Glitz, Glamour…and Panic! A Hunt for the History of 1893 in Chicago - Atlas Obscura
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Glitz, Glamour…and Panic! A Hunt for the History of 1893 in Chicago

A history-themed scavenger hunt in the Loop.

Somehow Chicago misplaced all the records of its most legendary year, and it’s up to some brave and devoted Atlas Obscura mischief makers to hunt them down. Grab a friend and take on the tasks as a two person team or test your mettle solo – either way, this epic hunt promises to send you scavenging through Chicago’s most lavish Loop buildings to discover the historic trials, triumphs, and tribulations of 1893.

The final stop will land you in a super swanky and top secret location, where you can expect to join Field Agent Patti Swanson (and your competitors) for a drink. Our winner receives a special prize – losers, we’ll buy your first drink.

Adventure Notes

Ticket includes: hunt and one drink ticket

Are there age limits for the event? Yes, you have to be 21 

What if the weather is bad? This event goes on rain, shine, or snow!

Where do we meet? Shrewd scavengers should meet Field Agent Patti on the outdoor front steps of the Art Institute (near the lions) to receive their instructions.

How long will I be walking? 2 miles

What should I wear? Shoes fit for an adventure & the cold weather outfit to match.

Is this ADA accessible? Limited access.

Is my ticket refundable? No, sorry kids, no money back on this purchase but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.

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 websites, and

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