Throughout the past week, chances are that your Facebook feed has been full of friends who suddenly became huge fans of Pokemon. This sudden interest in Nintendo’s most popular property this side of Super Mario Bros. is due to the fact that "Pokemon Go" was released on July 6 for iOS and Android platforms.
In case you personally have yet to be sucked into the phenomenon, "Pokemon Go" is a free “augmented reality” game developed by Niantic exclusively for mobile devices. Your immediate physical location is transformed into your own little corner of the Pokemon universe, complete with streets, rivers and other geographic features. Acting as a Pokemon trainer, your goal is to physically walk around and catch the adorable Pokemon monsters. Thanks to the game’s unique layout, it is entirely possible to catch Bulbasaur, Zubat or even Pikachu in your own driveway or at the park.
In addition to the cute monsters, other landmarks in your neighborhood have also been designated as “Poke Stops,” where, if you are physically close enough, you can fill your virtual bag with Poke Balls, revival potions, etc. So far, most Poke Stops tend to be located at churches, post offices, parks and other similar areas, effectively reviving interest in these places by "Pokemon Go" players — if only for an instant.
Philadelphia itself has no shortage of Poke Stops — and they aren’t just limited to its historical markers and places of worship. Let’s visit 10 of the many Philadelphia sights that have unexpectedly become item stashes.
Smack in the heart of Center City, City Hall is a Second Empire-style structure that is the nucleus of local government — and also a place to stock up on Poke Balls. Other Poke Stops on the site include the plaque commemorating the founding of Mother’s Day in Philadelphia.