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Guide Adam Selzer on a 2018 cruise
Jun 18
Chicago, Illinois

The Astonishing Architecture Boat Tour

Atlas Obscura presents a very special twist on Chicago's beloved architecture boat tours, revealing the unknown tales hidden inside the city's most famous landmarks and locations.
Mysterious Chicago.
Jun 19
Chicago, Illinois

Architecture of Mysterious Chicago

Author Adam Selzer highlights the histories and unsolved mysteries of the city's landmarks.
Famous authors have lived in homes like these in Wicker Park
Jun 21
Chicago, Illinois

Mansions, Merchants and Mystery: Hunting for the History of Wicker Park

A historic and “Google-proof” scavenger hunt, set in Chicago’s Wicker Park.
Taylor Street is packed with strange history.
Jun 23
Chicago, Illinois

The Darker Side of History: Taylor Street

Travel the same stretch of Little Italy that was home to some of Chicago's most notorious mobsters.
Will these hops be a hit?
Jun 26
Evanston, Illinois

A Battle of the Bizarre Brews

Taste your way through a delightfully strange sampling of craft beers paired with a five-course meal inside a former fire station.
Cuttlefish with ticket.
Jun 27
Chicago, Illinois

Cephalopod Movie Night With Science Friday

Join the Science Friday crew to celebrate Cephalopod week with libations and an immersion into the underwater world of these strange, tentacled creatures.
Graffiti Garden St. Louis Viaduct
Jun 29
Chicago, Illinois

The Graffiti Garden: A Street Art Walk & Talk

Join artist Stephanie Garland to experience this collection of more than 70 vibrant outdoor murals.
Chicago Fire Boat.
Jul 6
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Fire Boat Tour

Climb aboard one of Chicago's most valuable pieces of firefighting equipment as you learn about its rich, 80-year history.
The front of a meticulously restored "transportable" instrument.
Jul 11
Barrington Hills, Illinois

Whimsy and Wonder at The Place de la Musique

Explore a secret wonderland of antique music machines and Victorian ephemera at the Sanfilippo Estate's private home and museum.
Inside The Tivoli.
Jul 13
Downers Grove, Illinois

Tour the Tivoli, the Wonder Theater of Suburban Chicago

Discover what separates this classic cinema from others in the Chicago area.
Cornfield sunset.
Jul 27
Cabery, Illinois

Cosmic Cornfields

Immerse yourself in a world of ancient aliens, esoteric thought, and sustainability—all in the Illinois heartland.
Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Cohn
Aug 24
Chicago, Illinois

Oddities Flea Market: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

The legendary Oddities Market by Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Cohn is coming to Chicago, and Atlas Obscura has your ticket to skip the line and get in early!

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