Thanks to our good friends at Volumes Bookcafe we're helping celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the beloved hero Where's Waldo here in Wicker Park. Throughout the month of July, join your friends and neighbors in finding Waldo all over Wicker Park! Waldo will be hiding in 25 participating businesses. Find a few or find them all for a variety of prizes from gift cards to Where's Waldo books & swag!
Participants will pick up their Waldo passport at one of the participanting businesses/organizations and set off throughout the neighborhood to find where Waldo is hiding. In honor of the 30th birthday, Wenda will be making an appearance at Volumes Bookcafe as well as some pop-up locations throughout the month!
On July 29th, the morning of Wicker Park Fest, stop by Volumes Bookcafe (1474 N. Milwaukee Ave) for games, snacks and a chance to meet Waldo! Submit your completed passport that day and they will put you in for a series of great prizes!
Don't worry, BIG kids can play, too! Adult League MUST get their passport signed at the required Adult-League spots to qualify for prizes!
Where can you find Waldo this July? Check out this list of Waldo Hiding Spots below!
(Adult League has an asterix)
Challengers Comics + Conversation
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co (836Chi)
Bow & Arrow
Building Blocks Toys
The iconic children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community.
Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Wicker Park!” passport, which contains the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing on July 29th, with the top prize being a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books or a $100 dollar gift card to Volumes Bookcafe!
This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Where’s Waldo? books. Martin Handford’s collections of crowd scenes swept the world in the late eighties, and since then have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 67 million Waldo books in print worldwide, and they’ve been translated into over thirty languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions. To celebrate such a special milestone, Waldo’s friend Wenda will also be hiding in Volumes Bookcafe in Wicker Park! Participants of Find Waldo Local will have double the fun searching for both Waldo and Wenda all month long.
Once again, in celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and two hundred and fifty independent bookstores across the country for some hide-and-seek fun to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Wicker Park, visit the Volumes Bookcafe Wensite.
Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 10:00pm