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Where to Catch Rare Pokémon in Chicago

You can find virtual pocket monsters all over the city, however some can only be found in certain places

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It's been nearly two weeks since the mobile app Pokémon Go has been released and it's already become a full-blown craze. It seems you can't walk anywhere without seeing a group of people glued to their phones catching wild Pokémon or battling it out in virtual gyms. The first major Pokémon Go meetup took place yesterday afternoon at Millennium Park where thousands attended. Unfortunately, due to the number of people playing the game (combined with the launch in Canada), servers were intermittent throughout much of the weekend. Not to fret, the team behind the game is constantly working to make the game more stable and easier on your phone's battery.

There are 151 total Pokémon in the game, but what you can catch depends on your trainer level, the type of Pokéball used, and your location. Looking for gyms and Pokéstops throughout the greater Chicago area? There's a map for that. However, a group of Windy Citizens have been tracking where rare Pokémon can be found. Light up an incense and head on over to these locations to find some more uncommon Pokémon.

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1. Sandshrew

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Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208

Hop on the Purple Line and head up to Evanston if you're looking for a Sandshrew. This classic Pokémon has been spotted on the Lakefill on the Northwestern campus.

2. Squirtle

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5001 N Leavitt St
Chicago, IL 60625
(312) 742-5101
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Squirtle is one of the oldest and most recognizable Pokémon. There have been sightings of this water Pokémon around the trails in Winnemac Park.

3. Staryu

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4400 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60640
(312) 742-5121
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Water Pokémon are most commonly found near... well, water. Head over to Montrose Beach to find water Pokémon like Staryu.

4. Growlithe

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2333 W Sunnyside Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(312) 742-7511
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You'll want to stock up on Great Balls and use an incense if you want to catch a Growlithe. If you've got enough experience and the right items then head on over to Welles Park in Ravenswood.

5. Bulbasaur

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3945 N Springfield Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 478-3538
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Like Squirtle and Charmander, Bulbasaur is one of the original starter Pokémon. This classic pocket monster has been spotted in Independence Park in the Irving Park area.

6. Tangela

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3420 N Long Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 685-3247
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There are lots of Tangelas spawning at Chopin Park throughout the day. They're not so much rare as they're just really only found at this particular location.

7. Meowth

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2534 N Greenview Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-7816
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Meowth isn't as rare as others, but it's certainly more interesting that Pidgeys and Rattatas. This Pokémon has been spotted in Lincoln Park's Wrightwood Park.

8. Onix

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Looking for the rock creature Onix? You'll want to head over to Mozart Park on the border of Logan Square and Hermosa.

9. Pikachu

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1400 N Humboldt Dr
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 742-7549
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Perhaps the most visible mascot of the game, Pikachu is an adorable creature that uses lightening to defeat its enemies. Head to Humboldt Park to find this Pokémon. There are plenty of Pikachus in the area surrounding the Jens Jensen-designed Formal Garden

10. Scyther

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901 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 742-7895
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Imagine having a Scyther watching over your local gym. It's certainly cooler than Pidgeots and Raticates. You'll want to have some Master Balls in your backpack when you head over to Washington Square Park to find one.

11. Clefairy

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861 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 742-7891
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Clefairy is not a tough guy Pokémon, but that doesn't mean it won't put up a fight. This fluffy Pokémon has been spotted in and around Connors Park.

12. Abra

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2526 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 742-7534
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Abras are certainly less common than others, but there has been at least one confirmed sighting around Smith Park off of Grand Avenue.

13. Voltorb

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600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-7437
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Voltorb is not your typical cutesy Pokémon—it's basically like a Pokéball that has been possessed by a demon. If you want to catch one of these, walking around Navy Pier is a pretty solid bet.

14. Exeggcute

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Perhaps one of the more bizarre Pokémon, Exeggcute has been spotted around Millennium Park—specifically the area around Wrigley Square.

15. Diglett

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Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60602

In the original Pokémon games, Diglett and its evolved form Dugtrio was a formidable opponent. If you can catch one and strengthen it up, you'll be the envy of your local gym. Word on the street is that these guys can be found around Cloud Gate (The Bean) in Millennium Park.

16. Hitmonlee

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There have been a few confirmations that Hitmonlees can be found in the Printer's Row area. Head over to Printer's Row Park or walk around Grace Episcopal Church to find this uncommon Pokémon.

17. Charmander

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910 S Aberdeen St
Chicago, IL 60607

Charmander and its evolved forms was the mascot of the original Pokémon Red game that was released back in 1996 for the Game Boy. If your collection isn't complete without a Charmander, head over to Sheridan Park with a few Pokéballs and an incense.

18. Vulpix

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1824 S Wood St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 746-5491
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If you're seeking a Vulpix, Pilsen is the place to be. They've been spotted around Harrison Park.

