Abingdon- Abingdon Middle School-The story that is told about this school is that a teacher was not watching a child close enough and he rode his tricycle down a flight of stairs to his death. The teacher could not live with this and hung herself at the top of the stairs. There have been reports of seeing the blood stains on the walls and the stairs where this took place. Many others have reported hearing the tricycle being rode down the stairs and the screams of the teacher. Both the little boy and his teacher have been seen in the halls.
Algonquin - Algonquin Cemetery - at Rt.31 and Cary/Algonquin Rd. There are two sides to this cemetery, one being the "good spirits" and the other side is where the "bad spirits" are located. The side that is on the side where Rt. 31 is the the better of the two sides. The other side that is closer to Cary/Algonquin is where many of the "bad spirits" are located. On this side, there is a murderer that is bound forever to his grave by a high priestess. If you get close to his grave you will will be at the mercy of his anger. Toward the back of the cemetery you will find the grave of a rapist that is bound forever to his grave. If you stand in one spot for too long you can hear him running back and forth in the woods. A little boy is said to watch you and tries to protect you from harm. There are other "bad spirits" that have been reported on this side. Your best is to only go where you have to.
Algonquin- Square Barn Road-When driving late on this road the ghosts of 2 kids have been reported to run in front of cars. They are running from two men and a women that are believed to have killed them.
Allerton Park- Allerton Mansion-The ghost of a lady, believed to be a frequent guest of Mr. Robert Allerton has been seen here many times. Her name is unknown, but she is referred to as the "Lady in White". She has been seen in "her room" putting on her gloves and hat, as well as by the pond in the back of the mansion. She has been heard pacing the hall in front of "her room" and coming down the stairs. A strange feeling overcomes you when you visit this home.
Alsip- Cemetery(s )-The city of Alsip was once a huge brickyard for the city of Chicago, as well as a planned cemetery. The cemetery was suppose to be a really large one for the city of Chicago, and was suppose to be called "The City of Chicago Cemetery". The plan was no carried out. However, the city of Alsip does have Illinois' largest cemetery count. Many of the older homes in the city have pre-dug graves. There has been numerous reports of ghosts, disembodied voices, poltergeist activity, and several other paranormal events.
Altamont-Devil's Peak-This rock formation is shape like the devil's horns. It is said that the devil himself roams the valley.
Alton-Lovejoy Monument Cemetery-When entering this cemetery as "strange feeling" overcomes you. There have numerous cold spots felt here and several disembodied voices have been heard. The ghost of Elijah P. Lovejoy has been seen walking around his monument. The ghost of a little girl who died suddenly from a mysterious illness has been seen walking around the cemetery. She seems to be almost trying to play hide and seek, because she darts from behind gravestone to gravestone.
Alton-Lovejoy School-The school is believed was built partially on an Indian burial ground and has been the host of numerous paranormal events. There have been several reports of shadowy figures, doors opening and closing on their own, lights going on and off, the smells of strong perfumes, and objects being moved by unseen hands.
Alton-McPike Mansion-This is one of the homes you see and just say "It's haunted". There have been several paranormal events that have taken place here. There have been apparitions seen, strong odors, presences felt, and strange electrical occurances. The house has been condemned by the city of Alton, therefor no one is allowed to go in. The home is undergoing restoration by the owners. The owners do have an annual Halloween bonfire outside the home. For more information about McPike Mansion, please visit the McPike Website
Alton-Mineral Springs Hotel-Currently Mineral Springs Mall. There are five known ghosts. A woman known as the "Jasmine Lady" due to her unique scent of jasmine perfume, which can still be smelled on occasion. She was having an affair and her husband confronted her, chased her out of her room to the main staircase, where she fell to her death. He returned to the room and hung himself. Another ghost dwells in the old hotel bar area, which is now the cafe. He was an artist that lived in the hotel and frequented the bar. His mural of Alton can still be seen there today. Both these areas can be seen when visiting the mall. The other two ghosts reside mainly in the pool, which can only be seen on guided tours. A spirit known as "George" was reputed to have been hit by his wife with her shoe for flirting with other women. He then fell and struck his head and drowned in the pool. The final spirit is that of a young girl referred to as "Cassandra." She also fell, hit her head and drowned in the pool.
