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Steamiest Places

This section includes local places likely to be of greatest interest to steampunks. You can think of it as a "Best of" section that features selected locations from the other sections. The term "steamiest" should be taken figuratively. You won't necessarily find steam-powered contraptions in all these places. Instead, these locations are rich in the elements that define steampunk: Victorian- or Edwardian-era technology, culture, history, personalities, oddities and so on.

Some descriptions in these listings are adapted from articles in Wikipedia under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0. See the full descriptions for details.

Chicago, IL, USA

The Adler Planetarium is a public museum dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics. . .

Lombard, IL, USA

This retail store and e-commerce company sells pop culture merchandise tied to well-known sci-fi franchises, including Dr Who. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

Founded by an archaeologist, Architectural Artifacts has a large inventory of antiques and architectural salvage in an 80,000-square-foot warehouse. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

Chicago History Museum in Lincoln Park explores both Chicago and American history. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

A group for steampunks in the Chicago area. . .

Elgin, IL, USA

The Elgin Area Historical Society is a non-profit organization that preserves and presents the history of the Elgin, Illinois area. . .

Long Grove, IL, USA

This self-described "Store of Extraordinary Things" sells handmade artisan works. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago is one of the largest such museums in the world. . .

Evanston, IL, USA

This five-story museum in suburban Chicago houses a collection of more than 1100 timepieces and 70 stained glass windows. . .

Union, IL, USA

The Illinois Railway Museum is the largest railroad museum in the United States. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

The International Museum of Surgical Science is located in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

The Chicago Tribune described the sports bar's décor "to be as much industrial as nautical. . ."

Kenosha, WI, USA

This Facebook group includes information about local steampunk events and other activities. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

The Museum of Science and Industry is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. . .

Lisle, IL, USA

Lisle Station Park contains a 19th century railroad depot and other historic buildings. . .

Berwyn, IL, USA

The Berwyn location of this Chicago-area pizza chain has an industrial-steampunk look. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

The Pullman Historic District was the first model, planned industrial community in the United States. . .

Barrington, IL, USA

The foundation maintains a notable collection of antique music machines. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

This is the self-described "Home of the Royal Ladies’ & Gentle-mens’ Experimental Madness Society. . ."

Chicago, IL, USA

Urban Remains specializes in "the reclamation and recycling of American antique architectural artifacts and other oddities. . ."

Chicago, IL, USA

This group aims to share information about steampunk events in Chicago and other parts of the Midwest. . .

Chicago, IL, USA

Woolly Mammoth describes itself as "a curiosity cabinet of odd, amusing & eclectic items resurrected from the past. . ."

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