With the new Illinois Office of Tourism and Atlas Obscura partnership, events are happening throughout Illinois this spring and summer. Sign up for the email list to receive exclusive invites to explore unique and lesser-known places throughout the state. It’s a great opportunity to hang out with like-minded adventurers!
The partnership officially launched in February at a vintage carnival themed event with more than 450 attendees at Salvage One – an event space in Chicago known for its vintage antiques. It was here where the Illinois Obscura Society was born. Guests were treated to acts of contortion, mind reading, juggling while unicycling, an old-timey brass band and a sideshow fire eater to top it off. The main event was Thom Britton from FreakShow & Tell. He wowed the crowd by eating fire and shared his trade secrets, explaining how it’s possible to eat fire to an enchanted crowd.
Recently, the Illinois Obscura Society conducted a tour of a Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth. The owners of the Gold Pyramid House, Jim and Linda Onan, describe their unique golden home as powerful, mysterious and exotic. The pyramid is surrounded by a moat and guarded by a 50-foot statue of Ramses II. Everything was built in the 1970s when there was a popular New Age belief that pyramids could focus power and improve health. The family now offers tours of their six-story, 17,000-square-foot home.
There are a lot of great events happening on May 30 to celebrate Obscura Day 2015. Mark your calendar and check out all the events below!
Underwater Wonders of Mermet Springs
Visit this unexpected diver’s paradise without getting wet!
Behind the Scenes at the Blue Waters Supercomputer
Join us for exclusive access to one of the world’s most powerful computing centers.
The International Museum of Surgical Science
Join us for a special tour of this unique museum and the mansion that houses it.
Walking in the Footsteps of Leopold and Loeb
Join us as we revisit what was called “The Crime of the Century”.
The Grounds of Graceland Cemetery
Stroll amongst the dead and the artwork that commemorates their passing.
Fishes of the Field Museum
Join us for an exclusive tour of the Field Museum’s Piscine Collection.
The Art of Letter Writing
Enjoy exclusive access to the Letter Writers Alliance Club House in celebration of Obscura Day.
Explore the Busy Beaver Button Company
Busy Beaver is the button maker to the world. Now you can see just how they do it.
Catching a Flick at Route 66’s Last Drive-In
Since 1950, the summer skies of Litchfield have been filled with Hollywood.
Caravanning Illinois’ Route 66
Route 66, Illinois
Join us as we explore the first 300 miles of the mother road.
Exploring Chicago’s Baha’i Temple
The Baha’i faith welcomes everyone to find peace in their beautiful temple and gardens.
The Illinois Obscura Society of Atlas Obscura was created in partnership with Enjoy Illinois. Sign up to stay in the know about upcoming, exclusive tours and adventures. Expeditions will continue throughout the spring and summer. Don’t miss out on your chance to explore every quirky corner of Illinois!
–The Illinois Office of Tourism