PokémonGo Fest 2018 Current Information for Players

Aerodactyle is at Navy Pier

GoFest ’18 Introduction

I was at GoFest 2017 which was a complete shambles of an event. I had high hopes for GoFest 2018 until the ticket sale…which went exactly the same way 2017’s had despite efforts on Niantic’s part to avoid similar problems.

The main problem was that all of the tickets were sold out in minutes to scalpers who are charging anywhere from $200 on up to beyond $1000 per ticket. We purchased scalped tickets last year in the $200 price range, which, for the money was a horrible investment in retrospect.

So, while I did attempt to buy tickets online through the main ticket sale…and was ready and willing a few minutes before the sale went live…I like thousands of other PokémonGo fans was essentially locked out of the purchasing activities by the flood of scalpers who used bots to flood the ticket sale thereby prevent.ing real people from doing so.

Given the circumstances, I wasn’t about to buy scalped tickets again, but decided to come to Chicago anyway in the hopes that everything else about the event would be as poorly managed as last year. The reason is because last year, in an attempt to prevent a major public relations disaster Niantic opened up the festival to the entire city of Chicago. I was banking on that and it appears that I was at least half right so far.

PokémonGo’s Most a popular YouTuber’s Were Invited by Niantic to All 4 Summer Events

GoFest ’18 Friday Night

Currently I’m sitting in my hotel room writing this after spending a very late night last night roaming the city catching all the cool Pokémon that Niantic released here for the entire city to enjoy. Later on in this post I’ll cover exactly which Pokémon are roaming the streets for the entire city’s enjoyment during the event.

But first I’ll cover some of the details for attendees who were lucky enough to actually procure tickets for themselves.

GoFest Saturday

I talked to quite a few people who attended Saturday’s event and learned what the jist of the event was about. Attendee’s follow a trail which is outlined on the event map shown below. At each habitat they are instructed to catch at least 10 Pokémon. I was told this is a relatively simple task because it was designed for all levels of play.

Event Map

This is the map all ticket holders receive.

GoFest '18 Event Map

Where to Go for Check-in & Niantic’s Published Event Information

This is the main Niantic website  for the event.

Below I’ve provided screenshots for the most important information about the event location, where to check-in and more related to the event’s resources and location. You should be able to click or tap on an image and have it appear in full screen mode to see the detailed information better.

Entrance & Where to Park

Transit Information – Getting to the Park

ADA Handicapped Parking Arrangements

Check-In Information & Guest Services

Ticket Will Call Information & Stations for Nursing Moms

Maps and More Information for Getting There

I don’t know why but I like my information in small chunks which is why I began taking these screenshots as I prepared to leave for Lincoln Park. Later I decided to include them within this post.

Event Entrance via Event Map

Here’s a view of the entrance shown using the event map provided by YouTuber ‘The Trainer Club’ who’s there and reporting updates on his YouTube channel.

Event Entrance via Google Maps

PoGo Fest 18 Entrance on Google Maps

Some Google Street View Photos of the Event Entrance

Another View of the Benjamin Franklin Monument

News Resources

Look for Updates at the Resources Listed Below


Do a search in Twitter using these hashtags to get current information.



Below:  While I Caught Pokémon my Husband Shot Graffiti.

I kinda like this one because it looks a little bit like a Pokémon (I think :-)


YouTuber’s Who are Here & Are Covering GoFest

YouTubers Covering the Event

Reversal and Trainer Tips are my 2 personal favorite PokémonGo YouTubers. The game has garnered a huge number of YouTube devotees however…all with excellent channels.


Trainer Tips

Pokemaster Holly

Although she hasn’t published any GoFest videos yet she was holding the gym closest to my hotel so I know she’s here.


Another favorite PokémonGo YouTuber who Niantic invited to come.

The Trainer Club

I’ve already mentioned him once, but Trainer Club’s information seems to be among the best currently covering the event. He’s produced a lot of up-to-date information on-site about GoFest…albeit…some is inaccurate…always a problem with ‘live’ information. But he takes great pains to update with corrected information ASAP. 

