Chicago is a city that is prone to a curse. Just ask the fans of the Cubs, who have black cats, goats, and a guy named Steve Bartman on their list! Many people go to the Windy City to enjoy a day by Lake Michigan, shopping on the Miracle Mile, and lots of incredible dining options that are world class. What people miss on a normal trip, however, Chicago bizarre attractions that makes this city truly unique. Here is a look at the top Chicago attractions to put on your list of things to do the next time you visit the Windy City.
6 Bizarre Chicago Attractions You’ve Got To See:
The Red Lion Pub
For some people, a traditional English pub in Chicago qualifies as strange enough to be one of the bizarre Chicago attractions. Add in numerous ghost sightings, however, and you suddenly add another level of bizarre to your experience. The building that is home to the Red Lion was built in the late 1800’s, but John Cordwell wanted to renovate the place a little. Among other things, he added a stained glass window that now causes people to get dizzy and sense the presence of someone… or some thing nearby. Cordwell thinks it could be his father. Some say they can smell lavender, while others say apparitions can be seen in the women’s restroom.
The Shit Fountain
It’s literally what it says it is. You can drink water from it if you wish. There’s a crazy rumor floating about that if you actually drink water from it that you can cure a really bad case of constipation. It’s probably because you’ve caught some sort of bug that is giving you mad-crazy diarrhea, but you never know. If you’re blocked up for awhile, probably anything is better than what’s going on.
It’s a puppet show and it’s on a bike. It will find you more than you will find it, but make sure to stop and catch a show if it happens to pass you by. Tip the puppets for their good performance and you’ll be treated to a lovely pat on the head. Then make sure to go wash your hair with good shampoo because you never know where those puppets have been before you. It is Chicago, you know.
The Boring Store
If you’re ever feeling bored while visiting the Windy City, then the place to head is this store. It’s filled with trinkets and gadgets and lots of spy stuff so you won’t ever be bored again. Just remember that there are laws against things like wiretapping unless you’re an NSA agent, then by all means, of course, wiretap away. See what info you get. Talk to your handler over the mini walkies you got at this store. Most importantly, however, make sure no one knows that you’ve decided to go. After all, there’s nothing to see. Move along.
St. Valentine’s Massacre
The ties to the mob are well known in Chicago and there’s a lot of gruesome history tied to death, destruction, and money. 5 of Al Capone’s guys took down 7 of Bugs Moran’s guys in 1929 with machine guns along the wall of the SMC Cartage Company and although the wall has been replaced by 5 trees on North Clarke, you can still visit the site. It’s now a nursing home, so it could be just a ploy to get family to come and visit. There’s even a memorial plaque for added value.
The Museum of Surgical Science
It’s like a game of Operation that’s gone insanely wrong. The goal is to educate people in the surgical sciences, of course, and they do so through a wide range of multimedia experiences. Let’s just say that if you’re a little squeamish, this isn’t the place to go tour through and have fun with hands-on exhibits right after you’ve had a deep dish pizza. If you’ve ever wanted to see an extensive collection of heart valves, this is the place to go.