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The organist at work.
Jan 24
Chicago, Illinois

The Mighty Wurlitzer: A History of the Theatre Organ

Join us for a rare demonstration of the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ at the Chicago Theatre as part of the 2019 Movie Palace Series.
The Chicago Coliseum, original home of the First Ward Ball.
Jan 25
Chicago, Illinois

Atlas Obscura Presents: The First Ward Ball

Party like it's 1890 with a night of music, vice district history, burlesque performances, casino games, and more!
Nelson Algren.
Jan 26
Chicago, Illinois

A Pop-up Theater Performance: The Life and Death of Nelson Algren

A theatrical account of the life of underappreciated writer, Nelson Algren, alongside a seance in the neighborhood in which he spent his final years.
Jim Holstein with Rock Samples
Feb 3
Chicago, Illinois

Rocks that Rock! An Afternoon With a Field Museum Geologist

An exclusive opportunity to handle rock samples from the geology department of The Field Museum in a unique rock climbing gym in the West Loop.
One of the many entrances to the Pedway.
Feb 9
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago's Underground: The Pedway Scavenger Hunt

Let this weatherproof, indoor scavenger hunt take you down into the depths of the city.
I ♥ Beer and Buttons.
Feb 13
Chicago, Illinois

All Buttoned Up!

A singular after-hours experience at the nation’s only museum dedicated to pinback buttons, housed within a bustling modern day button-making factory.
A 1907 postcard of the Conservatory's original building.
Mar 2
Chicago, Illinois

Discover and Draw: Garfield Park Conservatory

A private tour of Chicago’s “landscape art under glass,” followed by a quick lesson in drawing plantlife.
Roller Skates.
Mar 10
Summit, Illinois

Roller Skating in the Movies

Learn about Hollywood's history of roller skating, and then lace up a pair of skates for a few loops around the rink yourself.

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