If you’ve always wanted to ride the Red Line in the freezing cold without pants, then mark this Sunday on your calendar.
Yep, Jan. 8 is the 11th Annual No Pants Subway Ride Day. The festivities begin at noon Sunday at 1210 W. Arthur St. at the parking garage. Chicago participants will then proceed to the Loyola Red Line stop. Check the Facebook page for more details. Here are some of the fun deets:
Sit in the car as you normally would. Read a magazine or whatever you would normally do. Your team leader will have already divided you into smaller groups, assigning your group a specific stop where you will depants.
As soon as the doors shut at the stop before yours, stand up and take your pants off and put them in your backpack. If you’d like to use a briefcase, purse, grocery bag, or whatever instead of a backpack that’s fine too. If anyone asks you why you’ve removed your pants, tell them that they were “getting uncomfortable” (or something along those lines.)
Exit the train at your assigned stop and stand on the platform, pantless. You will wait on the platform for the next train to arrive. Stay in the exact same place on the platform so you enter the next train in the same car as you exited the last train.
When you enter, act as you normally would. You do not know any of the other pantless riders. If questioned, tell folks that you forgot to wear pants and yes you are a little cold. Insist that it is a coincidence that others also forgot their pants. Be nice and friendly and normal.
There were more than 10,000 participants on six rail lines last year in New York City. So far,more than 400 people have RSVP’ed on Facebook for the Chicago event. So we have a ways to go, Chicago! Sign up now!
And check out the Flickr photo set from last year’s event.