Alton-St. Anthony’s Hospital-As any hospital, this one is haunted by several ghosts. Some of the more reported ghost are that of a little boy on the third floor in the administration area. Another ghost has been seen on the second floor near the endoscopes department. The ghost of a nun has been reported on the first floor in the sterile processing department.
Amboy-Franklin Blacktop-There is a home here that is catty-corner from the 4-H Center, it has been reported that sometime in the late 1800's a man was murdered in the home and buried 500 feet from the home's upstairs bathroom window. When you enter the upstairs master bedroom, no matter the time of year, it is always warm. The room is commonly referred to as the "warm room". It has also been reported that if you are outside the home looking into the first floor windows, you will see a glowing ball of light moving from room to room.
Anna-Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center- There have been many, many reports of Choate being haunted, but most of the paranormal activity happens under Choate in the tunnels of the building. The old buildings have burned down and all that remains is the original basements which are now the tunnels that run under Choate and some even run out of Choate. Numerous reports of people seeing apparitions standing in the windows and people running. People have reported seeing faces in the buildings, the uppers and the lowers of the cottages are suppose to be haunted by the previous nurses and residents. One report says that a resident was attached by a "devil dog", but when the lights where turned on there was no dog in the room...just scratches all over the resident's body.
Antioch-Antioch Movie Theatre-This old theater was built in the 1940's and was used to hold plays. There has been numerous stories about this theater. One story says that a young woman hung herself from the balcony, and that Al Capone has tunnels dug underneath the theater leading towards the Fox River. Employees have reported that they get an uneasy feeling like someone is in the room with them, but they are alone. Numerous noises have been heard after hours like strange noises, banging, footsteps and someone walking up the stairs.
Arcola-The depot near the rail road tracks-Reports say that there is a ghost around walking holding a lantern and swinging it back and forth.
Argyle-Old Church at 173 & Beloit Rd-Legend has it that the town's people hung a woman there that was suspected of being a witch. Numerous people have seen a woman dressed in black sitting in the window near the bell late at night, then she vanishes into thin air. The church has painted the window black, but the woman is still seen.
Arlington Heights-South Middle School-It is said that the lower level has a gateway to hell. Strange inhuman noises have been heard all around this school.
Arlington Heights-St. Viator High School-There is a story about this school, the janitor was cleaning the auditorium...while cleaning the stage he bumped into something...when he turned around he saw a boy hanging from a rope. There have been numerous reports of strange noises and people seeing unusual things.
Ashley-Abandoned candy factory-The ghost of a woman that was killed there during a normal work day has been reportedly seen and heard here. The roof of the building has clasped and now covers the spot where the woman was killed. The woman has been seen standing in the doorway and in the windows looking out. On some nights people have heard screaming and crying coming from inside the factory.
Ashmore-Saint Omer Cemetery-There is a large gravestone located in the cemetery with a crystal ball. The grave dates back to the 1800s, and is said to be that of a witch. People have reported seeing a glow coming from the stone on several occasion. Often when people take photographs at this site, they do not turn out, their cameras do not function correctly, or the batteries are drained.
Ashmore-Ashmore Estates-Ashmore estates is a former insane asylum. It was closed down when there was no longer enough patients, and the government stopped the funding. People have reported hearing disembodied voices, moans, crying, loud banging, and footsteps. There has been numerous apparition seen here as well. Numerous cold spots have also been felt here.
Aurora-Baymont Suites-Former guests and employees have reported hearing talking in rooms that no one was registered in. When the rooms were opened they were empty and the talking stopped. In room #208 a guest ran out of his room and refused to go back in. He claims he was woke up by an invisible entity strangling him. During a St. Patrick's party in 2001 at approximately 2am guests reported seeing a ball of white light shooting out from behind the office and disappearing into the lobby.
Aurora-Devil's Cave-The true story of an Indian Brave that was banished from his tribe for stealing. He tried to get his revenge on the tribe by covering himself with a blanket and glowing fungus. He would try to scare his tribe by acting like a ghost on dark nights. One day the tribe found his footprints. They waited for him to return and chased him into devil's cave. There they smoked him out. He ran out and jumped into the river, unable to swim he drown. This ghost is seen to this day in and around devil's cave. The cave is easily accessible from the trail at the Red Oaks Nature Center.
Aurora-Leland Tower Hotel-Standing at 21 stories tall, this is the tallest building in Aurora. There have been numberous suicides by guests that have jumped from the upper floors into the Fox River. At night there has been reports of horrible smells coming from the river banks and moaning from the elevators.
Aurora-Mount Olivet Cemetery-There have been reports of two women in 1950's fashion standing near a 1958 Lincoln Continental in the cemetery. They fade and vanish into thin air.
Aurora-Mystery Rock-The legend says that soliders buried their tresures under this rock just before they were massacred by the Indians. The rock has been relocated from the original spot to the present location near the Tanner house.
Barrington-White Cemetery-The cemetery is located just east of Old Barrington Road on Cuba Road. White spirit orbs have been seen hovering near the gates and over the road surface. On a few occasions the orbs seem to follow the car and then suddenly disappear. There have also been reports of people seeing a phantom car driving past the cemetery and disppearing into thin air.
Barrington-Cuba Road-On nights when there is a full moon it is said if you turn off your headlights a house will appear. Legends say that anyone that enters the house will remain in the house forever.
Barrington-The haunted Silo-The legend says that a man living on a farm house on Factory Shoe Road went crazy, because he thought his wife was cheating on him. He killed his wife and kids, then committed suicide. About 20 yards from where the man buried his family is a five point star. The star has a dead tree at each of the five points. At night you can hear strange noises and see something moving around the house. There have also been numerous cold spots felt, even on hot summer days.
Bartlett-Munger Road-If you park your car on or near the railroad tracks and put the car in neutral, the car will be pushed across the tracks by the ghosts of small children that were killed in an accident on those vary tracks. The road is not going downhill, it appears to actually go uphill. Many people have put baby powder on the bumper and trunks of their cars prior to putting the car in neutral. After being pushed across the tracks, finger and hand prints appear.
Bartonville-State Hospital-There have been many paranormal events that have taken place here. Disembodied voices and strange noises have been heard, ghost lights and apparitions have been seen. It is believed that the former residents of the hospital are the ones that are doing the hauntings.
Batavia-The Batavia Inn-One of the Inn's female guests reported that she could feel fingers running through her hair and felt several cold spots even though it was in the middle of summer. She reportedly yelled out something to the affect of, "I know there's a ghost here and I am going to take your picture." She then took the picture and reported that there was a large black spot that looked like it had hundreds of screaming faces in it.
Belleville-Belleville West-In the auditorium of the old Belleville West campus, now the Lindenwood University campus, is reportedly haunted by a former teacher that died prior to the production of her play. The teacher had a classroom located right behind the stage. She became ill and was not able to teach any longer, but she loved the theater so much she would come a day or two before the day of the production to check on the children. She passed away, but has still visit the auditorium. A day or two before production is when the spirit of the teacher is most active. Her presence can usually be known by a strange odor. It is reported that after practices she moves props around.
Belleville-Lincoln Theatre-The theater is located on East Main street, just a couple of blocks from the square. Several ghosts are believed to haunt this location. One is in the projection booth, another on the stage in the main theater, and one is in the basement. Objects have been moved by unseen hands, apparitions have also been seen in several different spots in the theater.
Belleville-The Old Meyer House-This is an old brick house that dates back to the mid 1800's. It was built by a German coal miner named Jacob Meyer. On June 26, 1923, Jacob was in poor health and killed himself in the parlor of the house. His ghost returned to haunt the home. In 1956 Judy and Dollie Walta opened a music school in the house. They did not live there, so the house was empty on weekends and in the evening. On August 26, 1962 a sailor friend of the Walta sisters was killed in an accident at sea. Within a few days the sisters started hearing the back door open and close by itself, followed by the soft footsteps of the sailor walking down the hallway to his favorite chair. This continued for months, then the much heavier footsteps of Jacob Meyer were heard walking into the parlor. The faint outline of a large man dressed in grey was seen standing in the middle of the parlor room on several occasions. There was also several occasions when chairs, umbrellas, and other items where moved by unseen hands. Although the amount of activity has greatly decreased, there are still reports of smelling cigar smoke, movement of objects, and sometimes the muffled sound of a gunshot coming from the parlor room. The house is located on Main Street, near the corner of 17th Street in Belleville, IL 62223.
Belleville-Pasta House-Many years ago when it was a hotel a family was killed, and they are still there to this day haunting the location. Late at night the screams of a woman and small child can be heard.
Belvedere-Blood's Point Cemetery-Many people have reported seeing white orbs and ectoplasmic mist manifesting into human forms. Electrical malfunctions are common here as well, flashlights and cameras that function normally elsewhere turn off or do not work at all in the cemetery. Several sounds have been reported as well, including peculiar cries, whistles, whispers, and a strange growling sound from the area near the shed.
Bishop Township-Kings Cemetery-This cemetery is in the middle of nowhere, no houses or businesses, nothing but trees. Sightings of orbs and spirit mists have been reported. And the shadows of people seem to move on their own, even when the person is not moving.
Bloomington-Illinois Weslyan University The International House-This huge mansion size on the Illinois Weslyan Campus in Bloomington,Illinois is the host to several ghosts. The house was originally a private residence and then converted into dormitories. There is an old elevator that is no longer in service and has been sealed up. Apparently, a young man got stuck in the elevator, the elevator then fell taking the young man to his death. People have reported hearing the elevator squealing and the young man screaming. The third floor of this house is host to the ghost of a young woman. The woman was the niece of the then President of the University. She reportedly died in the house and still wanders the halls. People on the third floor have reported hearing the laugh of the young woman.
Bloomington-Old Federal Prison on Market-People have reported seeing the ghost of a young boy looking out the attic window. The boy was reportedly hatched to death.
Bloomington-The old Mennonite Hospital (now Eureka)-On the third floor at the end of the hall is a room that is the center of paranormal events. There was a lady that passed away after a very long and painful death from cancer. After her death, the call light would go on and off, and strange noises where heard coming out of her room. There was also a strong smell of "death" in the room, no matter how hard they tried to remove the smell, they could not. After all of this, the room was not to be used again.
Buckner-Harrison Cemetery-Legends say that there are the ghosts of a man and a woman that guard the cemetery. If you enter the cemetery after dark you can see them. The man usually shows up as an orange glowing ball of light in the field beside the cemetery. The woman usually appears as a white glowing ball of light near the pine trees at the far corner of the cemetery. People have reported that midnight you can hear a piano being played in this corner.
Bullvalley-The House With No Corners-This house was built in the 1800's. The reason for the downstairs and the outer perimeter not having corners was so ghosts and spirits would have no place to hide. The family that lived there reportedly all died upstairs. Late at night, people have seen figures moving around upstairs. The faint sounds of foots steps can also be heard. On the second floor of the house is a door to nowhere. It does not lead to a stairway or deck. The house has now been remodeled and turned into a police station.
Carpentersville-Instant Replay Sports Bar- (Formerly Big Boy's Restaurant) The building is haunted by several different spirits. Several unusual things have been reported by employees and patrons. This location has been sold and changed names numerous times in the past several years. Located at Route 25 and Lake Marions Road
Centralia-Centralia Cemetery-The story goes Annie ( Harriet Anne Marshall) was the daughter of a wealthy doctor. While on a trip with her family she became gravely ill and died of diphtheria. Anne was a very accomplished violinist. Her parents had a statue made of her holding her beloved violin. The statue was based on a painting that was done of her in the family home. . Annie’s statue sits in a circle drive of Elmwood and watches the east side of town. On chilly fall nights around September & October around the time she died you can here the sweet whispers of the violin in the night. It's bitter sweet cause you know she does not want to hurt you she just wants someone to remember her music. The family has tried to maintain the statue, but it has been vandalized over the years. The violin bow has been broken off.
Centralia-Foundation Park-Stover's Hill is a popular spot for children to go sled riding in the winter. At the bottom of the hill is a merry-go-round, there are reports of people taking pictures here and getting images of people that were not there when the picture was taken.
