Offbeat Illinois

Step right up and explore the wondrous side of Illinois—a collection of curious attractions and one-of-a-kind experiences not found in your typical guidebook.

Unusual Events

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  • Adventure

    Grab your eye patch or cape for a bit of adventure.

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  • Time Travel

    Go old-school, or super-old-school, at places forgotten by time.

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  • Something Bizarre

    Some things you just have to see, and explore, to believe.

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Ghost Hunting

Meet the ghoulish locals who never left town.

Tour haunted mansions, towns and ruins that reveal the ghostly lore behind colorful characters who refuse to cross over to the other side.

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Obscure Museums

Renowned only for their awesomeness.

Want to see a million dollars? Gaze at rare gems? Stand mere steps from a DeLorean DMC-12 outfitted with a Flux Capacitor? Well, you’re in luck.


Scavenger Hunt

Must-get pics from the road.

Add some amazing to your Instagram feed by hunting down these wonderfully unique attractions around the state.


Sweet Dreams

Unusual places to rest for the night.

Who says the fun has to stop while you sleep? Spend the night in a tree house. Grab a room at a haunted hotel. Or sleep in a caboose surrounded by wildlife.

photo: Michael Kappel

Illinois Obscura Society

Hang out with like-minded adventurers.

Explore unique and overlooked places around Illinois during backroom tours, off-the-beaten-path excursions and themed parties inspired by their mystic venues.

photo: Atlas Obscura

Guided Tours

Not your typical tours—or tour guides.

Get the colorful history behind everything from Abe Lincoln’s time in Springfield to Chicago in the Roaring Twenties during guided tours around Illinois.

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