As of this writing, OFF-ROAD YOYO is officially all booked up to be attending the 2018 National YoYo Championship in Chicago, IL. We are not expecting to do anything special, but rather just hang out with our fellow thrower, enjoy the environment, and maybe buy things. This will be the largest contest we have ever attended and, to be perfectly honest, we are beside ourselves with excitement about it.
It is never too early to prepare for something like this. There are things to reserve, schedules to outline, and people to contact. Traveling is a very adult-ish thing to do, after all. We consider any event that requires an ID to be procedural and ceremonious. It should be worthy of note-taking and obsession. It is beautiful, but it is also terrifying. This is where we come in. We want to help.
This is our checklist.
- When: June 29 – July 1, 2018.
- Where: The Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, IL.
The Nitty Gritty
- Venue Address: 2936 N Southport Ave
- Host Hotel: Palmer House Hilton.
- Event Website: http://nationalyoyocontest.com/
This looks tentative at the moment, but this is what has been stated so far:
- 6/29 Friday Afternoon – Open Qualifying 1A
- 6/30 Saturday – Prelims and semi-finals for all other divisions
- 7/1 Sunday – Finals
Useful Tips and Tricks
Per Ben’s comment below, there is a bike-sharing service in Chicago called Divvy Bikes. Although the website will want to sign you up for an Annual membership, there is an apps page which explains how to acquire a bike for a ride, or an entire day, via the Transit App. Setting this up ahead of time could prove useful, and riding bikes is always fun.
Stuff to Bring
Remember: You can always just borrow a toothbrush.
Other Stuff to Bring
Chicago is an exciting city with lots to offer. At least that is what we have read. We’ve never actually been there ourselves. This is fine, though, because there are plenty of stereotypes and clichés for us to lean on when offering suggestions. Rest assured, these things will be invaluable.
A Whole Bunch of Keys
Apparently, you can buy this big ring of over 70 keys that commonly fit landscaping and construction vehicles. So, if you tried to, but cannot grasp the public transportation in Chicago, this is the backup plan for you. Miss the train? Find a Bobcat. Don’t trust Uber? Snag a John Deere.
Be sure to read the single five-star review on this first, though. It is positively rated, somewhat informative (although arguably redundant for those who read the product description), and yet negative if you try to imagine the events that took place for this individual to reach this conclusion.
Snorkel and Fin Things
We took a look at a map of Chicago and we were very surprised to find that there is a ton of water everywhere. It’s borderline obnoxious. Take a look for yourself.
All you have have to do is go a bit to the right and you’ll be totally under water. Be prepared for this. Pack some snorkel and fin things.
Some Quality Reading Material
We recommended this book in our 2017 Holiday Shopping Guide, and we’re going to recommend it again now. We will not stop recommending this book until everyone in the world is tightly clenched and super happy. In case the image is hard to read, this is a book about clenching your anus to be happy.
Bonus Reading Material
It’s Chicago, so reading up on Al Capone seems relevant. We assume that Capone comes up in every single Chicagoan conversation, so being able to keep up is important.
The Most Important Thing To Remember
We cannot wait to go and we look forward to meeting all you beautiful people. Drop us a line to let us know you’ll be there!