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131 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Chicago, Illinois

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One of the many entrances to the Pedway.
Mar 23
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago's Underground: The Pedway Scavenger Hunt

Let this weatherproof, indoor scavenger hunt take you down into the depths of the city.
Charles Hull owned a tavern when he was 12 years old.
Mar 24
Chicago, Illinois

Rosehill Cemetery Walk

One of our most popular monthly events returns for the 2019 season!
Construction of the Bloomingdale Line.
Mar 28
Chicago, Illinois

The 606: Immigrant Stories and Connections

Elevate your perspective on the historical origins of the people that built the former industrial rail line and helped shape the surrounding neighborhoods.
The largest arcade in the nation.
Mar 30
Brookfield, Illinois

History and High Scores at the Nation's Largest Arcade

Learn the history of arcade games and Chicago's special place as one of the centers of arcade game creation.
The Tivoli Theatre, 1928
Mar 31
Downers Grove, Illinois

Tour The Tivoli, the Wonder Theatre of Suburban Chicago

Discover what separates this classic movie theatre from others in the Chicago area.
Chicago's Water Tower on a gloomy spring day.
Mar 31
Chicago, Illinois

A (Totally Fake) Tour of Chicago

An April Fool's Reinvention of Chicago History.
Dance into spring with tunes sure to put a spring in your step.
Apr 4
Chicago, Illinois

Spring Swing: Vintage Jazz at the International Museum of Surgical Science

Join us as we welcome warmer weather to Chicago with jazz star Dandy Wellington in this special after hours performance at the International Museum of Surgical Science.
Easier to escape than it looks.
Apr 6
Chicago, Illinois

Lions, Tigers, & Bears! A Lincoln Park Scavenger Hunt

Our newest "Google-proof" scavenger hunt, located in and around the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Carlson and Blair's Studio for the Hunting Accident.
Apr 7
Chicago, Illinois

The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry

A private studio tour and conversation with the creators of Chicago’s great graphic novel.
Nutella Babka.
Apr 10
Chicago, Illinois

A New Way to Babka

A cultural baking exploration with the talented pastry duo behind the popular online bakery Masa Madre.
The Plant.
Apr 13
Chicago, Illinois

Sweet, Savory and Sour Sips: A Drinking Tour at The Plant

Go behind the scenes at the historic Plant building, and sample a range of fermented brews made on site.
From The Project Gutenberg EBook of "Official Views Of The World's Columbian Exposition"
Apr 26
Chicago, Illinois

Glitz, Glamour… and Panic! A Hunt for the History of 1893 in Chicago

A "Google-proof," history-themed scavenger hunt in the Loop.

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