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Remains of world's first nuclear reactor in Chicago's Red Gate Woods

Radioactive Remains of Manhattan Project Experiments Buried in Chicago Woods

The remains of the Manhattan Project’s earliest experiments to build the atomic bomb are buried here beneath this public forest preserve in Chicago.

Terror in the Skies film by Small Town Monsters

Terror in the Skies: Doc Explores Stories of Large Winged Creatures in the Prairie State

What are the large winged creatures terrorizing the skies? Documentary looks at Chicago Mothman and other winged cryptids in Illinois.

Small Town Monsters, who recently brought us The Bray Road Beast, The Mothman of Point Pleasant, and other documentaries about local legends and lore, released a trailer for their next project. Terror in the Skies, the second film in their “Mothman trilogy” (The Mothman Legacy is coming in 2020), unearths strange reports of Mothman and thunderbirds in Illinois.

“Illinois is known for its miles of prairie, and for being a state rich in history,” the press release says, “but what if that rich history isn’t quite what you’ve been told? In this new film, from award-winning production company, Small Town Monsters, and director, Seth Breedlove, explore hundreds of years of terrifying reports of encounters with massive, winged creatures around the “land of Lincoln”. From Alton’s man-eating Piasa Bird legends, to recent sightings in Chicago of a creature said to resemble Point Pleasant, West Virginia’s infamous “Mothman”, Terror in the Skies unlocks a centuries-old mystery.”

Terror in the Skies includes interviews with Loren Coleman of the International Cryptozoology Museum, Illinois paranormal author Troy Taylor, and more.

Terror in the Skies documentary by Small Town Monsters

Mass burial of clowns and other circus performers in Chicago graveyard

Showmen’s Rest: Chicago’s Clown Graveyard

Showmen’s Rest is the site of a mass burial of clowns and other circus performers after a train wreck killed 86 members of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in 1918.

Mummified Body Found in Chicago

Mummified body found in Chicago 1903

This information that comes with this photo states the mummified body pictured was unearthed in Chicago on Oct. 29th, 1903. It goes on to say the body was dug up in a gravel pit at 56th St and South Park Ave wrapped in carpet inside a long box. Murder was suspected, but the body was never identified.

I haven’t been able to dig up any more details to support the story.

Woolly Mammoth Antiques & Oddities

Woolly Mammoth antiques and oddities store in Chicago, ILI finally had the chance to stop in at the Woolly Mammoth Antiques & Oddities shop in Chicago, which turned out to be a very unique and interesting excursion.

There are not too many places where you can find a stuffed badger and a giant Millenium Falcon on the same shelf, or original E.T. and He-Man toys alongside the likes of pickled pig fetuses, alligator lamps, Atari 2600 games, an anchor pulled from an unknown shipwreck in Lake Michigan near Door County, WI and Clancy the Dancing Squirrel.

The only thing more fascinating than the vintage taxidermy, skulls, teeth, creepy medical devices and other items are the bizarre stories that come with them and the people who find them.

Had I not been broke going in, I definitely would have come out with more creatures than the car could handle. Clancy would have had to ride home on the roof.

Woolly Mammoth Antiques & Oddities is located at 1513 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, IL 60640

You can also find them online here: Website | Facebook | Etsy Shop

One day Clancy…you will be mine!