Chicago's Got Secrets

Embark on a scavenger hunt to the unknown and unusual corners of Chicago. This endlessly interesting city is home to tales as tall as our skyscrapers and secrets as deep as our pizzas. Explore a side of Chicago you've never seen, from a grave in a junkyard to a pool under the Loop. Discover where you can picnic on a nuclear pylon or snorkel a shipwreck. Visit the site of the Western Hemisphere's largest mass grave or run away to the circus in a church. Do you know where to find the birthplace of gospel music and a final resting place for Cubs fans? Surprises are hiding everywhere in Chicago, from a chapel atop a Loop skyscraper to an art gallery in a Beverly fieldhouse.

From an energy vortex in Fulton Market to a salt cave in Portage Park, follow Secret Chicago across the city's neighborhoods and into its little-known history. Find oddities and inspiration in Chicago's uncommon sites, including hidden attractions, haunted locales, and unique landmarks. This guide delivers answers to questions around town that you didn't even know you had and proves that
when it comes to secrets, Chicago is second to none.

Sneak Peek

Inside Secret Chicago

What's Inside?

Your guide to 90 distinctive places in and around Chicago.
Twisted History
Whole worlds are lost inside Chicago’s buildings and around street corners. Get face-to-face with Chicago's mysterious past.
Hidden Gems
For Chicagoans eager to step outside their neighborhood and visitors seeking experiences they won’t find anywhere else.
Bizarre Sights
How did a grave end up in a scrap yard? Did the first nuclear reactor ever leave Chicago? Explore this strange and alluring city.

About the Author

Jessica Mlinaric is a writer, photographer, and marketer based in Chicago. Her work covering culture and travel has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, Chicago magazine, The Architect's Newspaper, Chicagoist, and more. Jessica founded in 2010 to share stories about cities and their cultures.
Jessica Mlinaric
Jessica Mlinaric

Writer & Photographer

Cat mom. Probably at a loud concert, unusual museum, or neighborhood tavern.



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    Publisher: Reedy Press