Chicago and the American Midwest

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Skraggmore Penitentiary

Located outside of Chicago, this grim and foreboding edifice is a prison designed to hold super-powered criminals. Skraggmore also has its share of maximum-security mundane prisoners, segregated from the super-criminals. The area of the prison known as SuperMax has been augmented with the latest state-of-the-art technology to keep its residents safely locked up. The existence of Skraggmore Penitentiary is one of the main reasons that the mayor of Chicago lobbied so strenuously to have a new branch of the Avengers stationed in the city.

Turtle Island

A large and stony island a few miles out into Lake Michgan, Turtle Island was a sacred site for the Potawatomi Indian tribe before the coming of the white settlers. Ancient standing stones cover its surface, and it is frequently the site of strange sights, such as hovering lights and odd-colored lightning storms.

Soul-Star Research Ltd.

This small research group has recently been all over the Chicago-area news for the government grant it has received for its new avenue of study. This private think-tank claims that it has reached a breakthrough in translating human brainwaves to machine-readable electrical impulses. If they succeed, it would be a major advancement in neuroscience.

Field Museum of Natural History

The Field Museum of Natural History, located in Chicago, Illinois, USA, is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. The museum maintains its status as a premier natural history museum through the size and quality of its educational and scientific programs. The diverse, high quality permanent exhibits, which attract up to 2 millions visitors annually, range from the earliest fossils to past and current cultures from around the world to interactive programming demonstrating today’s urgent conservation needs. Additionally, the Field Museum maintains a vibrant temporary exhibits program of traveling shows as well as in-house produced topical exhibits.

Naturally, a place housing this many historical artifacts attracts frequent theft attempts, which is why the Field Museum has one of the best security systems in the world. Unfortunately, the growing super-crime trends may rapidly outpace the ability of traditional security to compensate. One high-profile break-in last year already lead to the creation of the minor supervillain called Pack Rat, so museum officials worry about the possibility of more dangerous objects falling into the wrong hands.

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