Spookiest Places In Chicago

By Michelle M. Guilbeau

Chicago offers a plethora of spooky locations, and for those looking for a good dose of creepiness do not need to look further than the City of Chicago. The rich history of Chicago makes it a perfect haven for those on a quest to be spooked; be prepared for paranormal activity, ghostly apparitions and things that just cannot be explained. Here are the 5 spookiest places in Chicago.

Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery
5900 W. Midlothian Turnpike
Midlothian, IL 60445
(708) 429-4210
www.bachelorsgrove.com

Bachelor’s Grove is considered one of the most haunted cemeteries in the United States and well known in the Chicago area as a place for frequent paranormal activity. Individuals have reported seeing ghostly apparitions, zooming white lights, ghostly cars and even a ghostly farm house. The famous photo of a female ghostly apparition seated upon a headstone in the cemetery is enough to make one jump out of their skin.

The Red Lion Pub
2446 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 883-2422
www.redlionchicago.com

The Red Lion Pub is well known in Chicago as the most haunted pub. It has been reported by many that there are a variety of ghosts who frequent the pub. There is said to be a female phantom who spends much of her time in the a bathroom stall on the second level of the building and while she does not do any particular damage, she does make her presence known by pestering patrons and employees.

Congress Plaza Hotel
520 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 427-3800
www.congressplazahotel.com

Dr. H.H. Holmes is considered America’s first serial killer would initially meet his victims in the lobby of the Congress Plaza Hotel and proceed to take them to his murder castle. Numerous people have died within the hotel and the mysteries increased, adult and child like ghosts have been known to roam the hotel hallways and rooms.

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Oriental Theatre
24 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 977-1700
www.broadwayinchicago.com/theatre/chicagos-oriental-theatre

Previously known as the Iroquois Theater, it was a place where a great tragedy took place in 1903. A large fire broke out a few weeks after the theatre opened and over 500 patrons died in the theatre with many others being injured. It has been said that strange sounds can be heard in the current theatre along with footsteps. Many have reported a feeling of being very uncomfortable with the urge to get out of the building.

Clark Street Bridge
Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654

The horrific tragedy which occurred in 1915 at the dock located at the Clark Street Bridge is one which is still remembered today in Chicago when incidents of phantom sightings are discussed. The overloaded steamer was tied to the dock and rolled on its side. Over 800 individuals died because of this accident and today some say that bodies can be seen floating in the river along with screams and pleas for help.

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