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Obscura Society IL: Grave Robbing 101

Launch your career as a 19th century body snatcher! 

Robbing graves and taking names! Discover Lincoln Park’s dark past as the old City Cemetery.

Lincoln Park served as the City Cemetery for several decades before the end of the Civil War, a time when grave robbing was a HUGE problem. Join us on Saturday, October 17th to explore relics of the City Cemetery, sites of notorious crimes and legends in the park, and learn the art of grave robbing (both in the park and elsewhere!). Over the course of this adventure, you will observe a tomb-snooping demonstration, learn essential grave robbing vocabulary, become familiar with laws and risks, pick-up tricks of the trade, and more—everything you need to become a 19th Century resurrection man.

Host Adam Selzer has made a career of rescuing odd Chicago stories from the dustbin of history. He is the author of several books, including Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film IndustryThe Smart Aleck's Guide to American History, and The Ghosts of Chicago. He hosts the MYSTERIOUS CHICAGO blog, appears frequently on WGN, NPR, and cable TV, and has been a tour guide for over a decade, running roughly 200 ghost tours per year.

Optional textbook for this course! Check out Adam's book, Smart Aleck's Guide to Grave Robbing.

Notes for this adventure:

 - Meet inside Lincoln Park at the corner of N Clark St and W North Blvd 

- Family friendly, but may be a bit gruesome!

 - This is a two mile walk, mostly on sidewalk but with a little bit of grass.

 - Parking: Some street parking is available, though difficult to come by. There is also a pay lot. Carpool and public transit are recommended. 

 - Public Transportation: A few blocks Sedgwick Brown Line, Division Red Line

 - There are no public restrooms on this tour.

 - WEATHER CANCELLATION: This event is weather dependent. If we are expecting significant rain on this date, we will cancel the event via email. Tickets will be refunded or transferred to a rescheduled date, depending on your availability.

Advance ticket sales only. All sales are final.