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City Hotspots are locations throughout Chicago in Watch Dogs, that the player can visit and check into.


When the player finds a city hotspot, they can "check in" to the hotspot, which allows them to access a description of the hotspot, leave gifts for other players, and even become the "mayor" of the hotspot.

Checking In

As the player moves around Chicago, they'll notice small check mark icons positioned around the map, these indicate city hotspots. Marks that are filled in, indicate locations that the player has previously visited. When in range of them, adjacent locations within their smartphones radius are also shown, whether they've found them or not.


City hotspots are represented as square plaques, and can be checked into when the player approaches them. Checking in at city hotspots allows the player to discover history and information about the city of Chicago, earn badges, and pick up gifts left there or leave gifts for other players.

App Features

When the player selects the City Hotspots App, they're greeted with a screen which shows them how many locations they've visited (check-ins), and how many badges they've earned. The 30 nearest hotspots to the players current location are also listed. The player can separate this list into those that they have or have not visited, along with icons showing the distance, whether they've checked in and the available number of gifts.


History and Information

When the player accesses a city hotspot or brings up and selects a previously visited hotspot, a submenu appears, where they can view details of the location:

  • The name and how many times they've checked in.
  • History and other pertinent information.
  • Who the "mayor" is.
  • Whether gifts have been left by the player or are available for them to retrieve.


Inside of the app, the player can leave gifts or receive gifts from other players. The gifts that they can provide of receive include:

  • Ammunition for any weapon.
  • Items for crafting.
  • Cash.

Earning Badges

A variety of badges are available specifically related to hotspots. This includes badges for:

  • Checking in at a specific number of hotspots.
  • Checking in with a specific total (e.g. 300 times).
  • Checking in at a specific type of hotspot (e.g. hotels).
  • Checking in under certain conditions (e.g. rain).
  • Checking in on a certain day (e.g. July 4).

Becoming Mayor

By checking in at a location more times than anyone else over the course of a seven-day period, the player will become mayor. There are two unique badges to claim by becoming mayor.

Note Note: There is a time delay of one hour between check ins, disallowing the player to check in several times in a row.

Hotspots List

City Hotspots

Hotspot Name  Location 
WKZ-TV Tower Mad Mile
WKZ-TV Center The Loop
Windy City Shipyards Brandon Docks
Willis Tower The Loop
Water Tower Mad Mile
Vyvyn K. Turner Bridge Pawnee
Vault Tower The Loop
V Alley The Wards
Triomphe Tower Mad Mile
Tremont House Hotel The Loop
The Sausage Vat Murder Mad Mile
The Sands Mad Mile
The Pawnee Murder House Pawnee
The Murder Market The Wards
The Fort Dearborn Massacre The Loop
The Chicago Yacht Club Brandon Docks
Stockyards The Wards
St. Valentine's Day Massacre Lookout Mad Mile
St. Valentine's Day Massacre Mad Mile
St. Jude Police League The Loop
St. Joseph Cemetery Parker Square
South Tech University The Loop
Sienna Brick Factory Brandon Docks
Shotgun Man The Wards
Sheridan Wave Club Mad Mile
Seventh Federal Bank The Loop
Secret Six The Loop
Seaside Restaurant Mad Mile
Saga Theater Mad Mile
Saffard Memorial Fountain The Loop
Rossi-Fremont The Wards
Raven Building The Loop
Randolph Street Subway Terminal The Loop
Piper Gate Parker Square
Phoebus Theater Parker Square
Pawnee Trailer Park Pawnee
Pawnee Mill Pawnee
Parker Square Marina Parker Square
Palin Correctional Center The Loop
Owl Motel Parker Square
Ocean Tower The Loop
O'Banion's Flower Shop Mad Mile
Navy Pier Building Mad Mile
Murder Castle The Wards
Miller's Rail Bar The Loop
Meadowmoore Dairies The Loop
May Stadium Parker Square
Lombardo Murder The Loop
Lipstick Killer - Ross Crime Scene Mad Mile
Lipstick Killer - Degnan Crime Scene Mad Mile
Lipstick Killer - Brown Crime Scene Mad Mile
Lexington Hotel The Loop
Lakeshore Water Refinery Brandon Docks
Junkyard Pawnee
John Hancock Center Mad Mile
John A. Walsh Public School The Wards
Home of Samuel "Nails" Morton Mad Mile
Home of Lloyd Pinkerton The Wards
Hit on Johnny Torrio The Wards
Haymarket Square Riot The Loop
Hawthorne Hotel The Wards
Harbor Lighthouse The Loop
Hanson Park Mad Mile
Green Hook Tackle Shop Pawnee
Four Deuces Brandon Docks
Forever Sculpture The Loop
Farris Halstead Library Parker Square
Face Fountain The Loop
Desplaines Street Police Station The Loop
Deadman's Corner The Wards
Dam Pawnee
Crowley Building Mad Mile
Cree Theater The Loop
Crazy Moose Inn Pawnee
Commonwealth Hotel Mad Mile
City Marina The Loop
City Hall The Loop
Chicago World News Tower Mad Mile
Chicago Eastland Disaster The Loop
Chicago Commerce Building The Loop
Chicago Arts & Sciences Center The Loop
Cermak Bridge Brandon Docks
Carding Center The Loop
Burned Down Factory The Wards
Bridge Construction Pawnee
Bram Steffan Pavilion The Loop
Botanical Gardens Parker Square
Bootlegging Factory The Loop
Blume Pawnee
Bloody Maxwell Police Station The Loop
Birthplace of the Chicago South Club Mad Mile
Big Jim Colosimo's Cafe The Wards
Bernai Island Pawnee
Aon Center The Loop
Ambrose Theatre The Loop
Aiello's Bakery The Wards
Abraham Lincoln Statue The Loop
Abandoned Station Pawnee
35 East Wacker Drive The Loop
2nd Regiment Armory Mad Mile
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