Obscura Society IL: Unsolved Chicago Mysteries - Atlas Obscura


Obscura Society IL: Unsolved Chicago Mysteries

Murderous matrons, sunken submarines, and mafia mysteries!

Who killed Mafia crime boss Big Jim Colosimo and why does his tomb have the wrong date? Who was the Woman in Black at the Drake Hotel? Who’s buried in Ira Couch’s tomb? Where did the Fool Killer submarine come from and whatever happened to it? How did the Great Chicago Fire start?

Join the Obscura Society Illinois and host Adam Selzer of Mysterious Chicago as we unearth fascinating mysteries that fell through the cracks of history. After years of researching stories for books and the Mysterious Chicago blog, Adam has amassed dozens and dozens of unsolved mysteries from Chicago history. Some are famous, some not so much, but all of these historical tales will keep you awake at night, searching for resolution. A grab-bag of stories from Adam’s various Mysterious Chicago routes, this special 90 minute bus tour is a unique way to explore the city and its history.

Make a day of it! Join us at 1 pm for Devil in the White City: Myth and Mystery as we trace the career of Chicago’s most fascinating villain. Special discount when you book both tours!

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.

Notes for this adventure:

- Meet outside of the Rock and Roll McDonald’s.

- We will be traveling together in a chartered bus.

- Not ADA accessible.

- A signed liability waiver will be required from all confirmed attendees.

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