Chicago is a popular destination and there is no shortage of places to visit and sights to see.
But the windy city’s hottest new attraction is raising a few eyebrows.
The presence of rats in Chicago is hardly a surprise – you’d be hard pressed to find any city around the world without any of the rodents in residence.
But the city’s newest attraction is drawing attention to the creatures in a rather unusual way.
The ‘rat hole’ is quite literally, as the name suggests, a hole in the shape of a rat.
It’s located on the street on the south side of the 1900 block of West Roscoe Street.
The pothole itself isn’t new, with residents saying the imprint has been there for several years.
But the rat hole’s fame has spread rapidly after Winslow Dumaine shared a picture of it on X with the caption: ‘Had to make a pilgrimage to the Chicago rat hole.’
It’s now been seen more than 4 million times, and the number of people visiting the hole has increased, with some visitors even dropping coins into it.
Local politicians are even getting involved and using the rat hole to promote the city.
Illinois state rep Ann Williams shared a video highlighting some of the highlights within her district, saying: ‘We have so many great bars and restaurants, beautiful neighbourhoods, the iconic Wrigley Field – and of course, the Chicago rat hole.’
Chicago isn’t the first town to feature a slightly unusual tourist attraction.