No Pants Day Comes To Chicago

Commuters across the United States (and the world) shed their pants  this past weekend  for “No Pants Day.”

The event started officially 8 years ago in New York City where participants with bare legs were required to mingle with other– equally half-naked– travelers. But It is said that earlier versions of No Pants date back to the 1990’s.

Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 85 missions involving thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York.

The annual event encourages riders to strip down to their underwear on the Subway as they go about their normal routine.

The event’s organizers, Improv Everywhere, said that as many as 2,000 people participated in the “No Pants Day” event in New York alone, with more participating in  other cities including Chicago and  Washington DC. It is estimated as many as 44  similar events took place in  transit systems in 16 countries!

It is estimated about 120  people  gathered in Edgewater. Got onto a train at the Granville station. From there, groups of people  would get off at each stop and then get on the following train – that way they could surprise the people on different  platforms as well as overwhelm the people already on the train.



According to its official website, Improv Everywhere is a long form improvisation troupe that executes pre-planned “missions” or performances that usually involve socially awkward or unusual situations.



Some commuters who participated in “No Pants Day” said they got phone calls from friends or invitations to join the event on Facebook.

The first Friday in May is another  “No Pants Day”.  
 But no pants in the Winter is a  little  funnier and crazier!