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Chicago: A Weekend Guide for the Curious Traveler

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Chicago: A Weekend Guide for the Curious Traveler
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Mentalist Jacob Mayfield gazes into his crystal ball
May 23
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 in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.
Apartment buildings came after the mansions.
May 26
Chicago, Illinois

Beaches, Landmarks, and Mansions: The Search for the Suburbs in Edgewater

Learn about the surprisingly suburban history of Edgewater in this brand new summer scavenger hunt.
Old Joliet Prison.
Jun 1
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.
Kilbourn Greenhouse
Jun 5
Chicago, Illinois

History Under Glass: An Evening at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse

Explore this horticultural gem on Chicago's northwest side.
A frothy delight with a fascinating history
Jun 7
Chicago, Illinois

The History of the Cocktail

Enjoy the delicious history behind storied cocktails as prepared by a master mixologist in a 1920s themed speakeasy.
Zap Props
Jun 8
Chicago, Illinois

Giving Props to Props: A Tour of Chicago's Largest Prop House

Wind your way through thousands of vintage props featured in movies, TV series, and stage productions.
Humboldt Park Stables
Jun 8
Chicago, Illinois

Jens Jensen: A Humboldt Park Walking Tour

Learn about the “Frank Lloyd Wright” of landscapes on this fascinating new tour.
Decorative brickwork featuring the Municipal Device on the outside of one of the buildings.
Jun 15
Chicago, Illinois

Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium Tour

Join us as we take a tour of the grounds of Chicago's former tuberculosis sanitarium, now used as a nature sanctuary and as part of the Chicago Park District.
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.
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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