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A young Pio with his stigmata.
Chicago, Illinois

First-Class Relic of Padre Pio

Bloodstain from "the wound of the transverberation of the heart."
41.8969, -87.6536
The church's former interior, now a garden space.
Chicago, Illinois

Zion Evangelical Lutheran 'Ghost Church'

One-of-a-kind preserved ruins of an abandoned 1880s church in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.
41.8570, -87.6480
Lower Lower Wacker Drive.
Chicago, Illinois

Lower Lower Wacker Drive

Illegal drag racing two stories beneath Chicago’s streets.
41.8869, -87.6296
Chicago, Illinois

The Alvin

A Chicago Movie Palace Lost to Time.
41.8962, -87.6679
The entrance to Couch Place today.
Chicago, Illinois

Couch Place (The Alley of Death)

This alley in downtown Chicago held the bodies of over 600 people after the fateful Iroquois Theatre fire.
41.8847, -87.6287
Temple and home exterior
Chicago, Illinois

Stan Mansion

Built to house a chapter of the Knights Templar, this grandiose building is a relic of Freemasonry in Chicago a century ago.
41.9251, -87.7081
Photo of one of the lions from J.H. Patterson's book "The Man-eaters of Tsavo", 1907
Chicago, Illinois

Tsavo Man Eaters

These pretty kitties killed and ate as many as 135 railway workers.
41.8662, -87.6186
As there are no street signs on Carroll Avenue, people spray paint both locations and overhead cross streets to keep others from getting lost
Chicago, Illinois

Carroll Avenue

A little-known subterranean street runs under some of the best-known buildings in Chicago's River North.
41.8885, -87.6325
Ecclesiastical angels by Tiffany Studios at the Driehaus Museum of Stained Glass.
Chicago, Illinois

Stained Glass at Navy Pier

A display of magnificent stained glass windows is the first exhibit of its kind.
41.8917, -87.6085
Aerial view of the Rockies, Plaines and Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Great Train Story Diorama

This $3 million model train takes you through Chicago, Seattle, and the thousands of miles in between.
41.7910, -87.5829
Chicago, Illinois

The DNA Discovery Center

At Chicago's revered Field Museum, visitors are invited to learn about and literally explore DNA.
41.8662, -87.6170
1810s English Rotunda, Thorne Miniature Rooms
Chicago, Illinois

Thorne Miniature Rooms

Each of these gorgeous, intricately decorated rooms is painstakingly crafted to the scale of 1 inch: 1 foot.
41.8796, -87.6237
Neon sign at the Green Mill
Chicago, Illinois

Green Mill Jazz Club

A century-old hotspot for jazz, frequented by everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Al Capone.
41.9692, -87.6599
Palmer Tomb
Chicago, Illinois

Graceland Cemetery

An enormous park-like oasis, full of famous Chicagoans' graves.
41.9544, -87.6622
Chicago, Illinois

Garfield Park Conservatory

A green oasis in Chicago.
41.8865, -87.7178
Shit Fountain
Chicago, Illinois

Shit Fountain

A giant bronze coil of feces is both a tribute to doggie defecation and a reminder to pick it up.
41.8997, -87.6744
Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities
Chicago, Illinois

Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities

This morbid, delightful curiosity shop offers everything from animal bones to human teeth.
41.9761, -87.6690
The Grand Court and Organ
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wanamaker Building

The first American department store, and home to the largest operating musical instrument in the world.
39.9514, -75.1621
Sculpted figures lounge in the Swann Memorial Fountain
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Swann Memorial Fountain

A tour de force of a fountain, memorializing a man who loved fountains more than anything else.
39.9586, -75.1706
The original Bicentennial Moon Tree - it died and was cut down in 2011
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia's Moon Tree

A clone-tree grows in Washington Square Park sprung from seeds that went to the Moon and back.
39.9476, -75.1518
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Folk art environment, gallery space, and nonprofit showcasing the work of mosaicist Isaiah Zagar.
39.9429, -75.1593
A view of City Hall from below. (Photo:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia City Hall

This elaborate towering structure was once famed for its revolutionary height.
39.9541, -75.1644
Betsy the Lobster
Islamorada, Florida

Betsy the Lobster

This spiny beast guards an artist's village while vying for the title of largest lobster in the world.
24.9594, -80.5713
Key West, Florida

The Conch Republic

"We Seceded Where Others Failed."
24.5557, -81.7826