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Chicago’s 10 Most Haunted Places

Top 10 most spooky sites in Chicago, Illinois.

  1. Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery

    (Midlothian Turnpike & 143rd Street , Midlothian)

    Many diferent types of hauntings have been reported

    at this isolated little cemetery. From Orbs, to

    Apparitions, to Strange Lights, to phantom cars,

    and even a disappearing farmhouse. Also rumored to be

    a drop spot for mafia victims during the 1920’s and

    1930’s.

  2. Harpo Studios

    (1058 W. Washington Blvd. , Chicago)

    Rumored to by haunted by the people who died on July 24th, 1915 during the Eastland disaster. After drowning and being pulled out of the Chicago river, the dead were brought to the building to be held until they could be identified and picked up by their families.

  3. Hooters on Wells Street

    (660 N. Wells, Chicago)

    Waitresses working in the building have reported hearing

    phantom footsteps in the basement storage area. They also

    claim to hearing their named being called when no one is

    present. Phones and electrical equipment periodically

    have problems and malfunction, and bartenders have watched

    as the jukeboxes turn themselves on and off.

  4. Resurrection Cemetery

    (8900 S. Archer Avenue, Chicago)

    Resurrection Cemetery is said to be the home of Chicago’s

    most famous ghost called Resurrection Mary. Said to be the

    spirit of a girl who was struck and killed by a car in front

    of the cemetery. Reports of a disappearing woman in white

    and a phantom hitch-hiker have been recorded since the 1930’s.

  5. Excalibur Night Club

    (632 N. Dearborn, Chicago)

    The building was built in 1892. Reports of objects moving on

    their own, and glasses falling off of the shelves have been

    reported since 1985. Roaming cold-spots and voices calling out

    have also been claimed by employees and customers alike.

  6. Congress Plaza Hotel

    (520 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago)

    Built in 1893. The Congress Plaza hotel has had many paranormal

    reports and ghostly sightings in it. From phantom noises coming

    from the old fashion ballroom. To poltergeist activity like

    electrical appliances turning on and off on their own. The

    Congress is definately one of the most haunted hotels in the city.

    One of the hotels more famous ghosts might be that of the legendary

    gangster Al Capone. Capone once owned the Congress hotel and he used

    it as his headquarters.

  7. Graceland Cemetery & Chapel

    (4001 N. Clark Street, Chicago)

    One of the strangest stories reported at Graceland cemetery is

    that of a life-sized statue memorializing a 6-year-old girl

    named Inez Clark who was struck and killed by lightning. It is

    claimed that the statue disappears from its glass case during

    thunderstorms and that the ghost of the little girl goes roaming

    around in the graveyard until the storm is over. This Cemetery

    also has an unusual bronze statue of a hooded figure called Eternal

    Silence. There is a legend that if you look into the statues eyes

    you will glimpse the afterlife.

  8. Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge

    (57th street & S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago)

    Located next to the museum of Science And Industry building. The

    Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge is said to be haunted by the ghost

    of Clarence Darrow. A lawyer and leading member of the American Civil

    Liberties Union, Darrow was best known for defending teenage thrill

    killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for murdering a 14-year-old

    boy named Bobby Franks. Darrow died from heart disease on March 13th,

    1938. His ashes were scattered across the bridge and the Jackson Park

    Lagoon which overlooked Darrows home on 1537 E. 60th street. Every year

    on the date that Darrow died, a wreath laying ceremony is held to

    commemorate his life and death. Reports of visual apparitions have been

    circulating here since 1990.

  9. Rosehill Cemetery

    (5800 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago)

    Rosehill Cemetery is the biggest cemetery in the city of Chicago spanning

    over 350 acres. Dating back to 1859, it is also the cities oldest cemetery

    as well. The remains of over 200,000 individuals are buried here. John G.

    Shedd, Aaron Montgomery Ward, and Richard Warren Sears are all buried in

    the cemeteries large community mausoleum which is said to be haunted by

    Ward. Another smaller mausoleum at Rosehill, the Hopkinson crypt, is also

    said to be haunted. Reports stating that on the anniversary of the death

    of Charles Hopkinson, a soft but grusome moaning rises from his crypt.

  10. Jane Addams Hull House

    (800 S. Halsted street, Chicago)

    A national historic landmark, Hull House was built in 1856. In 1889 Miss

    Jane Addams opened up the house to help hundreds of people. Her campaigns

    for social and labor reforms were well known the world over and she won a

    Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for her efforts. One of the most famous stories

    to come out of Hull House is that of the devil baby. Rumors that Jane

    Addams took in a baby that had horns, pointed ears, and a tail were so

    wide-spread, that within a few days hundreds of people came to Hull House

    trying to see it for themselves. To this day it is still unknown weather

    or not a devil baby ever existed. Jane Addams herself believed Hull House

    to be haunted by a previous owner of the house, Mrs. Charles Hull, who

    died in the building. From full body apparitions, to loud phantom foot

    steps, Hull House is definately one of the most haunted historic sites in

    the city.

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  1. Sherman

    On February 22, 2008 at 6:19 pm


    Cool article.

  2. jessi

    On March 10, 2008 at 12:30 pm


    thiz iz zo koool dude

  3. jessi

    On March 10, 2008 at 12:30 pm


    thiz iz zo koool dude

  4. Steve Weit

    On March 10, 2008 at 9:02 pm


    Thanks Jessi,
    Thanks Sherman,
    Mary Anne Blow Me.

