Ride the eL, Leave Your Pants at Home

Improv Everywhere organizes fourth annual Chicago pantless subway ride

By Marcus Riley
|  Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010  |  Updated 12:07 PM CDT
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A typical scene from 2009's No Pants Subway Ride.

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We've all seen some strange things while riding the eL, but whatever you've experienced, it's likely to pale in comparison to Sunday's planned pantsless subway ride.

Improv Everywhere is organizing the Chicago event for the fourth year in a row.

Pantsless riders are asked to converge at Berger Park (Granville and Sheridan) at 12 p.m. Sunday, and the shenanigans will continue until 3 p.m.

Several questions come to mind. Where do you put your CTA card? With temperatures likely to be below freezing, how do you combat the -- um, pool effect?

Don't worry, with the sheer size of the crowd, it's possible nobody will be focused on you. More than 150 people participated last year, and more than 800 people had confirmed their attendance as of this writing on the group's Facebook invite.

Organizers encourage participants to wear what they normally wear underneath their clothes and to "avoid silly stunts or anything that might offend people," such as thongs.

But at the end of the day, anything goes, and last time we checked there's no CTA signs saying "no pants, no service."

 

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