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No Pants Subway Ride returns to Chicago on Sunday

Riders showed off their underwear during the 2016 edition of the No Pants Subway Ride.
Photograph: Jordan Avery Riders showed off their underwear during the 2016 edition of the No Pants Subway Ride.

We’ve all been there—you quickly board a CTA train only to find that you choose the same railcar as the guy who isn’t wearing pants. It’s an unpleasant memory, sure, but don’t let that one chance encounter sour you on riding the subway sans culottes.

On Sunday, pantsless adventurers in more than 30 cities worldwide will take part in the infamous No Pants Subway Ride. True to its name, the event welcomes funny people from throughout the city to get together, share some laughs and bare their briefs for a couple hours on the CTA Red Line.

The annual event was started in 2002 by New York City-based comedy collective Improv Everywhere. The purpose of the event is to have a little fun, so a sense of humor is required. Participants should dress for the weather (including pants, which will be removed before boarding the train) and keep a straight face, as organizers say the humor comes from the reactions of riders not in the know.

This year’s No Pants Subway Ride begins at noon on Sunday and is open to the public. Bare-legged thrill-seekers taking part in the event will meet at the parking garage at 1210 W Arthur Ave (next to the CTA Loyola station) before shedding their pants and taking a ride on the Red Line. And for anyone not in the know, participants are required to cover their private bits so be sure to wear your skivvies.

Check out photos from last year’s No Pants Subway Ride and don't be surprised if the person standing next to you on the Red Line this weekend seems to have forgotten to cover their legs.

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