  5. im

    On June 7, 2008 at 4:37 pm


    nice article. but is the Millenium knickerbocker in Chicago haunted?

  6. Satan's Demons

    On July 21, 2008 at 11:49 pm


    All that stuff is just Satan’s demons playing games with the
    un-educated. Read the New and Old Testament in the bible, and
    while you’re at it, accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. He’s
    the only one that can protect you.

  7. Less

    On July 24, 2008 at 7:26 pm


    I work at MSI…it’s haunted for sure. Now I know I’m not crazy because I’ve seen things…

  8. chris

    On July 26, 2008 at 12:09 am


    lol religion is all lies, watch the movie “Zeitgheist” at Zeitgheistthemovie.com the first section proves how all religion is the same and comes from early humans worshiping the sun which later became our “God”

  9. Karen Lucchini

    On September 8, 2008 at 11:37 pm


    The Palmer house has thousands of orbs and sounds. I have taken pictures and want to go back but we are leaving to go back to Florida soon. I would like to take more photos & EVP’s if I could. The souls have class who stay their. A beautiful place.

  10. U Knw

    On October 20, 2008 at 4:57 pm


    VERY interesting

  11. cemetery wanderer

    On February 24, 2009 at 12:22 am


    Hey Less- what’s MSI?

  12. Recent traveler

    On May 27, 2009 at 1:26 pm


    I love the site. I just with I had found it b4 I traveled to Chicago. Guess I will have to go back!
    I LOVE CHICAGO!

  13. ur gay

    On June 5, 2009 at 6:57 pm


    ive been 2 at least 4 so called “haunted places” in chicago and they are all just gay crap never saw 1 thing in all the times i went!!!

  14. Jayrad

    On June 21, 2009 at 7:24 pm


    I actually stayed at the Congress Hotel last year. I had no idea it was haunted before hand. Not til I just saw this sight. It was a GREAT price…now I know why. I did experience all the noises and the appliances turning off and on, but I thought I was just imagining things. Good to know I’m not crazy. Still a great deal for a hotel in a great location…just wish I woulda known I slept with Al Capone.

  15. Kirk

    On July 21, 2009 at 1:19 am


    The Congress Plaza Hotel is indeed haunted. I woke up one morning to find my ball cap in the trash can. My girlfriend, who was staying in the hotel with me, saw a picture on Facebook of another girl wearing my hat the night before, but she claims she didn’t throw it away… lol, so this place has got to be haunted :-)

  16. phil

    On November 9, 2009 at 11:42 pm


    if you are in need of a cheap date ,… a big thrill and need or are in need of a slight push , in order to be come a true believer in haunted places ,……a quick visit to the volo antique mall just off route 12 , south of fox lake Illinois, might be your cup of tea . . an hour north west of Chicago , is a place called volo antique malls and auto museum . go on up to up in the \’ the old barn {called \’ mall one } — this is a truly haunted place , one trip ,…, and you will find out ,….even if you don\’t believe in such things , just one visit will be enough to convince you . the rest of the volo campus is ok, and ghost free ,……and is a fun place to visit, for the entire faintly . the other 2 antique malls, the antique 1960\’s muscle car museum and sales floor ,… and don\’t forget the wonderful military museum , these are all great places for a visit , but mall 1 , the big ole barn , built about 100 years ago , is a different story . stop by if you don\’t believe in ghosts –,one trip to the top floor ,and you will change your mind ! ,….go alone , if you dare …… linger around up there for a while , and you will be a believer ,… you will hear strange things ,.. and if you can stand it –some thing will happen ,….most so called haunted sites are inert and innocuous , not this one ! come by and see it for your self . i guarantee you will be creeped out ! the show ghost hunters will feature the volo barn in a up coming episode — get there before the show reviews the site ,….. be ahead of the curve ! i guarantee you will be scared !

  17. gabriel

    On April 14, 2010 at 1:23 am


    has anyone ever really seen anything ”haunted”

  18. Steve Weitzner

    On May 1, 2010 at 8:46 am


    Volo antique mall & museum – Will check it out – Thank You.

  19. Manny Medina

    On November 1, 2010 at 2:38 am


    hey i worked at (MSI) Museum of Science And Industry too. When the doors are closed and the lights are out except for the exit light and some display lights WOW scary ! I know I worked with a guy name Les and meet a lot of young ladies.

  20. marcus

    On October 31, 2011 at 5:53 pm


    i have been to bachelors grove some crazy ass stuff happens there

  21. Jason

    On August 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm


    I went to the knickerboker’s ball room and saw a white sheet moving it was scary just one room away

  22. Katherine McDonnell

    On December 28, 2012 at 2:05 am


    I lived in Historic Lemont, on what used to be Smoky Row…which was the red-light district back in the day. It’s so haunted I can’t even believe it!!!

  23. Katherine McDonnell

    On December 28, 2012 at 2:05 am


    I lived in Historic Lemont, on what used to be Smoky Row…which was the red-light district back in the day. It’s so haunted I can’t even believe it!!!

  24. Katherine McDonnell

    On December 28, 2012 at 2:05 am


    I lived in Historic Lemont, on what used to be Smoky Row…which was the red-light district back in the day. It’s so haunted I can’t even believe it!!!

  25. Katherine McDonnell

    On December 28, 2012 at 2:05 am


    I lived in Historic Lemont, on what used to be Smoky Row…which was the red-light district back in the day. It’s so haunted I can’t even believe it!!!

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