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St. Charles, Illinois

Al Capone's Hideaway & Steakhouse

A onetime gangsters' hideaway where you can dine on steaks, fine wines, and cigars just like they once did.
St. Louis, Missouri

City Museum

Less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world created by artists and engineers.
Spring Green, Wisconsin

House on the Rock

A bizarre house filled with an astounding array of collections.
Chicago, Illinois

Lower Lower Wacker Drive

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

Oriental Institute Museum

This surprising gem is a world-class archeological museum hidden at the University of Chicago.
Chicago, Illinois

Wicker Park

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

U-505

The unluckiest U-boat in the entire German fleet is now on display in a Chicago museum.
Chicago, Illinois

Bohemian National Cemetery

Cemetery featuring rare glass-fronted columbarium.
Chicago, Illinois

Crown Fountain

The twin towers in this Chicago fountain use 50 foot tall video screens to spit on people.
Chicago, Illinois

Great Train Story Diorama

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

Thorne Miniature Rooms

Each of these gorgeous, intricately decorated rooms is painstakingly crafted to the scale of 1 inch: 1 foot.
Chicago, Illinois

Palmer House Hilton

This historic hotel invented the chocolate brownie.
Chicago, Illinois

The World's Columbian Exhibition of 1893

What's left of the ruins of the 1893 Columbian Exhibition, or World's Fair, also known as the White City.
Chicago, Illinois

Rosehill Cemetery

Chicago's largest cemetery is full of beautiful Victorian monuments and more than a few ghost stories.
Chicago, Illinois

International Museum of Surgical Science

A monument to the art of slicing people open.
Chicago, Illinois

The Violet Hour

A speakeasy takes on Chicago's drinking culture.
Chicago, Illinois

Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities

This morbid, delightful curiosity shop offers everything from animal bones to human teeth.
Chicago, Illinois

Tiffany Dome

This massive stained-glass masterpiece is thought to be the largest Tiffany dome in existence.
Batavia, Illinois

Fermilab

World's second largest particle accelerator, where nature reveals its secrets.
Batavia, Illinois

Batavia Depot Museum

An exhibit of items from the mental institution where Mary Todd Lincoln lived after her son conspired to have her committed.
Geneva, Illinois

Illinois State Training School Cemetery

This cemetery is all that remains of a school for "wayward" girls.
Batavia, Illinois

Fabyan Windmill

Arguably the best example of an authentic Dutch windmill in the United States, rivaling its counterparts in the Netherlands.
Geneva, Illinois

The Viking

A replica viking ship from the Chicago World's Fair is still in dry dock in an Illinois park.
Geneva, Illinois

Sacred Heart Seminary Shrine

A hidden grotto on the grounds of the Kane County Government Center.