Hunting Chicago's Historic Calamities - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Hunting Chicago's Historic Calamities

$45 per person
2.5 hours
Up to 10 people
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$45 per person
Chicago, Illinois
What We’ll Do

Tales of fires, floods, and secret tunnels under Chicago await you in this historical scavenger hunt through Chicago's Loop! You'll receive a set of clues, each one of which will take you to the site of a historical disaster in downtown Chicago. As you travel through the city, you'll learn how early disasters in Chicago's history helped shape the city into the modern metropolis it is today.

Each group will receive a set of 10 clues that will take you to 10 different locations, and the first group to find all the answers and reach the host will win a fabulous prize! The answer to the final clue will reveal a hidden location. There, you'll meet your host for a complimentary drink of your choice and a chance to learn more about the history behind these strange but true tales.

Where We’ll Be

Every location you visit will relate to a specific event in Chicago's history that changed its path forever. You'll end at a hidden location (revealed by answering the final clue on the scavenger hunt) where you'll have a chance to chat with your host and hear more stories.

About Your Host

Hi. I’m Leyla, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I've been a resident of Chicago since 2007, and have a passion for its history. I’ve been hosting tours in Chicago for more than 8 years, bringing people with me to explore the city’s hidden corners and find new ways to get around.

For questions about this experience, please contact me directly through Airbnb.

For questions about this experience, please contact me directly through Airbnb.

What Else You Should Know

Guests are encouraged to participate in the hunt either solo or in pairs.
You must be 21+ to be part of the hunt.
This event goes on rain, shine, or snow!
Be ready to walk 2 miles.
Wear shoes fit for an adventure and a cold weather outfit to match.
Limited ADA access.

Group Size

There are 10 spots available on this experience.

Who Can Come

Guests ages 21 and up can attend.

Guests should be comfortable using their phones and the internet to help them solve the clues. You should also be able to follow a map/be able to figure out directions with a map application.

What to Bring
  • Fully Charged Smart Phone
  • Weather Appropriate Clothing
  • Walking Shoes
  • Pen
  • ID
Cancellation Policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

What We’ll Provide

Each ticket includes 1 drink of your choice at the final location.

Dates and Availability

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