Leave your pants at home for No Pants Day Sunday on CTA

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.


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  • 1. It's Arthur Ave, not St.

    2. Another asinine pseudo hipster idiocy.
    This crap needs to stay in Noo Yawk!

  • Also, remember participants, the sanitary seat inserts haven't been installed yet. Or maybe the riders on Jan. 9 should take that warning to heart.

    We can only hope that there is another signal delay at Belmont and the operator keeps the door open through it.

  • Um, is it anywhere specified that even without pants, participants should still have on boxers, briefs, a kilt or skirt, to stay decent?

  • In reply to CCWriter:

    Yes CC - the wearing of some form of underwear is required!

  • I'm looking forward to "Shirt Off Your Back Day" on Metra on April 01.

  • Somehow jumping into Lake Michigan in the winter with those Polar Bears seems more rational and sane than exposing more of one's body than necessary to the delights of CTA seating.

    Must be better ways to get attention (and have an excuse to ogle half-dressed people)

  • If just one of these douchebag hipster perverts so much as grazes me with their schlong on the red line, I will curb-stomp their half-naked body into a world where no light or stupid hipster music can exist.

  • In reply to gwill:

    And what if you encounter a woman in skimpy undies?

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    I will fall in love, of course.

  • In reply to gwill:

    Unless it is like the woman who had the problem on Three Broke Girls this week, to which Max said "Mazel Tov."

  • Between this and the protest in front of Holy Name at noon, this is going to make for an interesting commute. Kevin, do you want pictures?

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    Of course Cheryl, I always want pictures. Thanks!

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Unfortunately I saw no one sans pants Sunday.

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    Who comes up with these ideas? Santa pub crawls, Zombie pub crawls, no pants day on the CTA? I think there's a master Shepard somewhere, organizing the drone like twenty something hipsters to do silly things in the name of non-conformism, and they wind up looking like, gasp, conformist hipsters. But alas, I sound like a party-pooper. I have an idea for the young idealists. Instead of removing just your pants, take everything off and throw a little gasoline on the fire, that ought to shake things up a bit. Just make sure you bring a wet wipe, sometimes those little puddles of water on the CTA seats are more then just rain water.

  • In reply to Joseph Le Sanche:

    It certainly isn't nonconformism, if a bunch of lemmings decide to follow a Facebook page--not much different that the wilding folks, which I think you imply at the end of that sentence.

    The real question is whether they are paying an additional fare, and hence CTA at least gets something on the margin from it, or are just using a monthly or similar pass, in which case they merely constitute a nuisance.

    Good point in the last sentence--people come up wet and won't know if it is thereine or yourine urine.

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