When the lights turn off at the end of the day, do the artifacts come out and play?
SEPTEMBER 27–NOVEMBER 6, 2022
Some Chicago History Museum staff members think so.
In fact, some toy dolls have escaped from storage, and we need your help to find them!
As you explore Chicago: Crossroads of America, keep your eyes peeled. The dolls are hiding in 13 spots, including one on the 1st floor. Be on the lookout, but beware of their haunting stares. Each doll has shed its once playful nature and adopted an eerie persona, representing—or misrepresenting—some of the most unnerving, frightening tales from Chicago history.
Come spook yourself silly on this scavenger hunt—but only if you dare!
This scavenger hunt features dolls from the Chicago History Museum’s collection on short-term display.
SOMEONE YOU MIGHT MEET
A Beheaded Beauty
This young woman trying to make her way home is no stranger. Resurrection Mary is her name. Stories abound of a charming blonde looking for a ride on Archer Avenue, only to mysteriously vanish when driven near Resurrection Cemetery. According to legend, she was killed by a hit-and-run driver after leaving the nearby Oh Henry Ballroom and has haunted drivers southwest of Chicago ever since. If you see a young lady standing outside the Museum asking for a ride home, you’ve been warned!
Disclaimer: The content in adults’ guide includes mentions of violence, disasters, and the supernatural. The dolls represent myths, legends, and events in Chicago's lore but are not specifically associated with those occurrences.
Do you dare venture into the darker cornersof Chicago history?
BUS TOUR | NORTH BY NORTHWEST: INFAMOUS PLACES IN THE LAND APPROACHING O'HARE Saturday, October 29, 10 a.m.
Delve into Chicago’s crime history with Richard Lindberg, author of the best-selling Return to the Scene of the Crime: A Guide to Infamous Places in Chicago and 19 other books. Head north by northwest toward O’Hare International Airport to explore local crime scene haunts and residences of some of Chicago’s most notorious lawbreakers. Tour runs 3.5 to 4 hours and begins and ends at the Museum.
Got family in town or want a private tour with just your friends? Our Adult Group Tours lineup includes walking tours of two Chicago cemeteries. Cemetery tours through October 31, 2022. All Adult Group Tours must be booked in advance.
Discover the remarkable stories of the Chicago elite buried in this famous cemetery, including Marshall Field, Louis Sullivan, George Pullman, and Potter and Bertha Palmer. Minimum 20 participants. Meet at 4001 North Clark St.
Embark on an architectural journey through the Victorian-era section of one of the city’s most notable cemeteries in this walking tour led by CHM volunteer Scottie Perry. Encounter some of the most complete commemorations of the Civil War, including the graves of 14 Union generals, six drummer boys, and hundreds of Civil War soldiers. Tour runs 2 hours. Minimum 20 participants, maximum 25. Meet at 5800 North Ravenswood Ave.