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Obscura Society IL: Obscure Chicago

Join us for an interactive talk about some of Chicago's strangest history and undiscovered places in an one of Chicago's most interesting museums!

The International Museum of Surgical Sciences hosts Chicago-based curious person Jeff Wagg for lively talk on some Chicago history and places that most tour guides miss.

Atlas Obscura has taken up permanent residence in Illinois, and we've added dozens of new places to our atlas many of which are in Chicago. And while you're probably familiar with the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and the late, great River View Park, you may not have heard about the role Chicago played in the fate of the first Goodyear Blimp, the connection between a civil war POW camp and roller derby,  or why a dying man from San Francisco built an ornate fountain on the corner of Michigan and Roosevelt. 

Jeff will explain these and many other curios and encourage the audience to contribute their bits of knowledge as well. 

While this event is free, there is a $10 per person suggested donation to the museum which will be collected at the event. All proceeds will go to benefit the museum. Tickets are required.


  • All ages
  • This is a lecture, and does not include a tour of the museum
  • Pay parking is available on the street and in a few local garages.