19. Dratini

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S 53rd Ave.
Cicero, IL 60804

You'll be the envy of your local gym if you can catch a Dratini. They've been spotted in and around Cicero Community Park in Cicero.

20. Electabuzz

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5215 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60615
(312) 747-2703
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This electric Pokémon has been spotted around Hyde Park, specifically Elm Park. As always, keep a few master balls and an incense handy.

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1. Sandshrew

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208

Hop on the Purple Line and head up to Evanston if you're looking for a Sandshrew. This classic Pokémon has been spotted on the Lakefill on the Northwestern campus.

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208

2. Squirtle

5001 N Leavitt St, Chicago, IL 60625

Squirtle is one of the oldest and most recognizable Pokémon. There have been sightings of this water Pokémon around the trails in Winnemac Park.

5001 N Leavitt St
Chicago, IL 60625

3. Staryu

4400 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60640

Water Pokémon are most commonly found near... well, water. Head over to Montrose Beach to find water Pokémon like Staryu.

4400 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60640

4. Growlithe

2333 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

You'll want to stock up on Great Balls and use an incense if you want to catch a Growlithe. If you've got enough experience and the right items then head on over to Welles Park in Ravenswood.

2333 W Sunnyside Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

5. Bulbasaur

3945 N Springfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Like Squirtle and Charmander, Bulbasaur is one of the original starter Pokémon. This classic pocket monster has been spotted in Independence Park in the Irving Park area.

3945 N Springfield Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

6. Tangela

3420 N Long Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

There are lots of Tangelas spawning at Chopin Park throughout the day. They're not so much rare as they're just really only found at this particular location.

3420 N Long Ave
Chicago, IL 60641

7. Meowth

2534 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Meowth isn't as rare as others, but it's certainly more interesting that Pidgeys and Rattatas. This Pokémon has been spotted in Lincoln Park's Wrightwood Park.

2534 N Greenview Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

8. Onix

Illinois

Looking for the rock creature Onix? You'll want to head over to Mozart Park on the border of Logan Square and Hermosa.

9. Pikachu

1400 N Humboldt Dr, Chicago, IL 60622

Perhaps the most visible mascot of the game, Pikachu is an adorable creature that uses lightening to defeat its enemies. Head to Humboldt Park to find this Pokémon. There are plenty of Pikachus in the area surrounding the Jens Jensen-designed Formal Garden

1400 N Humboldt Dr
Chicago, IL 60622

10. Scyther

901 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610

Imagine having a Scyther watching over your local gym. It's certainly cooler than Pidgeots and Raticates. You'll want to have some Master Balls in your backpack when you head over to Washington Square Park to find one.

901 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610

11. Clefairy

861 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Clefairy is not a tough guy Pokémon, but that doesn't mean it won't put up a fight. This fluffy Pokémon has been spotted in and around Connors Park.

861 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

12. Abra

2526 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

Abras are certainly less common than others, but there has been at least one confirmed sighting around Smith Park off of Grand Avenue.

2526 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60612

13. Voltorb

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Voltorb is not your typical cutesy Pokémon—it's basically like a Pokéball that has been possessed by a demon. If you want to catch one of these, walking around Navy Pier is a pretty solid bet.

600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

14. Exeggcute

Chicago, IL

Perhaps one of the more bizarre Pokémon, Exeggcute has been spotted around Millennium Park—specifically the area around Wrigley Square.

15. Diglett

Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60602

In the original Pokémon games, Diglett and its evolved form Dugtrio was a formidable opponent. If you can catch one and strengthen it up, you'll be the envy of your local gym. Word on the street is that these guys can be found around Cloud Gate (The Bean) in Millennium Park.

Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60602

16. Hitmonlee

Chicago, IL 60605

There have been a few confirmations that Hitmonlees can be found in the Printer's Row area. Head over to Printer's Row Park or walk around Grace Episcopal Church to find this uncommon Pokémon.

17. Charmander

910 S Aberdeen St, Chicago, IL 60607

Charmander and its evolved forms was the mascot of the original Pokémon Red game that was released back in 1996 for the Game Boy. If your collection isn't complete without a Charmander, head over to Sheridan Park with a few Pokéballs and an incense.

910 S Aberdeen St
Chicago, IL 60607

18. Vulpix

1824 S Wood St, Chicago, IL 60608

If you're seeking a Vulpix, Pilsen is the place to be. They've been spotted around Harrison Park.

1824 S Wood St
Chicago, IL 60608

19. Dratini

S 53rd Ave., Cicero, IL 60804

You'll be the envy of your local gym if you can catch a Dratini. They've been spotted in and around Cicero Community Park in Cicero.

S 53rd Ave.
Cicero, IL 60804

20. Electabuzz

5215 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

This electric Pokémon has been spotted around Hyde Park, specifically Elm Park. As always, keep a few master balls and an incense handy.

5215 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60615