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Location, Location, Location! A Scavenger Hunt for Movie Magic

Race to discover the Chicago locales featured in famous Hollywood films as we act as location scouts and travel to places near, far, and in-between during this thrilling, star-studded scavenger hunt.

Atlas Obscura challenges movie buffs and film fanatics to take on the challenge of our star-studded 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 the tasks as a two-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 movie 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. 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.


  • Early bird tickets (purchased before May 17) are $30 per player, or $58 for a duo ticket.
  • Regular tickets (after May 17) are $35 per player, $68 for a duo ticket.
  • Ticket includes hunt and one drink ticket per participant for participants 21+.

Additional Details

  • Shrewd scavengers should meet Field Agent Patti Swanson on the outdoor front steps of the Art Institute (near the lions) to receive their instructions.
  • The hunt can be done either solo or in groups of two.
  • You must be 18+ to be part of the hunt, and 21+ to drink.
  • This event goes on rain, shine, or snow!
  • Be ready to walk around two miles. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Bring your fully charged smart phone for the hunt!
  • Limited ADA access: This hunt mostly takes place on Chicago city streets, but will require groups to enter some historic buildings that have limited ADA access.


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Advance tickets only. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges.