Chicago carries with it a deep, rich history riddled with countless ghost stories and a looming past that still haunts the city today. Tour Chicago’s most haunted places and try not to get too spooked.
Chicago Water Tower
As one of the few structures to survive the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, the water tower is said to be haunted by the ghost of a worker who stayed behind to man the tower. As the flames closed in on him he escaped to the top floor, where he hung himself. There have been many reports of a silhouette of a hanging man seen from the tower’s top floors.
The Drake Hotel
The lure of elegance and grandeur has beckoned the likes of famous people such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn Monroe to the Drake Hotel since the 1920s. There are many named ghost stories that wander the hotel’s halls but the most famous is the one of Woman in Red. A woman discovered her cheating husband at the hotel opening gala in 1920 and jumps to her death from the 10th floor of the hotel. She is said to still greet the hotel’s daily visitors.
Death Alley, behind the Oriental Theatre
In 1903, the now Oriental Theatre caught on fire (originally named the Iroquois Theatre), with the doors unfortunately locking.The fire trapped 2,000 people inside, killing just over 600 people, some of which were children. The alley behind the theatre functioned as the temporary morgue for the unfortunate souls. Today theatre goers report hearing faint cries, feelings of being touched and pushed.
What haunted tour list wouldn’t be complete without a cemetery? Graceland Cemetery is the final resting place for many notable people such as George Pullman and Marshall Field. But what haunts the grounds is the ghost of a six-year-old girl. She was struck by lighting and laid to rest in the cemetery with a stone likeness marking her grave. It has been reported the statue disappears during lighting storms and returns after the storm recedes.
Englewood Post Office
What is now the current site of the Englewood Post Office used to be the home of the infamous serial killer, H.H. Holmes. Holmes hired workers to construct a house with a floor plan that would confuse and trap his victims. He is known to have confessed to 27 murders, with authorities believing it to be closer to 200. People said to have felt ominous feelings and seen ghost sightings in the basement, where most of the murders took place.
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