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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.

Join us for a presentation & tour of the old Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium grounds led by noted Chicago historian & Chicago Municipal Sanitarium researcher Frances O'Cherony Archer. You'll learn about the 100-year history of the Tuberculosis Sanitarium, hear personal stories of people who lived at the Sanitarium, & get a chance to tour the area & view the remaining buildings & tunnel entrances. Now home to the North Park Village and Nature Center, the area is a serene nature oasis home to deer, old growth trees, & the original beautiful brick buildings from the Sanitarium.


  • The event will run rain or shine.
  • We'll be meeting at the North Park Nature Center inside of the North Park Village Campus. When entering the area from Pulaski, drive straight and take the first or second left. Follow this road to the end, where you will find a small building on the left-hand side in the woods. This is the Nature Center, and there will be signs in front should you get confused.
  • A short presentation will be given at the Nature Center, but the majority of the event will be a walking tour on the sidewalk & in the forest of the grounds.
  • The tour is Approximately 2 miles.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not recommended.
  • The event has limited ADA access. 
  • Wear your walking shoes and bring your cameras!
  • This ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.

About Field Agent Leyla I. Royale
Leyla I. Royale is an avid Chicago historian and jack of all trades. She is the creator of Chicago horror history site Dead In Chicago, which features daily updates on horrible happenings from the city's past. She works as a cellist for local and national Chicago musicians, is an employee and trapeze artist at Trapeze School New York in Chicago, has been a dedicated historic tour guide at The Chicago Theatre, and spends her Octobers working as a haunted tour guide and as an actor for Zombie Army Productions.


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