Lifting and Zombies 

I don’t typically follow this YouTuber because I just discovered him but he’s done a nice job explaining the problem with spoofing this event in the form of this Spoofing Guide.

Other Great Resources

CBS Chicago

CBS Chicago provides recent local news coverage of PokémonGo Fest.

The Sliph Road website has a great comments section where people are sharing information.

Wild Pokémon That are Appearing in Abundance Around Chicago

My Hotel internet connection keeps cutting out so I’m having a lot f trouble uploading images, but I’ll keep trying. In the meantime, here’s a list of the Pokémon I’ve been catching a lot of:

  • Treecko
  • Torchic
  • Aaron
  • Minun and there’s a shiny one!
  • Magmar
  • Snowrunt
  • Swablu
  • Loudred
  • Alola version of Geodud
  • Trapinch
  • Walimer
  • Lunatune
  • Slugma
  • Whismur
  • Tangela
  • Alola Form of Digglet
  • Cacnea
  • Carvanha
  • Onix
  • Spoink
  • Shuppet
  • Mudkip
  • Lotad
  • Nosepass
  • Aerodactyle
  • Beldum
  • Cacturne is everywhere.

Someone Said Navy Pier is a Great Place if You Don’t Have a Go Ticket

They weren’t kidding! I’m here right nowand catching so many rares or evolved forms like the Cacturne shown above.


Its taken me months and month but last night I finally finished my first special research quest and I caught Mew!


I don’t know if this what everyone caught but mine seems to have near perfect IV’s. I can’t think of a time when I was more excited playing PokémonGo!


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Solution to ‘Can’t Connect to Public WiFi’ Android Marshmallow 6.0.1


We’re traveling and I brought my Samsung S7 Tablet which I only use occasionally. We’re staying at a Hyatt Hotel that has an unsecured public WiFi. Initially my iPad had a problem connecting to the network but after rebooting it did connect. Pulling up a sign-in Page and agreeing to the terms is necessary, even though it’s a free, unsecured network.

Later I tried the same thing with a Samsung Tab S tablet and it encountered the same difficulty. Even knowing how to handle connecting failed to help resolve the problem on Android. After a few minutes of searching Google I finally found the solution buried within a forum which seemed obscure enough for me to make the decision to publish it again here.

The Problem

Connecting to a public WiFi with an Android device on OS version 6.0.1 Marshmallow fails. What’s really confusing about this is that the device appears to connect to the network. It says it’s connected and even shows signal strength but it’s not really connected. The reason is because seeing and agreeing to the WiFi’s terms is necessary before a successful connection can be made. See the screenshot below.

Below:  Settings Shows I’m Connected with Fair Signal Strength but the top status bar shows no bars…Google Play says I have no internet connection.Android connection looks OK but shows no bars

The Solution

The solution was a simple one once I found it. Just to make sure everyone reading this understands the environment, I’ll reiterate that first.

  • Device Used:  Samsung Tab S 7” tablet
  • OS is Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • The WiFi I’m attempting to connect to is the Hyatt Hotel unsecured public WiFi.


Go into SettingsGeneralDate and Time

Look for the box ‘Automatic date and time‘ and add a check to the checkbox.

Connecting to WiFi

You can try to connect to the unsecured WiFi either in Settings – Connections – WiFi 


You can try opening Chrome or Google Play to see if you can engage in an automatic process for the same thing to happen.

In either event it’s important that after selecting ‘Connect‘ you see the public WiFi’s browser based login page, which displays some terms you need to agree to 1st. After agreeing you should connect automatically.

Below:  After following the step described above I finally connected for real!



You can leave comments or questions below.


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News: at vsatips & at home

In case you’ve been wondering why I haven’t published anything new recently, here’s why and what I plan to do about it.

My New Hip

My first and the biggest reason was my recent hip replacement, which I wrote about in 2 Posts and a 3rd I never finished (about when a THR patient can resume various activities.)

