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Tour Chicago's Largest Prop House

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Tour Chicago's Largest Prop House

16 reviews
Paused through April 30. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 20 people
Hosted in
English
market visit

Tour Chicago's Largest Prop House

market visit

Tour Chicago's Largest Prop House

16 reviews
Paused through April 30. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 20 people
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

At Zap Props, wind your way through thousands of vintage props that have appeared in almost every major movie and TV series filmed in Chicago. First, we’ll grab a seat in the barbershop section and explore at least a dozen categories of props. I’ll also host a Q&A session with the shop's owners. Then, we will tour Zap Props' 36,000-square-foot warehouse. Throughout the tour, I’ll identify significant props, movies and TV shows in which they appeared, and what they represented. Finally, at the end of the tour, you’ll have time to snap pictures in a set piece Zap Props created just for us and purchase a vintage prop or two.

Your host

Learn more about Kelli

Kelli

Hi. I’m Kelli, a member of the Atlas Obscura community. After a 12-year career as a film professor, I began creating unique and informative movie-themed events in and around Chicago. I hold a Ph.D. in Humanities, an M.A. in English, and a B.A. in English. For fun, I run and walk local races, renovate my 90-year-old Chicago bungalow, and curate a Gene Kelly fan website.

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This experience is offered directly by a member of the Atlas Obscura community and has been selected by Atlas Obscura.

Founded in 2009, Atlas Obscura is a global community of explorers, who have together created a comprehensive database of the world’s most wondrous places and foods. Community members also host their own experiences, providing special access to the world’s hidden wonders, local marvels, and gastronomical wonders.

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Where you'll be

For nearly 30 years, Zap Props has rented disco balls, bicycles, neon signs, fake foliage, giant Elvis statues, taxidermied animals, and other ordinary and obscure items to those who mount productions and events in and outside Chicagoland. In fact, Zap has served almost every major production filmed in Chicago (and some that were not), including A League of their Own, High Fidelity, Road to Perdition, Empire, and Chicago Fire.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 20 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

More tips

• Some content may not be suitable for children under age 13. • Please use Zap Props' physical address—3611 S Loomis Place, Chicago, Illinois, 60609—rather than its name. Otherwise, your GPS service might direct you to a nearby location that amounts to an empty field. Limited parking is available.

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Kelli
Tour Chicago's Largest Prop House
16 reviews
$30/person
16 reviews
$30/person