No Pants Subway Ride strips down on Sunday

For one day each year, it's totally acceptable to flaunt your underwear on the El. Check out photos from last year's No Pants Subway Ride in anticipation of this year's event

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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.
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Photograph: Max HermanChicago was one of nearly 60 cities worldwide participating in the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 12.

It's an annual tradition here in Chicago (and many other cities with subway systems): On one day each winter, hundreds of brave individuals gather on CTA platforms, remove their pants, step onto a train and act as if nothing out of the ordinary is happening. Tourists and travelers are confused, but most people are in on the joke and chuckle to themselves as groups of pantless participants go about their business.

RECOMMENDED: See photos from previous No Pants Subway Rides in Chicago

The 2015 edition of the No Pants Subway Ride begins on Sunday at noon, so expect to see some underwear if you decide to ride the Red Line. (Organizers are skipping the Blue Line this year, though you may see some rogue participants in their skivvies.) For a preview of the stripped-down festivities, take a look at our photos from last year's event.

 

Comments

3 comments
Nancy B

Although this is kinda funny, it's probably one of the worst things people can do to themselves (if they decide to go without their pants) on the el.  There have been numerous reports of bedbugs on the el, I would definitely not chance it.  GROSSSS!!!

Nancy B

@AdamBlack312 Probably!  I would just avoid sitting down while on the train, period, but that's just me.  To each their own.  To all those participating, have fun at the no PANTS on the subway PARTY!    

Adam B

@Nancy L by that logic, they'd wanna take their pants off after getting off the train?