Visiting an Offshore Oil Rig

My son works for Shell as an Engineer, and he was leaving to work for a year on their newest offshore rig called the Appomattox. Family members were invited down to Texas to visit the rig before it was launched out into the Gulf of Mexico. This was such a unique and cool opportunity, it motivated me to really get myself mobile again very quickly. So we went to Corpus Christie a few weeks after my new hip surgery to see what living on an offshore oil rig is all about.

It was an amazing experience!

I took tons of pictures and videos but was asked by Shell not to post any of them publicly or online :-( What I can share is their own public video. So below is a very cool video that Shell Oil produced about the amazing Appomattox, which is the rig my son is living on. The video describes it’s construction which was completed in South Korea and shows it setting sail for the USA.

Changing vsatips to its New Domain

About a year ago I acquired the domain vsatips.com but then I never switched to it because it seemed complicated and I was worried I’d goof something up. I finally ‘bit the bullet’ and made the switch! I didn’t goof anything up either!! But I still do have a little bit of work to do to make sure that everything that was connected to my site, before remains connected after the switch.

Hallway Messages

My husband and I started a new company called Hallway Messages. You can read about what we’re doing here.

My Hubpages Articles

Around the same time I began this website my early work was transferred  to Hubpages from a blogging community I’d joined to learn all about blogging. That company went out of business and made arrangements with Hubpages, a similar platform, to absorb all of the users. I’ve made a concentrated effort in the 3 years since that occurred to get to know Hubpages and find a place for myself within that community. I haven’t been very successful in that endeavor.

Hubpages originally published my original work but as I update and expand those articles they’ve fairly consistently moved things to a category in which they don’t appear on Google. In my opinion that action makes those articles all but useless because no one could ever find them. Apparently Hubpages was bought out by or merged with someone else and they completely changed the way that they do things. So, once again I discovered that I would need to learn an entirely new platform. I had decided to give it one last try for the last 30 days, so I’d been vigorously updating things and engaging in their communities to see if I might want to keep my content there. Once I came to my new realization that this is no longer the Hubpages I begrudgingly joined three years ago I decided to call it quits.

I did find the communities in general to be friendly and helpful, but I realized that there’s an atmosphere there I can’t describe well. It resembles a sort of depressing corporate mentality that I simply can’t or don’t want to identify with at this point in my career…not that all corporate mentalities are depressing…but I’ve experienced some that are, and that’s the closest thing I can think of to describe the atmosphere I feel there.

Re-appreciating WordPress.com

That experience has made me appreciate being on WordPress in a way that I hadn’t in a long time. I remember feeling this way when I first joined, and how wonderful that feeling was knowing that I am truly 100% in control of my own destiny and success.

Hubpages is sort-of an ‘all-consuming’ environment that draws you in without your realizing it and seems to try hard to not let you go. So for the last 30 days I’ve been so consumed with it that I’ve not produced any new content here or at vsatrends. That stops as of today!

While there isn’t really a lot of my content that matters to me that much at Hubpages, there are 3 things which do:

  1. An article I wrote about my Dad and a friend of his about when they were Marines fighting with Dog Company during the Korean War.
  2. An article about my family’s experience when our home network was hacked.
  3. An article about the technology which allowed our home network to be hacked.

I will be publishing those here some time in the near future.

Tomorrow I’m taking a quick day trip to visit my sister and niece. On the following day, Wednesday, I’ll be back home and once again will devote all of my attention to writing full-time at vsatips. In the meantime, if you missed it here’s a link to the first in what will be a series of articles about Firewalls and protecting your home network which I plan  to finally finish soon. I’m also including a 2nd link below to another series I began on Cutting the Cord from your traditional TV program supplier.

