Read each clue carefully. Complete each checkpoint accurately based on the description and the bullet-point requirements.

Teams can travel on foot or use public transit, which includes buses or trains. Personal transit such as taxis or bikes are not allowed. 

Checkpoints can be completed in ANY ORDER throughout the race.  Complete as many checkpoints as possible within the given time-frame.  

Your team needs to stay together throughout the race from one checkpoint to another and each team member should be visible in every submission unless otherwise noted.

Our HQ will review your submission almost instantly.  You should see your response very quickly but you do not need to wait around for it, especially if you are confident that you completed the checkpoint correctly. If you've completed the checkpoint our HQ will reply with the word "Verified". If you have not completed it correctly our HQ will let you know what is still needed. 

If you have a race-related question during the race you can submit it through your Team Bonfyre.  We will respond quickly and provide you with the information you need as long as it doesn't impact your ability to solve the clue.

We have carefully scouted and vetted every checkpoint but cities are a constantly changing beast so if a checkpoint is inaccessible or you're not able to complete the requirements for any reason let us know right away and we will adjust the requirements if needed and verify accordingly.   

GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!  


Checkpoint #1

Just recently celebrating it's 10 year anniversary this 24+ acre park's name makes it sound 10 times older than it actual is.  Within that park is the "Great" location shown in the picture below. Finding this popular spot won't be tough, but completing this checkpoint without the help of some kind strangers will be.  Get your team to this location and take a picture of your team and as many strangers as needed to form a connected human chain between any two of the 24 large steel pillars that hold up the frame of the structure (seen in the picture below).    

- 1 picture, all team members clearly visible

- Entire team and as many strangers as needed form a connected human chain between any two of the 24 steel pillars

- Human chain should stretch the entire length from one steel pillar to another

 
 

Checkpoint #2

Formerly the site of an old infirmary, this park named for the first woman judge in the state is now home to a variety of play structures.  Located west of downtown, get your team to this park and complete the following challenge that you were never allowed to do as a kid! Take one continuous video of your entire team all going down any of the red playground slides head first one after the other.  

FYI...in order to record a continuous video through the Bonfyre app you (or a stranger filming for you) will need to hold down the record button.  The maximum length video that can be uploaded to Bonfyre is 9 seconds but you can take a longer video and trim it down in the app and submit a video up to 9 seconds.   

- 1 video, all team members clearly visible and completing the challenge at the same time

- Team is at the specified park

- All team members must go down any of the red playground slides head first one after the other

- All team members make it from the top of the slide to the bottom within one continuous video that is 9 seconds in length or less (the maximum video length that can be uploaded to Bonfyre)


Checkpoint #3

Just recently celebrating it's 2 year anniversary, the DIVVY program here in Chicago is one of the largest bike share programs in the nation.  With over 475 bike share stations throughout the area this checkpoint might be one of the easier ones to get to, but how well you can work together and balance could determine how quickly you complete it.  Get your entire team to any of the numerous bike share stations around the city and take a picture with your team and as many strangers as needed to be sitting on each bike seat at the station and all balancing (with arms and legs outstretched and not touching the ground or the bike) at the same time.   For example, if there are 10 bikes parked at the station you will need your team plus as many strangers as needed to have 10 people sitting on bikes (1 person per bike) and all balancing at the same time so that your arms and legs are not touching the ground or any part of the bike.   

- 1 picture, all team members clearly visible

- As many strangers as needed to have 1 person sitting on each of the bike seats parked at the station

- Everyone sitting on the bike seats must all be balancing (arms and legs are not touching the bike or the ground) at the same time


Checkpoint #4

You don't have to use Garrett's brand to complete this challenge, but it's so good that you may want to!  Take a video of each racer on your team catching this Chicago specialty in your mouth after it's been thrown by one of your teammates or a stranger. The video can either be one continuous recording of each racer catching it (if you've got the skills to do it within a 9-second video) or separate recordings of each racer completing the task.  

- 1 video, or multiple videos if needed, all team members clearly visible

- Each racer on your team successfully catches the specified Chicago speciality in their mouth

- The specialty is thrown by either another racer on your team or a stranger  


Checkpoint #5

This public art work has been both beloved and controversial over it's 10 year history.  It has overcome a lot to now be seen as a major part of this city's pop culture. It's name is also something that would likely be worn on the head by the character "Harold" in the movie series below (click play on the video below to watch a distorted clip). 

