Hush Hush: Secret Chicago Touring

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Chicago is a city that has had a big character for a long time. It’s also a city of secrets. Put that together and you get a wealth of little-known tourist destinations. Now they can be told…
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Oak Woods Cemetery

Chicago is a great town for cemeteries. Oak Woods Cemetery is the eternal resting place for great athletes, great gangsters and everyone in between.
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West Side Grounds

The West Side Grounds is where the Cubs played the last time they won a World Series – in 1908. The field still exists, so you can pretend you’re Tinker, Evers or Chance beating up Steve Bartman over a fly ball down the line. The old ballpark closed after the 1915 season.
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1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago ranks as one of the most important World’s Fairs. Somehow, visitors often miss the replica of Daniel Chester French’s sculpture, ‘Statue of the Republic,’ which honored the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s discovering America. The original stood 65 feet but was plaster, while the replica that stands today is bronze.
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Our Lady Of Sorrows Basilica

Our Lady of Sorrows. St. Hyacinth. Queen of All Saints. They’re three Chicago Roman Catholic churches so magnificent that the Church has designated them ‘basilicas.’
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Leather Bars!

Leather and Chicago naturally go together. Guess it’s the combination of stockyards and that cold wind. No wonder the city has the Cell Block, a two-story ‘house’ of kinky. It even has its own dungeon.
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Brimfield

Brimfield is a furniture store in nearby Andersonville – with a secret!.Upstairs waits a ‘hidden’ party parlor – one with that old-time speakeasy spirit.
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Let’s Swing!

Chicago is known for swingers clubs. Have dinner right after having your neighbor’s wife! There’ll be jello wrestling, pole-dancing – fun for the whole family.
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Essanay Studios

For ten years, 1908-1918, Essanay Studios was one of the top studios in the silent film era. Wallace Beery, Gloria Swanson, Ben Turpin and, briefly, Charlie Chaplin made movies here.
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CHIditarod

Each spring brings Chicago’s version of the Whacky Races with participants dressed up as wildly as possible.To add to the character of the affair, contestants race each other in shopping carts.
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Floatation Tank

Remember ‘Altered States’? William Hurt getting loaded on shamanic mushrooms, then climbing into a sensory deprivation tank. It was so groovy seeing him turn into glowing protoplasm, star stuff, hot lava and best of all, an ape-man who got loose. That might not happen to you, but you can still have a euphoric experience at Chicago’s ‘premier floatation and relaxation ctr.”
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Ladies In Mud

Sometimes it’s just gotta be female mud wrestling. Whether it’s Reggie’s, Three Aces, or the Double Door this is a town that believes in slick women contorting over each other. We’re all for it, of course…
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