Schiller Pokémon

Russell’s dog Betty was restless, so I decided to take her for a lap around Schiller Park. When we got there the park was packed with people, and there was even a traffic jam of cars cruising around the perimeter looking for a parking spot. When I looked more closely, I noticed that every person in the throngs was staring like a zombie at their cellphones and tapping away. Apparently they were playing a Pokémon-like game — and, of course, they weren’t exactly enjoying the park to the fullest in doing so.

Why use an already busy neighborhood park as the location for a game? If all people are going to do is stumble around looking at their phones, hoping to capture fictional creatures, why not send them to some desolate concrete slab instead?