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Discover 191 Cool and Unusual Things to Do in Illinois


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May 6

Chicago, Illinois

Oriental Institute Museum Tour

Spend the morning in the Ancient World.
Leyla I. Royale is an avid Chicago historian & jack of all trades
May 6

Chicago, Illinois


Explore some of the biggest disasters that helped shape Downtown Chicago.
May 6

Chicago, Illinois

Private Tour of Chicago’s Leather Archives & Museum

Join us as we explore this intriguing collection dedicated to the compilation, preservation, and maintenance of leather, kink, and fetish lifestyles.
May 13

Wilmette, Illinois

Explore The History and Teachings of the Baha'i Faith

Visit the Only Baha'i House of Worship on the continent and learn about its history and significance.
May 19

Chicago, Illinois

Landmarks & Letterpress at Starshaped Press

A laid-back lecture on architecture and printing history with a chance to explore one of Chicago’s coolest letterpress studios.
May 21

Chicago, IL

Chicago's Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium

Explore the Forest Preserve that was once home to the most State of the Art Tuberculosis Sanitarium in the United States.
May 31

Chicago, Illinois

Tour of the Roger Brown Study Collection

Join us for a unique and exclusive tour of the Roger Brown Study Collection, a house museum, archive, and one of SAIC special collections.
The Plant's outdoor farm takes shape in the facility's parking lot
Jun 17

Chicago, Illinois

A Slaughterhouse Turned Green: Tour and Tasting

Explore the hidden networks inside The Plant, a retired pork factory From Chicago's meat processing years.
Jul 13

Barrington Hills, Illinois

Place de la Musique Tour

Explore a wonderland of musical automatons, victorian ephemera, steam engines, and French carousels.

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