Obscura Day 2016: Grave Robbing 101 - Atlas Obscura

Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Day 2016: Grave Robbing 101

It's never too late to launch your career as a 19th-century body snatcher.

Many Chicagoans live their entire lives without realizing that Lincoln Park was once the city cemetery - and that there are still bodies buried there. But not every grave lies undisturbed. In the 1850s and 1860s, this was a real hot spot for grave robbers. On Obscura Day, Adam Selzer of Mysterious Chicago Tours (author of The Smart Aleck's Guide to Grave Robbing), will present relics of the old city cemetery and discuss the tricks of the trade. 


Saturday, April 16: 4:00pm -5:30pm
Ticket Cost: $21

Chicago History Museum
1601 N Clark St
Chicago IL, 60614

Please meet outside the Chicago History Museum on North and Clark. Look for the guy with the clipboard outside the cafe.

Street metered parking is available around the museum and at the Museum Parking lot located one block north of the Museum at Clark and LaSalle Streets. It costs $9 with Museum validation; Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit cards are accepted.

How accessible is the event? The event is mostly a walking tour. Pavement will be available, but we may also be walking off the path in the grass.

This event is hosted by Atlas Obscura Field Agent Adam Selzer. He is an author who does all kinds of neat stuff. Besides writing books on silent film in Chicago, ghostlore, antique serial killers, and unsolved mysteries (not to mention about a dozen young adult novels), he runs the Mysterious Chicago blog and tour company.  He’s been a tour guide for a decade, and talks about bizarre local history on TV and the radio regularly. See links to all his stuff at adamchicago.com.

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