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Location, Location, Location! A Hunt for Movie Magic

Race to discover the Chicago locales featured in famous Hollywood films.

**This is the new date for the event originally scheduled for December 1, 2017**

Atlas Obscura challenges movie buffs and film fanatics to take on our newest "Google-proof" scavenger hunt! Using the power of deduction—and some shrewd, cinematic sleuthing—you and a friend will discover the historic locations of some of Chicago's most famous productions while learning a little about the city's architecture 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 put your pop culture knowledge to the test as you learn to see the city through the eyes of a location scout.

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 need. The final stop will land you in a mystery location, where you can expect to join Field Agent Patti Swanson and local director Hayward Suggs for a drink. Our winning team receives a special prize—losers, we’ll buy your first beverage.


  • Ticket includes hunt and one drink ticket for participants 21+.
  • You must be 18+ to be part of the hunt.
  • The hunt can be done either solo or in groups of two.
  • This event goes on rain, shine, or snow!
  • Shrewd scavengers should meet Field Agent Patti by the Lions in front of the Art Institute of Chicago to receive their directions.
  • Be ready to walk 2 miles.
  • Wear weather appropriate clothing & comfortable walking shoes.
  • Bring your fully charged smart phone for the hunt; while you can't Google every answer, your phone will help with clues.
  • Limited ADA access; the hunt takes place entirely on the streets of downtown Chicago.
  • The ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer your purchase by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.


Email patti.swanson@atlasobscura.com


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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