The Rat Patrol is familiar with alleys throughout the city, they are our main avenue of travel. Every particular block has its own particular flavor of alley. Some are long, some short. Some are boring, some intriguing. Some have particular dumpsters that have been fruitful in the past, others offer nothing.

While Chicago's grid system provides a sturdy framework for alleys long and short, it is often the alleys just behind the major diagonal streets that are the most interesting and unusual. Click on the map to see some special secret places we often explore.

Download a pdf map to chart your own finds.

There are 1900 miles of alleys in Chicago, so there are many more to get out and visit!