Chicago's 10 Most Haunted Places
(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.