Skip to content

Tour Chicago's Largest Prop House

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 16 reviews.Chicago, United States

Check local COVID-19-related recommendations or restrictions before booking.

In-person Airbnb Experiences are available in this region. Please review and follow local COVID-19-related recommendations or restrictions. Learn More

Experience hosted by Kelli

90 mins
Up to 10 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.
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 appea…

Kelli's commitment to safety

This host has committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines – including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
Learn more
From ₹2,280
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Kelli

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 16 Reviews
  • Identity verified
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.
To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app. Learn more

In partnership with Atlas Obscura

Selected by Atlas Obscura
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.

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.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 16 reviews.

Gizelle
December 2019
This was my very first Atlas Obscura event and it could not have gone any better! Kelli was an excellent host/guide and knew a lot about props and movies, being a film professor prior to joining Atlas Obscura. We also had a little Q&A with Simone, the daughter of the owner of Zap Props and she was able to share with us the history of the place as well as some interesting factoids on some of the props in-house. Definitely a great off-the-beaten path attraction that adds more to the beauty of Chicago and lives up to what Atlas Obscura is all about.
This was my very first Atlas Obscura event and it could not have gone any better! Kelli was an excellent host/guide and knew a lot about props and movies, being a film professor pr…
Duncan
December 2019
.
Faith
November 2019
Kelli's tour of Zap's Props was such a treat! I was in town from Philly and a friend recommended the experience - this is definitely something I wouldn't have found on my own! Kelli provided some educational background before leading our group around the prop shop. It's a totally unique collection and it was a blast having Kelli's expertise as she pointed out props that have been featured in major films. Would absolutely recommend, especially to any film geeks out there!
Kelli's tour of Zap's Props was such a treat! I was in town from Philly and a friend recommended the experience - this is definitely something I wouldn't have found on my own! Kell…
Pam
November 2019
This was such a unique experience, and without Atlas Obscura, I never would have known this location existed! Just as good or better than the prop house we toured in LA, and we learned new things about movie sets and terminology. Lots of great stories from both Kelli and the daughter of the business owner. The group size and the length of the tour were both great too. I've had several friends who are interested in doing the next tour just from seeing my pictures.
This was such a unique experience, and without Atlas Obscura, I never would have known this location existed! Just as good or better than the prop house we toured in LA, and we le…
Nancy
November 2019
Really cool place! Kelli gave a presentation before the tour. She is experienced in film and gave some great insight on how props are used in filmmaking. One of the owners daughters dropped in and told us more about how the prop house operates their business. Then we got to tour the place. It was unlike anyplace I’ve ever been. Worth the price for sure.
Really cool place! Kelli gave a presentation before the tour. She is experienced in film and gave some great insight on how props are used in filmmaking. One of the owners daugh…
K
November 2019
Had a fun experience on our tour. It was fascinating to see a part of the theater/film business that the audience doesn’t necessarily think about. Really enjoyed learning about what goes into creating settings and characters.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

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

Guest requirements

Up to 10 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.