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Obscura Society IL: The Sanfilippo Place de la Musique

An exclusive and rarely offered tour of the Place de la Musique, the world's largest collection of restored automatic musical instruments!

Rarely open to the public, Atlas Obscura is proud to offer an exclusive tour of the Place de la Musique at the Sanfilippo estate in Barrington Hills! This estate contains all the wonders of the Industrial Revolution and the best that Victorian entertainment can offer.

Highlights of this tour include: the world’s most complete European salon carousel built in 1890, the world’s largest Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, Orchestrions, Mutoscopes, restored steam locomotives, a multitude of historic clocks, a faithful recreation of a Victorian bar and casino, coin pianos, original chandeliers and antiques from Chicago’s Uptown Theatre, fortune telling machines, strength testers, antique ice cream and popcorn machines, and more!

There’s nowhere else in the world where you will be able to see such beautifully restored machines from the turn of the century, all in working condition. Expect a night full of fun, whimsy, and music! 

Find out more about the estate by watching this video!

Limited amount of Early Bird Tickets until August 14 for $50.

Adventure Notes

The event will run rain or shine.

Where is Sanfilippo Estate? The Sanfilippo Estate is a private residence, and the exact address will be given upon purchase of tickets. Please note that this estate is NOT located on Algonquin Road.

Is there an age limit for the tour? No age limit, but the tour is three hours long and moves through halls of antiques, so all children must be attentive and well behaved.

What do I wear?  Walking shoes recommended, and feel free to dress in your Victorian best if you so desire!

Can I bring my camera along? Photos for personal use are OK, but there is no video nor audio recording allowed, and guests are encouraged to not post pictures on social media.

Is this ADA accessible? Yes.

Is my ticket refundable? No, sorry kids, no money back on this purchase but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.

Leyla I. Royale is an avid Chicago historian & jack of all trades. She is the creator of Chicago horror history site Dead In Chicago, which features daily updates on horrible happenings from the city's past. She works as a cellist for local & national Chicago musicians, is an employee & trapeze artist at Trapeze School New York in Chicago, has been a dedicated historic tour guide at The Chicago Theatre, & spends her Octobers working as a haunted tour guide & as an actor for Zombie Army Productions.

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