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Architecture of Mysterious Chicago: A Walking Tour

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Pickwick Place Courtyard

20 East Jackson Boulevard

Chicago, IL 60604

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An archtiectural tour - but with more historical murders! From the Art Deco flash of the Board of Trade building to the Beaux Arts splendor

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An architecture tour - but with more historical murders! From the Art Deco flash of the Board of Trade building to the Beaux Arts splendor of The Rookery, the  architecture across Chicago is second to none. But there’s much more to the story than just the architects and ornamentation of these downtown skyline staples. 

Join MYSTERIOUS CHICAGO author Adam Selzer for an insightful evening of architecture and dark history as he shares the stories behind some of Chicago's most notable buildings - and the stories of the early gangland criminals who stalked State Street, strange murders, unsolved mysteries, and more. You'll hear about the hidden observation deck locked away in the Board of Trade, the stories of “White City Devil” H.H. Holmes as a known face in the Rookery,  blackmailers, reputed hypnotists, airship crashes, and even some bits about the "houses of ill repute" that once dotted portions of the loop. The tour is endlessly fascinating, ridiculously informative, and totally entertaining. You won't just learn what to look for in architecture, you'll hear which gangster jumped out of which building —all based on deep research, not just urban legends.

Adam Selzer is the author of Mysterious ChicagoH.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil, and several other books. In addition to writing, he hosts the Cemetery Mixtape podcast and has been a tour guide in Chicago and New York for more than a decade.

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  • The tour begins and ends in the historic Pickwick Place courtyard, on Jackson Boulevard between State Street and Wabash Avenue, across from the Barnes and Noble. The best address to punch into a map app is 20 E Jackson.
  • This tour runs rain or shine.
  • ADA Access limited by the quality of Chicago’s sidewalks.
  • The starting location is convenient to public transportation; Pickwick Place is within two blocks of the Jackson Red or Blue line stops, the Library/Van Buren Brown Line, or the Adams/Wabash stop on the Brown, Pink, Green, Orange, or Purple lines). The #29 State bus also stops at Jackson Boulevard nearby.
  • Plenty of parking lots and garages are nearby, but street parking and free parking are very hard to find in the Loop.
  • The tour is in the safe outdoors, but we -strongly- request that patrons be fully vaxxed against Covid 19 (really, we hope you have all your shots!). If you have questions about the vaccines, the Mayo Clinic has an excellent page to answer them. The vaccines are the reason we can do in-person events at all!

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Pickwick Place Courtyard

20 East Jackson Boulevard

Chicago, IL 60604

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