Chicago Hauntings: The Congress Hotel, The Home Of Presidents... And GhostsThe Congress Hotel – officially called the Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center – is a striking sight along the Michigan Avenue streetwall downtown. But inside, it is reportedly haunted by all kinds of ghosts – some of people who suffered gruesome deaths, and maybe even one of a past president.
Chicago Hauntings: Tales Of Our City's GhostsIt’s officially spooky season, and if you enjoy ghost stories, you’re in for a scare.
Chicago Hauntings: The Horrors Of The Iroquois Theater Fire That Killed 602 People Downtown In 1903, And Stories About Ghosts Left BehindOn Dec. 30, 1903, 602 people died when the Iroquois Theater downtown erupted in flames. It remains the deadliest single building fire in U.S. history, and there are reports of apparitions at the site to this day.
Chicago Hauntings: The Sinister Men Who Were Executed At The Old Cook County Jail Gallows, And Sightings At The River North Firehouse Now In Its PlaceLong before a firehouse stood at Illinois and Dearborn streets, the first Cook County Jail occupied the site. Many sinister men were executed by hanging there, and there are many stories of sightings of ghosts.
Chicago Hauntings: The Story Of H.H. Holmes' Murder Castle, And Sightings In The Basement Of The Englewood Post Office Standing In Its PlaceThe Englewood branch Post Office now stands at the site where serial killer H.H. Holmes' murder castle became known as a house of gore and horror. This is the story of the Murder Castle, and some reports of the paranormal in the basement of the Post Office.
Chicago Hauntings: The L&L Tavern, Known As 'The Creepiest Bar In The USA' For Reputed Visits By Serial KillersThe L&L Tavern at Clark and Belmont is not necessarily known as a haunted location, but it has been voted “the Creepiest Bar in the USA.” There are some specific reasons why, involving two heinous serial killers.
Chicago Hauntings: Cursed Bricks, Noises, And Poltergeists Follow The Never-Prosecuted St. Valentine's Day MassacreDo only fuzzy romantic feelings come to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day? How about if we call it St. Valentine’s Day? This is the story of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre at a Lincoln Park garage, and some stories of the paranormal in its wake.
Chicago Hauntings: Strange Sightings Near Site Of Long-Gone Lincoln Park Bridge That Became Known As 'Suicide Bridge'Starting just before the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the city had a lot of structures built in anticipation of the arrival of the fair. One was a soaring bridge in Lincoln Park that became known as the "Suicide Bridge," and near the site of which there have been some spooky sightings.
Chicago Hauntings: Ghosts, A Portal, And A Devil Baby At Jane Addams' Hull HouseJane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr founded the Hull House in 1889 as Chicago’s first settlement House. A haunted bedroom, a portal in the courtyard, and a devil baby are among the legends that have surrounded it.
Chicago Hauntings: The Mysteries Of The Couch Mausoleum In Lincoln Park And Who, If Anyone, Is Entombed ThereAt the south end of Lincoln Park near the Chicago History Museum, you may have noticed a mausoleum with the name “Couch” carved at the top. What do we really know about it?
Chicago Hauntings: A History Of Axe Murder At The Liar's Club Is Associated With Some Spooky Sights And SoundsThe Liar’s Club at 1665 W. Fullerton Ave. has been in business since 1995. You may have seen a band there, or maybe you’ve just come to have a beer and admire the KISS figurines and fez-hat lamps, among other eclectic décor items. But the building that houses the Liar’s Club has seen some gore that isn’t about camp and frivolity too.
Chicago Hauntings: The Ghosts Of The Eastland DisasterOn July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland was parked along the Chicago River when it capsized. Ever since, people have reported hearing and seeing apparitions near the site of the disaster, and at the makeshift morgue that later became Harpo Studios.