Chicagoans attempt to set record for most bars visited in 24 hours
Proving that there's more to the Guinness Book of World Records than Longest Time Spent Playing Grand Theft Auto IV, 12 Chicago friends are attempting to break the Guinness Record for the Most Bars Visited in 24 Hours (Team).
According the press release, the idea was sparked by Carrie Campbell, a Chicagoan who noted that Seattle residents held the current record: 101 bars. "I found this article and said, 'Seattle holds this record? Really?' This title belongs in Chicago," Campbell says in the release. The team hopes to visit 150. (Perhaps some of these?)
It's not so simple as stepping foot in a bar and hopping in a cab, though. The Guinness Book specifies that a "minimum of one beer or mixed drink must be consumed in each bar" (verified by certified witnesses), contestants can travel only on foot or public transportation, and the crawl must be completed in 24 hours.
Cheer the team on tomorrow (Saturday, November 6) by following along with their tumblr and Twitter accounts. They'll be kicking things off at 9am at the north end of Wrigleyville. From the press release: “In competitions like this, it’s important to start strong and gain momentum before fatigue settles in,” says Chad Kohorst, one of the organizers for the event, “And there’s no better place to gain momentum than Wrigleyville. Unless you’re the Cubs, I guess.”