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Osaka, Japan

Taiyoshi Hyakuban

This brothel-turned-restaurant features plenty of surprises and elaborate, extravagant architecture.
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Underground

A walk through the historic city center, under the streets of Seattle.
Chicago, Illinois

Abandoned Brach's Candy Factory

What was once one of the country's largest confectionary plants is now an abandoned ruin, but is still pretty sweet.
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room

Once at the center of U.S. finance, the historic Trading Room was meticulously recreated piece by piece and rebuilt in the Art Institute.
Kewanee, Illinois

Woodland Palace

The dream home of an iconoclastic renaissance man still stands as a monument to his domestically mundane vision.
Evanston, Illinois

The American Toby Jug Museum

More than 8,000 drinking jugs say “Cheers!” to a guy named Toby.
Chicago, Illinois

N. W. Harris Learning Collection

Where dioramas can follow you home.
Evanston, Illinois

Grosse Point Lighthouse

A historic beacon built in the aftermath of the worst maritime disaster on the Great Lakes.
Chicago, Illinois

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

A military museum and library dedicated to the citizen soldier.
Atlanta, Illinois

Paul Bunyon

While he no longer has an eatery to give him context, this off-brand Paul Bunyan still holds his giant hot dog with pride.
Chicago, Illinois

Wicker Park

Once called the "Polish Gold Coast" it is an icon of the neighborhood that bears its same name.
Chicago, Illinois

Man With Fish

This awkward aquarium sculpture is one of the strangest statues in Chicago.
Waukegan, Illinois

Dead River

A river with some unusual, and occasionally dangerous, habits.
Chicago, Illinois

Palmer House Hilton

This historic hotel invented the chocolate brownie.
Chicago, Illinois

The Violet Hour

A speakeasy takes on Chicago's drinking culture.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Tomb of the Unknown Slave

Made of giant chains and hung with shackles, this iron cross honors those unknowns who perished under American slavery.
Yoshimi, Japan

Gankutsu Hotel

Chiseled out of a sandstone cliff, one farmer's unfinished art project lies in ruins.
Tokyo, Japan

Kameido Zeniza Monument

This often-overlooked monument was crafted in the shape of the iconic samurai coin to honor an Edo-period mint.
Tokyo, Japan

'Antinous as Vertumnus'

Unbeknownst to most passersby, this marble statue standing outside an office building is a genuine piece of second-century Rome.
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyu Plaza Rooftop Ferris Wheel

The small candy-colored ride is the last rooftop Ferris wheel in Tokyo.
Tokyo, Japan

Zauo

The freshest fish here are the ones you catch yourself.
Ishinomaki, Japan

Cat Island

On Japan's Tashirojima Island, cats are king.
Aomori, Japan

Sannai Maruyama Ruins

These Japanese ruins have been brought back to life with elaborately recreated buildings.
Tokyo, Japan

Museum of Kites

This tiny museum hidden above a restaurant houses thousands of modern and traditional kites.