I Cut the Cord from Time Warner Cable in our home in the fall of 2016. I wanted to wait for a while to make sure that the experience was a good one before writing the rest of my guide about the steps we used…but waiting 2 years was never my intention! Yet almost 2 years later  I realize that we still are alone amongst our friends in having done this. The process was really simple looking back on it and the cost savings have been tremendous! It’s even easier now to find other sources to supply you with the television content you’re leaving than it was 2 years ago, so I realize that I need to finish this for my friends and family.

Last I’d like to say Thank You to all my regular readers and subscribers for sticking with me even though I haven’t been writing much this lately…I promise that will change as of today!

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Fix an Apple Notes Problem in ios 11 that Prevents You from Saving Data to Notes

Apple Notes App Description in App Store


After updating my 9.7” iPad Pro to ios 11.3.1, I began experiencing a frustrating problem with Apple Notes. Mind you, this wasn’t the first Apple Notes problem that I’ve encountered with ios 11. It was in fact at least my third. The others were so bad that I basically stopped using any iPad that I’d updated to ios 11 until the Notes problems were fixed.

The main ios 11 Notes problems seem to primarily impact users who have a large database of Notes. I for example, have around 4000 Notes. I take a lot of notes and had switched from primarily using Evernote to primarily using Apple Notes about a year ago due to a problem I was having with Evernote’s speed. Ever since Evernote released version 8 it grew so slow for me that I just couldn’t continue to use it and get anything done!

Luckily that was around the time Apple had beefed up the Notes app enough to make it a realistic alternative. I didn’t plan to switch it just sort of happened as I gravitated more and more towards using Apple Notes when Evernote was so slow I couldn’t stand it!

Description of the Main ios 11 Related Apple Notes Problems

So it was pretty ironic when ios 11 launched that all of a sudden Apple Notes had major speed issues! More specifically when I opened Notes the screen I arrived at was frozen. No amount of waiting made a difference…I had to shut down the app completely and restart it. The second time it would start after a few moments…but then freeze again.

This start and freeze problem might occur 3 or 4 times before I could add something to a note. And I better not leave the Note app and come back…because if I did the whole process started over again!

I don’t recall exactly when this speed problem was finally resolved because as I mentioned already…I stopped using the iPads I’d upgraded to ios 11. Luckily my most favorite 10.5” Pros were never updated! In fact at some point towards the end of 2017 I noticed a bit of a slowdown using the Notes apps even on my Pros running 10.3.3. But the problem is nowhere near as bad as those on ios 11.

So speed, freezing and crashing have been the main Apple Notes problems running under any version of ios 11. Once again, these problems tend to present primarily for heavy Notes users.

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My New Apple Notes Problem in ios 11.3.1

Foolishly I really believed that my Notes problems were behind me once and for all. I’d begun updating some of my iPads to 11″primarily based upon the advice of an Apple Care Senior Support Specialist. Those on various versions of 11 I brought up to date and slowly began moving iPads on ios 10 to 11. I’m glad I went slowly, because this new problem almost completely incapacitated my ability to use Notes this time on the affected device.

My memory is terrible. It always has been. So when I first discovered Evernote it was truly a life changing experience for me. Because for the first time in my life I could really remember things…both long term and short-term. I didn’t just remember things however…now I could remember a lot of things! That’s the reason why I save so many things that I’ve run across online or while reading. By saving them to Notes or Evernote this information is accessible to me indefinitely (unless it goes missing…not an unusual occurrence for Apple users :-/)

That’s really important for what I do now…writing for our websites and creating video tutorials. Frankly I don’t think I’d be doing these things had it not been for the fateful day I discovered Evernote. So, if I want to use some bit of information again someday, or if it’s important for me to remember the content of something personally…it goes into a note. If it’s really important it goes into multiple notes…both the original and a copy may be saved. If it’s something that I deem über important 2 copies may go into both Apple Notes and Evernote.

There was only one problem with this system recently however. The newest Apple Notes problem prevented me from saving notes from any source…Safari, Chrome, Instapaper, Morning Reader, Twitter…you name it…it couldn’t be saved!

The only way I could use the Notes app was to open it and manually type in all the information myself.

