XPLORE Chicago- Urban Adventure Race

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XPLORE Chicago is back! Race through the city, solve clues and complete wild challenges in this urban adventure race; coming to the city on Saturday, September 10th. Get in on the action, book your stay at Broughton’s City Suites Hotel now and let the races begin.



XPLORE is the first-ever nationwide mobile race with real-time checkpoint verification, innovated in 2014 by Xperience Adventures. Although the company did not officially launch until 2013, the team behind Xperience Adventures have been designing community-wide scavenger hunt races since 2001. In the summer of 2015, their first global event titled The X-Race was born. But the adventure doesn’t stop there- plans are pending for the launch of another unique and exciting event sometime this year.


XPLORE Chicago is just one race in a series of XPLORE races that take place throughout the United States in cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Houston and Washington DC. The race is scheduled to begin at 12pm on Saturday, September 10th in downtown Chicago, lasting an average of 2-4 hours. Register now– nurture your adventurous soul and experience the city like you’ve never seen it before! Fees are as follows:

  • Team (now until 9/3)- $35/person
  • Team (9/3- race day)- $45/person
  • Solo- $50/person
  • Season Pass- $55/pass


How it Works

Upon registration, teams will begin receiving clues days before the event. These clues help teams discover the race day “Access”- a location in the city that will get you access to all of the race checkpoints. Clues involve puzzles, multi-media, local knowledge and everything in between, so don’t be afraid to interact with the locals. Start the race from any location that you think will give your team the best advantage. Checkpoints are scattered throughout the city; travel by foot for a good workout or hop on the train to save time.


Challenges are located at checkpoints and scattered sporadically throughout the city. Each team must complete every challenge they encounter with the exception of 1 designated skip. Challenges are fun, social and will most likely incorporate the city landscape, local businesses and creative technology (bring a change of clothes, there’s a good chance you’ll get wet, dirty or covered in something along the way!). Upon completion of challenges or after each checkpoint, teams should submit a photo or video to the race headquarters to be verified in real-time. The top 3 teams to finish the required number of checkpoints or challenges will win prizes, and the top 25 teams to finish will receive points toward the leaderboard and cash prize.


There is one universal leaderboard based on points that incorporates teams from all of the XPLORE races. At the end of the season, the top team with the most points and highest domination factor will take home the X-Prize: a cash prize that grows throughout the entire season based on the total number of registered racers in every city (last year’s top team took home $4,022!).


Want to know more? Check out the FAQs Page  on the Xperience Adventures’ website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.



XPLORE Chicago- Urban Adventure Race

Where: Downtown Chicago, IL

When: Saturday, September 10th @ 12pm

Fees: $35+



Where to Stay

City Suites Hotel

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.