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Something Awesome This Way Comes - The Debut of the Illinois Obscura Society

Illinois Week on Atlas Obscura was created in partnership with Enjoy Illinois as part of the launch of the new Illinois Obscura Society. Sign up to find out more about the back room tours, unusual adventures, and incredible parties that Atlas Obscura will be putting on in Chicago and greater Illinois.


From the Secret Symbolism tour of Green-Wood Cemetery (photo by Steve Acres)

Spread the word - Atlas Obscura is headed to the Midwest to launch a brand new Obscura Society chapter! Sign up here to explore Illinois and Chicago’s most curious, wondrous, hidden, and overlooked locations with Atlas Obscura!

We’ve had an incredible year of events in New York and Los Angeles, curating unique, unusual access experiences ranging from hosting an elaborate cocktail soiree within a historic burial vault to arranging a private viewing within the world’s largest telescope and teaching 300 well-coiffed guests how to pick locks. Now, with 2015 on the horizon we’ve partnered up with Enjoy Illinois to scout out the state’s most curious, wondrous, hidden and overlooked locations.  Our list is long and only continues to grow, and we couldn’t be more excited! Sign up above to hear about our upcoming events! 

An exclusive Obscura Society outing to the New Years Eve Ball earlier this year (photo by Allison Meier)

We’ll be launching February 2015 with a bang! Get ready for a truly earth-shattering debut party in an as of yet undisclosed Chicago location.

Follow the link to sign up for the Illinois Obscura Society mailing list to be amongst the very first to hear about new excursions, adventures and events as they are added to our calendar. In the meantime, feast your eyes upon a small sample of the many wonders and curiosities of Illinois - we’re anxious to begin exploring the state with you! Below are a few of the places we are looking forward to visiting! If you have suggestions for Illinois and Chicago places we should organize a trip to, contact megan@atlasobscura.com!

The Cockcroft-Walton Generator at Fermilab generates the high voltage necessary for accelerating particles through the Tevatron.
The Cockcroft-Walton Generator at Fermilab (photo by wolfstad.com)


Bahá’í Temple (© Bahá’í International Community)

Cave-in-Rock (photo by Terry Priest)


Inside the Armour Meatpacking Plant (photo by Music Man)

 

Jackson Park, Chicago, IL (Public Domain photo by tpsdave)

Sign up here to explore Illinois and Chicago’s most curious, wondrous, hidden and overlooked locations with Atlas Obscura.

Illinois Week on Atlas Obscura was created in partnership with Enjoy Illinois as part of the launch of the new Illinois Obscura Society. Sign up to find out more about the back room tours, unusual adventures, and incredible parties that Atlas Obscura will be putting on in Chicago and greater Illinois.