Regardless of the weather you're always likely to see a variety of Chicagoans here, some much larger than others. Even though some of these Chicagoans "spit" on the black granite below, this place is hugely popular when the mercury rises. To get the full Chicago experience, get your team to this art feature and take a picture of your entire team all getting hit with the "spit" on any part of your body.  Fortunately for the Sanitation Department, these Chicagoans don't "spit" constantly, so you'll need to time your picture during one of the times when they are "spitting" and make sure everyone on your team is clearly being hit by the "spit" on some part of their body as the picture is taken.         

- 1 picture, all team members clearly visible

- Team is at the specified public art feature 

- Team members are all getting hit by the "spit" on some part of their body

 
 

Checkpoint #6

Chicago has had such a huge impact on comedy, including developing what is considered modern improv way back in the 50's and 60's, and being a breeding ground for countless comedic legends.  To continue making this a funny town, find any stranger around the city wearing something with the word "Chicago" on it and take a picture with them and your entire team all making your funniest pose or facial expression for the camera.  

- 1 picture, all team members clearly visible

- At least 1 stranger wearing something with the word "Chicago" on it is included in the picture and their apparel is clearly visible and legible (you can send a second picture with a close up if necessary)

- Team members are making their funniest pose or facial expression


Checkpoint #7

This past year Chicago's O'Hare airport regained the title of the world's busiest airport. To honor this, take a video of your team as you complete the "Windy City Flight Challenge", as described below:

Create a paper airplane and then send one member of your team to the 2nd level (one above ground level) of any parking garage.  The rest of your team should be located below them outside the garage on the sidewalk level ready to catch it.  The racer on the 2nd level should launch the paper airplane into flight from the garage and any of your team members on the sidewalk must catch the plane before it hits the ground.  The racer in the garage must launch the plane out away from their body and into the air, and not just drop it directly downwards to the teammates below.  

FYI...to record a continuous video from within the app you (or any stranger filming you) needs to hold down the record button. Keep in mind that the max length of a Bonfyre video you can upload is 9 seconds, however you can film a longer clip if needed and then just trim it down in the app before submitting to show everything from the toss to the successful catch.

- 1 video, all team members visible

- A team member is located on the 2nd level of any parking garage

- The person located in the garage launches the paper airplane and any of the team members on the ground level catches the plane before it hits the ground.


Checkpoint #8

The monument marked by the purple pin in the aerial image below honors an Illinois and national figure. He was such a brave soldier and general, and had such an impact on our nation that the Founder/CEO of our company was named after him (for real).  Among countless other achievements, he also led the movement to recognize Memorial Day in this country. He had such an impact on this state that he is one of only 3 people mentioned by name in the Illinois state song.

His monument stands atop a large hill, which is convenient considering the challenge you'll need to complete.  Once you get to the monument have someone take a video of your entire team log-rolling down the grassy hill this monument stands atop.  Each member will need to do at least 5 rotations as you roll down the hill in order for it to count (we want to make sure you're good and dizzy as you get up to run to your next checkpoint).  Remember the max length of video you can upload to Bonfyre is 9 seconds so you'll need to be rolling fairly quickly.       

- 1 video, all team members clearly visible

- Team is at the specified monument atop the grassy hill

- Each team member is log rolling down the grassy hill and does at least 5 rotations

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Checkpoint #9

This bronze sculpture and plaque, located southwest of downtown, mark the origin of the devastating events that began in October of 1871, and got blamed on a heifer.  Once there take a picture of your entire team with the large bronze sculpture in the background, while any ONE of your team members is holding a live flame.  Please be careful with the live flame and extinguish it appropriately so we don't have a repeat of 1871.     

- 1 picture, all team members clearly visible

- Specified bronze sculpture is visible in the background

- At least one racer on the team is holding a live flame of some kind 


Checkpoint #10  

The name of this location, which is found inside the Loop, once included "Balaban and Katz", but thankfully they simplified it and it's no longer such a mouthful. For such an iconic Chicago landmark it's ironic that it's actually owned and operated by NYC-based Madison Square Garden, Inc. Get your team to this location and take a picture of your entire team all jumping in the air in a full body X pose (arms and legs outstretched), while this landmark's famous marquee is visible in the background.  The entire team should attempt to all be off the ground at the same time in the picture, so working together and timing it well will be key. 

- 1 picture, all team members visible

- Team members are attempting to all jump in the air in a full body X pose at the same time

- The specified Chicago landmark's marquee is clearly visible in the background