Chicago Urban Race

benefiting The Children's Heart Foundation

The Chicago Urban Race is an exciting day of teams experiencing the thrills of a Chicago version of the Amazing Race that is one part trivial pursuit and one part urban adventure--all to raise funds and awareness for an often overlooked yet important cause.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What is the Chicago Urban Race?
A:  We have partnered with California-based CitySolve Urban Race to bring you an event where teams of 2-4 individuals band together to use clues that lead them to various destinations throughout the city to perform various tasks and/or challenges while navigating the lively streets and neighborhoods of The Windy City on foot or via public transportation--all to raise funds and awareness for an often overlooked yet important cause.

Q:  How does it work?
A:  Teams each receive a list of 10 clues derived from puzzles, trivia questions, scavenger hunts, etc. which lead them to 10 different destinations to perform an activity challenge.  The goal is to be the first team to complete at least 9 of the 10 tasks, with some mandatory and others optional.  The first three teams to do so receive a prize.  Participants are allowed to bring anything they want to the Urban Race including cell phone, laptop, tablets, GPS, etc. with the only stipulation that they can only walk, run or use public transportation.

Q:  How many people can I have on a team?
You may have 2, 3 or 4 people on a team.  Although registration is done in teams, each member must pay a registration fee.  All teams are eligible to win any prizes.

Q:  Is there an age limit for participation?
No, there is no age limit for participation.  However, those under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian teammate who is over the age of 18.

Q:  How long does it take?
A:  The Urban Race takes about 2½-3½ hours to complete with winners generally finishing in about 2 hours.  The Race ends at the 4 hour mark.

Q:  Is fundraising required as part of participation?
A:  Although we encourage participants to take up our $100 Challenge to benefit our charitable cause, fundraising is optional and not required.

Q:  What should I bring for the Urban Race?
A:  You should bring a digital camera or camera phone, a ballpoint pen (and maybe a spare), a public transit card/day pass, some money, and something to stay hydrated with (depending on the weather, of course).  You may also bring your tablet, laptop, GPS, compass, and/or map (city and transit).  However, you may not use anything that will give you a transportation edge (i.e. rollerblades, skateboard, etc.).

Q:  Why can't I take a cab or wear rollerblades, etc.?
We want to allow all our participants to be on an even playing field which is the reason cabs, bikes, rollerblades, sneakers with wheels, etc. are not allowed.

Q:  Will maps be provided?
No, it is up to each team to bring their own city or public transit maps.

Q:  Do my team members have to wear matching or coordinated clothes/costumes?
No, but costumes are strongly encouraged.  Remember, we also award a prize for Best Costume!  A Race t-shirt will be provided to each participant upon completion of the Urban Race.

Q:  What if I can't figure out a clue?
You can ask people on the street for help.  Call your friends or family for advice.  Just don't give up.  Each team will receive one skip.  This allows each team to pass on solving one clue.

Q:  Besides walking, does the Urban Race require intense physical activity (i.e. climbing walls, lifting heavy objects, sprinting, etc.)
No, the Urban Race is not a test of strength, but a test of wits and resourcefulness.

Q:  What if my camera breaks during the event and I can't take photos of the checkpoints?
You may use either your digital camera or camera phone--have a team member also provide a back-up.  However, we encourage you to keep all photos on one device when possible so it will be easier to share exciting moments of your urban race adventure with family and friends.

Q:  What are the prizes?
The first 3 teams to successfully complete the Urban Race win cash prizes as follows:
             First Prize $300
             Second Prize $100
             Third Prize $50
      ...and bragging rights, of course!  Additionally, we also have prizes for Best Costume, Best Facebook Photo Post and the top fundraisers!