Chicago is full of history - some of it good, some of it evil, and some of it just straight up uncanny. Over the years this city has been inhabited by some of America's most notorious humans including mobsters, serial killers, and movie stars, to name only a short few. Why am I telling you this? Well, because thanks to the exotic history, Chicago has become a hotspot for places that you would never believe exist. But don't just take my word for it, check out this unbelievable list below - then go actually check these places out.\n@_esthera_embedded via\nFoster Ave Beach\nWhere: Foster Ave\n@tejasswiprakashembedded via\nChicago may not be known as a beach town, but with the blue-green water, choppy waves, and miles of sand at Foster Ave. Beach, you'd never know you were enjoying the coastline of a fresh-watered Great Lake.\n@nickswatzembedded via\nOz Park\nWhere: 2021 N Burling St\firstname.lastname@example.org via\nIf you click your heels twice it'll take you to Oz Park. Ok, maybe that only works if you have the magic slippers, but you can still certainly walk along the yellow brick road and find your childhood staring back at you. Oz Park features statues erected in memory of author L. Frank Baum, who used to live in the area in the 1890s, of the most beloved characters in the movie - Dorothy, complete with red slippers and her little dog too, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow.\n@kat_a_combsembedded via\nWillis Tower Glass Platform\nWhere: 233 S. Wacker Dr.\email@example.com via\nYou've seen it on Facebook - the Willis Tower Glass Platform is a terrifyingly thrilling way to view the world 1,353 ft below you. The Ledge, as it's appropriately named, is a glass balcony extending 4 ft outside (yes, outside) the 103rd floor of Willis Tower. I feel dizzy just thinking about it.\nWebsite\n@cheryll_janembedded via\nChicago Temple\nWhere: 77 West Washington Street\n@bonnie_aileenembedded via\nSat majestically atop a skyscraper, the Chicago Temple is officially the world's tallest church. It's not every day that you see a church ON a building, making this temple an absolute city gem.\nWebsite\n@_sanjib.das_embedded via\nCouch Place (The Alley of Death)\nWhere: 24 West Randolph St\n@mickeyjokeefeembedded via\nWhile it may not look abnormal, Couch Place, also known as "The Alley of Death," got the nickname after the devastating Iroquois Theater fire in 1903. The theater, which was often touted for being fireproof, was mid-performance of a sold-out show when one of the backdrops caught fire. Because of the panic and poor exit door design, many of the attendees in the building perished because of the fire (estimated about 600). The bodies were piled into the alleyway before they were properly taken care of, hence the name. Does this remind you of any other "unsinkable" tragedy?\n@deathhipembedded via\nAlinea Restaurant\nWhere: 1723 N Halsted St\n@ellisadamsgroupembedded via\nYou've tried several exotic dishes over the course of your life, but you've never had a delicately served molecular gastronomy dish like those at Aliena Resturant. Molecular what? In simple terms, molecular gastronomy is the practice of deconstructing food we are accustomed to into constituent taste, texture, and shape, making the outcome an interestingly reworked cuisine. Edible balloon anyone?\nWebsite\n@michellet86embedded via\nDamen Silos\nWhere: 2900 S Damen Ave\n@catkin_photographyembedded via\nIf you enjoy a bit of urban exploration, Damen Silos would be an impressive location to add to your list. Since the explosion in 1977 rendering the factory useless, it was left abandoned and unsealed - making it a hotspot for urban explorers and graffiti artists.\n@alexatragosembedded via\nShipwreck of the Silver Spray\nWhere: E 49th Street\n@colinbphotoembedded via\nThe 1914 wreck of Silver Spray in Lake Michigan remains a slowly-rusting tourist attraction. A small portion of the wrecked steamboat still remains visible from the shore, but if you really want to get a good look at it then a scuba dive adventure is in order. Check out the original photo of the wreck below, and then ask yourself "how?"\n@lwquistembedded via\nEnglewood Post Office\nWhere: 611 W 63rd St\n@marquisdefacadeembedded via\nLooks like a normal post office, right? Well, it is, kind of. It's not the post office that's exciting, it's the location. It sits on the very plot of land that "America's First Serial Killer," H. H. Holmes' (also thought to be a Jack the Ripper suspect, see American Ripper) Murder Castle once sat. And yes, it's reportedly haunted. Kind of a weird spot for a post office, don't you think?\n@peculiarmuellerembedded via\nPlant Chicago\nWhere: 1400 W 46th St\n@sari_nienaberembedded via\nFormerly a meatpacking plant, the owners of Plant Chicago purchased the building and established a go-green organization in 2011. Since then, they have been working hard to transform the complex into a sustainable, organic and efficient food production plant. Tours and food are offered at the location, and it's definitely the type of place you can feel good about spending your money at.