Any other method resulted in my receiving the error message below.

My Research Regarding This Error Message Yielded Nothing

Just like when I was experiencing all of the speed issues with Notes, I was unable to find out anything about this new problem because it appeared I was the only person in the world who was experiencing it!

Boy was I wrong! It just took me a little bit of time  to find the others who were having problems too.

Apple Support Forums Come to the Rescue

I took yet another stab at solving this problem today and finally found some others who had it too. The solution for me after trying things like Resetting (aka doing a soft or hard reboot) was to uninstall and reinstall Apple Notes.

I’d forgotten that you could even do that now! But you can and I’ll Guide you through the process.

Steps to Uninstall and Reinstall Apple Notes

Step 1

Make sure Apple Notes is backed up. You can do this by confirming the number of notes you have on your iCloud version of Notes. Or, if you have multiple ios devices, just compare the total number of notes for the device that’s giving you problems with another device. You can do that from right within the notes app. When you enter folder (or notebook view) a total for each notebook is given. The real total is the number appearing for iCloud Notes..because this number includes every category of notes that are backed up to iCloud. If the numbers are the same then your notes should already be backed up to iCloud and you can safely proceed.

Use the procedure below to confirm your notes backup using iCloud in Safari from your ios device.

• Go to iCloud.com and sign in if you need to.

• If you’re on an ios device you need to use ‘Request Desktop Site‘ to be able to access iCloud from your device. See the screenshots below.

Tap on the Notes icon (shown above) to open Notes. If you have a lot of notes like I do…this part can take a while.

Once iCloud has retrieved all your notes confirm that it has roughly the same number that you do on your ios device. If you have a lot less than you may want to perform a backup first. Especially if you only have one ios device.

Step 2

You can delete the Notes app just like you would any other app…just hold down the icon or long press it until all the app icons start wiggling. Then tap on the ‘x.’

Step 3

Reinstall the Notes app. Go to the App Store and type ‘Apple Notes‘ into the search bar. When it appears, tap on it to reinstall it.

Step 4

Go to the Notes app and open it. You’ll arrive at a welcome screen telling you that Apple Notes has some new features.

For me, a pop up message alerted me to the fact that I needed to go to Settings, to turn on iCloud for Apple notes. If you don’t receive the same pop-up message just go to Settings anyway to make sure.

To do that, go to ‘Your Name‘ – iCloud – then scroll down through the list of apps until you see Notes. Make sure that the button is enabled and green is showing (see below.)

Step 5

Now you’ll just need to wait while iCloud repopulates your Notes.

Step 6

While you’re waiting you can do one important thing…test to see if the problem is fixed. Because you don’t need to have your whole data base of notes available to perform this test.

My Fast Test to Determine if the Problem is Fixed

Using the special Apple Method I describe in the post linked to below…look under Method 1 – the Print Command Method.

But to save you time right now I’ll talk you through it. Just go to any webpage and use the Share Icon, find the Print command and tap on it. When the Print window is displayed use 2 fingers to drag the small document displayed in the Print window to the full size of your display screen.

Drag 2 fingers apart to open the magic PDF view.

Then try to save the PDF to a new Note. If you are able to do that successfully then the problem is fixed!

Examples of What You’ll See While You’re Waiting for Notes to Repopulate

 Below:  This is what I saw when I first opened Notes. It looked  like the app was just beginning to repopulate  all of my notes.What Notes looks like when it begins repopulating.


Hopefully I’ve saved you from the hours upon hours of research and frustrations that I endured as I tried to find a solution to this problem. If this works for you…Yay! If it doesn’t, I’d suggest either calling Apple support (‭1 (800) 692-7753‬) or using Apple’s Support Forums to hunt for more possible solutions.

Apple Support Forums

One other solution I found was in a post written by someone who tried this method first without success. His method involves restoring the device I think…but in a sort of unique way, so it might be worthwhile. But error on the side of caution of you’re unsure and go to Apple.


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