The Atlas Obscura Guide To Chicago
148 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Chicago, Illinois
Updated October 19, 2023
Thereʼs more than wind in the metropolis of the Midwest. Fascinating foods, marvelous museums, and an actual 1957 Cadillac De Ville encased in 15 cubic yards of concrete. This place has everything.
Unusual Attractions in Chicago
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Atlas Obscura Itineraries
A Feminist Road Trip Across the U.S.
Atlas Obscura has a tradition of exploring the stories of women who changed the world, from wildlife biologists and mountain climbers to Civil War spies and tattoo artists. To celebrate these daring women who struck out on their own, we’ve put together a cross-country road trip. Over 12 stops and more than 3,000 miles, this route will give you a front-row seat to women’s history in America.
Stories About Chicago
Podcast: Fairy Castle
Podcast: Green Mill Jazz Club
Podcast: Chicago Bridge Houses
Podcast: The Plant
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Lists Featuring Chicago
14 Surprisingly Romantic Places in Chicago
The most interesting spots to spend Valentine's Day in the Windy City.
Including Garfield Park Conservatory, Tiffany Dome, and The Violet Hour
Novus Ordo Seclorum: 14 Places to Unearth Masonic Secrets
Your best bets for gaining insight into the real history of Freemasonry.
Including Zedekiah's Cave, Masonic Lodge of the Andaz Hotel, and House of the Temple
Unique Cemeteries in Chicago
Strange and fascinating graveyards to visit in the Second City.
Including Rosehill Cemetery, Graceland Cemetery, and Bohemian National Cemetery