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Old Joliet Prison.
Jul 20
Joliet, Illinois

Old Joliet Prison Tour: History and Hollywood

Trace the footsteps of inmates, guards, wardens, and, yes, movie stars on this tour of a 160-year-old suburban Chicago prison.
Mysterious Chicago.
Jul 20
Chicago, Illinois

Architecture of Mysterious Chicago

Author Adam Selzer highlights the histories and unsolved mysteries of the city's landmarks.
The monument to Perkins Bass, who was fired from his job by President Andrew Johnson.
Jul 21
Chicago, Illinois

Rosehill Cemetery Walk

A stroll through history and art, with heroes and villains whose stories are seldom told.
Mentalist Jacob Mayfield gazes into his crystal ball.
Jul 25
Chicago, Illinois

Psychic Speakeasy: An Evening of Mind Reading in Room 13

Join us for an intimate evening with a local mentalist inside a cozy, Prohibition-themed speakeasy.
Guide Adam Selzer on a 2018 cruise.
Jul 25
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.
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!
Deluxe special edition.
Oct 10
Chicago, Illinois

Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance

Experience a public ritual for personal transformation with poet Janaka Stucky.

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