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The Windy City boasts an active steampunk community and lots of historical and cultural attractions. In addition to well known places like the Field Museum and Adler Planetarium, you'll find hidden gems such as the International Museum of Surgical Science and the Sanfilippo Foundation's "Place de la Musique," one of the world's largest collections of mechanizal musical instruments.

The listings below include locations throughout Chicagoland, including the city's suburbs in northwest Indiana. Check out the "Steamiest Places" section for attractions likely to be of greatest interest to steampunks.

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