Obsurca Day Chicago Events: Discover the Wonders of the World in Your World

Obscura Day in Chicago, Photo Credit: Jordan McQueen

Start discovering the wonders in your world on Saturday, May 30, 2015 for Obscura Day. Obscura Day is one day of events in 25 countries and 39 states to ignite curious minds throughout the world. It is part of a larger project, Atlas Obscura, an initiative that believes there are things and places yet to be discovered.

If you are in Chicago, or surrounding suburbs, see the list of activities including letter writing, art, exploring springs and gardens.

Register Now through Eventbrite to reserve your spot. There are limited tickets available to these free Chicago events.


The Grounds of Graceland Cemetery

Chicago, Illinois

Stroll amongst the dead and the artwork that commemorates their passing.

Walking in the Footsteps of Leopold and Loeb

Chicago, Illinois

Join us as we revisit what was called “The Crime of the Century”.

Explore the Busy Beaver Button Company

Chicago, Illinois

Busy Beaver is the button maker to the world. Now you can see just how they do it.

Fishes of the Field Museum

Chicago, Illinois

Join us for an exclusive tour of the Field Museum’s Piscine Collection.

The Art of Letter Writing

Chicago, Illinois

Enjoy exclusive access to the Letter Writers Alliance Club House in celebration of Obscura Day.

The International Museum of Surgical Science

Chicago, Illinois

Join us for a special tour of this unique museum and the mansion that houses it.


Underwater Wonders of Mermet Springs

Belknap, Illinois

Visit this unexpected diver’s paradise without getting wet!

Behind the Scenes at the Blue Waters Supercomputer

Champaign, Illinois

Join us for exclusive access to one of the world’s most powerful computing centers.

Catching a Flick at Route 66’s Last Drive-In

Litchfield, Illinois

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

Wilmette, Illinois

The Baha’i faith welcomes everyone to find peace in their beautiful temple and gardens.

For more information about Chicago events or to find MORE obscura day events, visit Atlas Obscura.


Event Location: Everywhere

Event Host: Atlas Obscura

Event Date and Time: Saturday, May 30, 2015

Discovered Through: David Plotz on Slate’s Political Gabfest

Bonus: Discover something new

Amanda Whitfield
Amanda Whitfield

Amanda Whitfield is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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