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Some CTA riders going pants-free on Sunday

  • No Pants Day 2008
No Pants Day 2008 (Chicago Tribune file photo )
January 03, 2012|By Tracy Swartz, RedEye

If you ride the train Sunday, you'll need a CTA pass but you won't need pants.

The annual No Pants Subway Ride kicks off at noon Sunday at 1210 W. Arthur St. The ride, which is scheduled to last three hours, is the same day as New York's annual No Pants Subway Ride, which began 10 years ago as a prank by an improv group.

Chicago's event has been held for more than five years. More than 285 people signed up on Facebook to participate, as of Tuesday afternoon. More than 200 CTA riders took the Red Line last year sans pants, according to news reports.

The CTA has an ordinance that prohibits indecent exposure such as exposing buttocks or genitals, but "there's nothing that would prevent [riders] from participating in that," CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said in reference to the event.

The event's planners said on Facebook that participants will be organized into groups and assigned a specific train car. They recommend that riders "sit in the car as you normally would. Read a magazine or whatever you would normally do."

Team leaders will assign participants a specific stop where they will do away with their pants. As soon as the doors shut at the stop before theirs, riders should "stand up and take your pants off and put them in your backpack," the event coordinators wrote on Facebook.

"If anyone asks you why you've removed your pants, tell them that they were 'getting uncomfortable' (or something along those lines.)"

Participants are encouraged to exit the train at their assigned stop and stand on the platform—pantsless—and wait on the platform for the next train to arrive.

No Pants Subway Rides are scheduled for other cities, including Atlanta and Washington, on Sunday as well. | @tracyswartz

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