125 Cool and Unusual Things to Do in Chicago - Atlas Obscura
Our new kids' book is on sale! Shop now.
The Atlas Obscura Guide To


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

Unusual Attractions in Chicago

Chicago: A Weekend Guide for the Curious Traveler

Just when you thought you knew the Windy City, it finds new ways to surprise you.

View Itinerary

Unique Food & Drink in Chicago

Explore Chicago, Illinois

Launch Map

Upcoming Events Near Chicago

Schoenhofen Monument.
Nov 25
Chicago, Illinois

Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour

Explore both the celebrated and overlooked histories of Graceland Cemetery.
Dec 1
Chicago, Illinois

Nature's Time Capsule

Explore the intersections of science and nature at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's offsite collection facility.
J. Allen Hynek.
Dec 1
Evanston, Illinois

A Close Encounter With the Father of UFO-ology

Star gazing and the story of J. Allen Hynek, the Northwestern astrophysicist who made the world believe in UFOs
A vintage view of the famous department store.
Dec 7
Chicago, Illinois

Give the Lady What She Wants: A Scavenger Hunt in Marshall Field’s

Explore Chicago's historic State Street department store on this unique scavenger hunt.
Chicago Cultural Center.
Dec 15
Chicago, Illinois

Breakfast With Tiffany’s…Mosaics

A walking tour of Chicago's Loop, highlighting its brilliant mosaic works.
A dream of Christmas.
Dec 16

A Silent Christmas

An afternoon of early silent films and an exploration of Chicago's role in the movie business.

Stories About Chicago

Lists Featuring Chicago