\nWebsite\n@dentici_eats_andrunsembedded via\nWicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.\nWhere: 1276 N Milwaukee Ave\n@secretagentsupplyembedded via\nNeed to brush up on your spying skills? No worries, that's exactly what Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. is here for. From how-to books to secret disguises, this adorable little shop will surely track down a place in your heart.\nWebsite\n@abbywoodward6embedded via\nGreen Mill Jazz Club\nWhere: 4802 N. Broadway\n@the_minion_of_pugsembedded via\nThe Green Mill Jazz Club has been jazzin' the ears of many throughout the years, including Al Capone and Charlie Chaplin. The club is still very much alive and enjoyed by those with a refined taste in music.\nWebsite\n@kaleenderoembedded via\nLeather Archives & Museum\nWhere: 6418 N Greenview Ave.\n@mrsdl2018embedded via\nThere are several strange museums in the city, but this one may just top the hypothetical cake. The Leather Archives & Museum is a spot dedicated to the compilation, preservation, and maintenance of leather, kink, and fetish lifestyles. Kinky.\nWebsite\n@nublockmuseumembedded via\nShit Fountain\nWhere: 1001 North Wolcott Avenue\n@pd010230embedded via\nWe sh*t you not, this list would be absolutely incomplete without including the location of one of Chicago's weirdest sculptures, Shit Fountain. You're probably wondering why this profound fountain is in existence; it was erected by a Chicago artist as a permanent reminder for pet parents to pick up after their animals because clearly, it's unsightly. Needless to say, it's an artwork that gets loads of attention.\n@jeremylawsonphotographyembedded via\nAmerican Science and Surplus\nWhere: 5316 N Milwaukee Ave\n@milwaukeerecordembedded via\nAll of your science-experiment dreams can come true at American Science and Surplus. Need a lab distillation kit? No problem. Bunsen burner? Got it. Plastic legs? Absolutely. Wait, what? Oh, that must be the surplus part.\nWebsite\n@cre8vbaconembedded via\nBohemian National Cemetery\nWhere: 5255 N. Pulaski Road\n@coachsmith979embedded via\nThis cemetery has the perfect balance of elegance and eeriness. A beautiful castle-like structure marks the entrance, while on the inside you will find a plethora of interesting and mysterious decor.\n@erin_hugstreezembedded via\nWooden Alley\nWhere: Two locations, N. Astor St and N. State St, E. Burton Pl and E. North Blvd\firstname.lastname@example.org via\nNot many wooden block streets remain in America, making these two alleyways a true must-see novelty. Check out the official signpost below for more information.\n@horaciopayneembedded via\nBusy Beaver Button Co.\nWhere: 3407 W Armitage Ave\email@example.com via\nThe world's only known button museum is located right here in Chicago. As you can imagine, there are lots of rare, one-of-a-kind buttons here - some even for sale!\nWebsite\n@treats4birdembedded via\nAgudas Achim North Shore Congregation Synagogue\nWhere: 5029 N. Kenmore Ave\n@chicagohooliganembedded via\nAnother great spot for abandoned-building explorers, Chicago's Agudas Achim North Shore Congregation synagogue offers an unusual adventure sure to send shivers down your spine. The good news is you don't have to trespass because tours are available. Hard to believe a building with such architecture from over a century ago was just left abandoned.\nWebsite\nThorne Miniature Rooms\nWhere: Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago\n@lostcityofgoldembedded via\nAn exhibit in the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago is full of tiny rooms scaled to the painstaking measurements of 1 inch = 1 foot, and if you think that's impressive, the first one was put together in 1936! All rooms were the work of Narcissa Nidblack Thorne, a woman notorious for her love of dollhouses and miniatures.\n@jolsongoudeembedded via\nGreat Train Story Diorama\nWhere: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S Lake Shore Drive\n@michelle_wehmeyerembedded via\nWhile we are on the topic of miniatures, let's talk about the impressive $3.5 million dollars Great Train Story Diorama exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. This diorama, appropriately named "The Great Train Story," is stretched between a 3,500 square foot table, taking visitors on a complete journey from Chicago to the Port of Seattle.\nWebsite\firstname.lastname@example.org via\nCrown Fountain\nWhere: South Michigan Ave\email@example.com via\nHave you ever wanted to be spat on by a fountain? Now you can. The creators of Crown Fountain have a wicked sense of humor, using photos of people with their lips pursed as the fountain spout. I feel kind of uncomfortable.\n@meganlasalleembedded via\nChicago Freight Tunnels\nWhere: Kinzie Street and Canal Street\n@inakispirit69embedded via\nMany people don't know about the vast network of tunnels connecting to dozens of buildings directly under their feet. The tunnels were used between the years of 1904-1959 to transport ash and coal from one location to another.