Scavenger hunts help people get to know a city intimately, which may prove valuable when put in charge of hiding celebrity wax figures for the citywide celebrity-wax-figure hunt that takes place each Easter. Prepare for this venerable American tradition with today's Groupon: for $20, you get an individual entry in the Chicago Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on Saturday, July 16 at 1 p.m. (a $50 value). This one-day competition will begin at Dave & Buster's, located at 1030 N. Clark St., and participants can arrive between 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. to pick up pre-race packets.
During the challenge, teams of two or more individuals will run helter-skelter around the city in a frantic race for cash prizes and personal pride, with a first-place award of $200. Participants have to solve strands of interconnected clues that would test the deductive powers of even the most seasoned children's book detective, and plot spatiotemporal stratagems while exploring undiscovered corners of the city. Although being physically fit is a plus, quick wits and wise planning will ultimately determine the winners. Registration in the challenge gets contestants a clue packet, race-number bib, and T-shirt, and fees go toward contributions to the prize pool. The website answers lingering questions with an FAQ that explains the intricacies of the race, what to wear, why it's not okay to bring a boa constrictor, and other important details.
After the race is through and winners are determined, all participants are invited to partake in an after-party and awards ceremony. Challenge conquerors can partake in drink specials and dance or hammer nails to the beat of the music while additional prizes, such as best costume, are announced.