DASH3 – Chicago, IL

Event takes place at 2011-04-30 11:00:00.

What is this?

DASH (Different Area - Same Hunt) is a one-day, walking puzzle hunt that takes place in multiple cities across in the US on the same day (and roughly at the same time, too). Think a more relaxed The Amazing Race, but with a puzzle at every clue stop.

Sounds interesting... when and where are you doing this?

Glad you asked. DASH3 Chicago will take place on April 30th, 2011 and start at 11 am.  We might be starting at Daley Plaza (Clark and Washington, with the Picasso statue) in the Loop, but that could change closer to the event.  Assume that we're starting somewhere in the Loop.

How long does this take?

It depends heavily on the experience of the team.  Typical teams should expect to take from 5-8 hours to complete the entire hunt, but expert teams typically finish in 2-3 hours.  If you want a quicker, more casual experience, we should be able to customize the experience for you. 

That's long. What if I want to take a break?

The great part about DASH is that your team's score is only based on puzzle-solving times.  Want to grab a quick lunch in-between clues? Be our guest.  Coffee stop? Sure. Liquid courage?  It's probably not going to help, but we're not going to stop you.

Wait... you said teams. I need friends? How many?

Teams are typically from 3 to 6 people, but there is no hard and fast rule on the number.  We've seen teams of two compete effectively against the elite teams!  Teams larger than six tend to preclude everyone from participating in the puzzle solving process.  If you have a group of more than six people, you are strongly encouraged to consider forming two teams. And if you're a loaner, e-mail us at [email protected] and we'll set you up with other puzzle-minded affictionados.

Is this going to cost me anything?

Yes.  The Windy City edition of DASH3 will cost $40 per team.   We're not trying to make money, just cover our expenses. Once you've registered on this website, we'll contact you shortly to collect payment through PayPal or good old fashioned snail mail. Where else are you going to get a full day worth of fun for less than the cost of movie tickets?  (Plus, we'll be playing in actual 3D!)

This. Is. Awesome. Where do I sign up?

Send your browser to http://www.playdash.org/DASH3/getinline.php, and you'll be on your way.

What if a puzzle is too difficult? Can we get help?

Of course! You'll have the standard Ask the Audience, Phone a Friend, and 50/50 at your disposal.  Okay, that last sentence was a lie.  But hints are available! The DASH game control will be on site in each location to provide help in the event you get stuck.  Hint scoring systems have been devised that encourage teams that need a nudge to ask for hints to keep momentum flowing.  We want your puzzle solving experience to be a positive one, so we will be on hand to help.

We know we're going to come in first. What are we going to win?

Pick One: A) our undying love and affection, or B) hearty applause and back slaps all around.  In all honesty, no prizes will be given out, but DASH is never about the destination, it is about the journey.  If you are interested to see how your team performed against other teams around the country, nationwide results will be posted to the DASH website a week or so after the event.

DASH is outdoors? What if it rains?

We're playing.


Still playing.


It's the midwest. Not gonna happen.


We'll all take shelter. Then we'll keep playing indoors.


Okay, now you're just messing with me.


It's okay. Just remember to dress accordingly.

I've signed up! What should I be bringing?

  • Paper  -- Looseleaf or in notebooks, paper is the perfect medium to quickly jot down ideas, lists, etc. as you solve your clues.
  • Pencils/Pens/Sharpies -- You'll need something to write with; pencils and pens do the trick nicely.  Colored pencils can come in handy at times, and Sharpies are good when working on transparencies.
  • Stationery Supplies -- Things like scissors, tape and glue sticks often come in handy during DASH events when clue construction (or destruction) is required.
  • Writing Surface -- Clipboards are ideal when you are on the go.  Not every puzzle site will have tables for working.
  • Reference Material  -- Here it is a matter of personal choice on how prepared to be for DASH.  With smart phones, the need for lugging additional references is reduced, or obviated entirely.  That's what we think, anyway. If a puzzle really needs google, and you do not have a smartphone, Game Control will be more than happy to act as your personal google.  Just be careful what you search. :)
  • Food & Water -- There will be plenty of places along the way for you to stop and purchase a snack, but if you dont want to take the time to stop, you might wish to bring some sustinance with you.
  • Protection from the Elements -- See the section on weather above.
  • Good shoes -- 4 inch stillettos would not be considered good for DASH.  You'll be walking all over Chicago, so bring something comfortable and supportive!

And if I want to stay informed?

There's this site, playdash.org. There's also the DASH facebook page.  Finally, you can stalk follow us @dash3chicago on Twitter.  Or e-mail us at [email protected]

Who are you people?

We're Chicago Game Control, otherwise known as 4-strangers that wanted to make sure DASH finally came to the Windy City.  I'm James Nelson, and my partners in crime are Lindsey Sharp, Andrea Burbank, and Daniel Webster.  We're also extremely excited to have the creator of DASH, Debbie Goldstein, joining us in Chicago for our event.  We're pretty pumped. :D