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Ghouls, Gargoyles & Ghost Signs: A Historic and Haunted Scavenger Hunt

Our newest Google-proof scavenger hunt isn’t for the faint of heart.

Rustling autumn leaves always seem to draw out the city’s restless ghosts. Fortunately, our talented team of Atlas Obscura Field Agents recently invented a device that turns the murmurs of their haunted souls into… well, English. The bad news? Our team is overwhelmed with their requests! Join us on a scavenger hunt for the ages as you tackle a series of historical clues designed to help you discover stories of the city’s past and put a few rumors (and spirits) to rest along the way.

Take on on the tasks as a 2-person team, or test your mettle solo: either way, this epic hunt promises to send you scavenging for the history of spurned socialites, grotesque ornament, long-forgotten businesses, anguished architects, and terrible disasters. 

Don’t forget to charge your phone! Our well-crafted clues can’t be solved with a simple Google search, but you’re likely to need some internet assistance to help you find the answers you seek. The final stop will land you in a mystery location, where you can expect to join Field Agent Patti Swanson (and your competitors) for a drink. Our winning team receives a special prize—losers, we’ll buy your first beverage.

QUESTIONS?

Email patti.swanson@atlasobscura.com

ABOUT PATTI SWANSON

Patti Swanson is an architectural historian, educator, preservation enthusiast, and bookbinder living in Chicago. Raised near Austin, Texas, Patti came to Chicago in 2011 to pursue a degree in art history at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and stayed for the city's rich history, friendly people, and balmy winters. She worked as a tour guide for four years in various capacities before starting her own walking tour company, Chicago for Chicagoans, in 2016. Patti factors lots of local collaboration into her tours and strongly believes in making history accessible to everyone. She is best described as "Shazam for buildings," and can be found on her website Chicago for Chicagoans.

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