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Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Society Illinois Presents: Spirits of the Midway - The History & Science of the Carnival

Join us for an exciting night of carnival curiosities as we partner with Enjoy Illinois to kick off the launch of the brand new Illinois Obscura Society

Step right up for an event like no other! Experience new sensations! Try your hands at feats of skill! See a man defy steel, glass, and even fire! Or just sit back and watch as our performers contort their bodies for your viewing pleasure!

Celebrate the launch of the Illinois Obscura Society and discover the science behind the sideshow as we come together to toast Illinois' curiously wonderful past and present. Illinois has a rich and storied history - what better way to explore than with our take on a classic Carnival Midway, like the very one that was invented just a few miles from our event location? In conjunction with Enjoy Illinois we are proud to present an evening of fun and frivolity highlighting the science and history behind the carnival and the many wonders that make Illinois such a uniquely special place to be.

Our Midway will feature side-show attractions, live music, a frightening dark ride hosted by our friends at Pocket Guide to Hell, displays of local curiosities and culture, and so much more. Headlining the evening will be the unique and talented Thom Britton of FreakShow & Tell. Not only will he defy razor sharp glass, steel spikes, fire and electricity, he'll explain how it's done and show how YOU can perform these wonders yourself.

Snacks provided by Nuts on Clark, plus OPEN BAR by Frankfort Spirits - In a nod to Illinois' reaction to prohibition, our special selection of locally produced beverages will flow freely as part of your admission fee!

Food Truck available during the event.

**Dress to Impress! Vintage Carnival Wear Encouraged**

This event is strictly 21+

Questions? Email [email protected]

ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED.

DETAILS:

Friday, February 13, 9:00 - Midnight
Prices will rise, so buy your tickets now!
Price includes all activities and drinks.
Location: Salvage One
1840 West Hubbard St
Chicago IL 60622
This event is 21+; please bring your I.D.