stops on the Halsted #8, Division #70, or North #72 CTA bus routes.

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