Champaign-YMCA-This YMCA is located on Church Street and is home to many paranormal events. Reports have said that lights turn on and off by themselves, doors open and close, cold spots are felt, objects move by themselves, strange noises have been heard, and shadows have been seen moving.
Champaign-Urbana-The University of Illinois-The English Building-This building was formerly a woman dormitory and the sight of a young woman's suicide. The ghost of this young girl has been seen and heard around this building.
Charleston-Eastern Illinois University- Pemberton Hall-The ghost of a former counselor named Mary is said to haunt this building. Mary was bludgeoned to death by a crazed custodian back in the 1920's on the third floor of this building. Since then, she haunts the Pemberton Hall an all female dormitory. She has been known to turn TVs, radios, and lights on and off, as well as checking to make sure the doors are all closed and locked. Her ghost has been seen on numerous occasions. Take I-57 to Highway 16 east. Eastern Illinois University, Charleston,IL 61920 Phone: (217)581-2223
Cherry Valley-Blood point Road-Blood Point Road intersects with Sweeney road and there is a spot to pull over near a stone wall. On the other side of the road is a field that has paths that lead into a wooded area. In this field there has been many sighting of bright red orbs. Once in the woods there is the foundation of a church. People have reported that a farmer with a shotgun chases people out of the woods. Once out of the woods, the farmer disappears. At the end of Sweeney road is a stop sign it turns into Pool Road, it is here that a phantom big rig appears out of no where and almost hits you head on. Other reports say that they have been chased by a ghost until they left this area.
Chicago-Archer Woods Cemetery-The gates on this cemetery are never closed, so it allows easy entery. As you walk through the cemetery the path will lead you in a circle, as you are leaving the cemetery it is said that a white filmy form of a woman is seen floating amount the trees near the gates. The woman is called the sobbing woman, because she is often heard sobbing and wailing. The woman is only seen when leaving the cemetery, never when entering.
Chicago-Beverly Unitarian Church "Irish Castle"-The building is abandoned, however the ghost of a young woman in a long white dress has been seen in the living room and descending the stairs. People on the outside have seen candle light moving around the building, often passing from window to window. The house was built in 1886 by Robert Givens, who modeled it after an Irish Castle. Located at 103rd and Longwood Drive at 10244 South Longwood Drive, Chicago,IL 60643
Chicago-Biograph Theater-The ghost of a man has been seen running down the alley next to the theater. It is reportedly the ghost of John Dillinger, who was killed in the hail of police gunfire here in 1934. Police reported the man to be the infamous John Dillinger; however some claim that it was a small-time hood named Jimmy Lawrence. The FBI explained the discrepancies in the appearance by saying that Dillinger had undergone extensive plastic surgery. The Biograph Theater is now abandoned and located on the north-side of Chicago on Clark Street.
Chicago-The Congress Hotel-This is a pretty old hotel and has been the site of several paranormal events. Guests and employees report that they feel like they are being watched. Cold spots have been felt in several places, doors open and close, TV's go on and off in the middle of the night, and voices are heard when no one is around.
Chicago-Fort Dearborn-During road construction near the site of the original Fort Dearborn, workers unearthed the bodies of some of the early settlers from the early 1800's. Since then, the ghosts of the settlers have been seen and heard floating over the field. Currently a vacant field at 16th Street and Indiana Avenue.
Chicago-Garet Durson Mental Hospital-Numerous problems with electronic devices have been reported here, people have heard disembodied voices and screams, and a ghost of a woman has been seem running down the stairs wearing a white robe.
Chicago-The Givins Castle-In the southside neighborhood of Beverly, a man from Ireland built a "castle" he names Givins Castle for his wife who still resided in Ireland. Before it was completed, she died. People have reported seeing her walking up the hill that leads to Castle Givins.
Chicago-Graceland Cemetery-This cemetery has several spirits that haunt it, but the most famous is the story of Inez Clark. In 1880 Inez was just shy of her seventh birthday, when she was struck by lightening at a family picnic and killed. Her parents were extremely distraught over the loss, and they had a life-size statue of her erected at her grave site. There is a glass enclosure over the statue to protect it from the elements. On rainy nights, when a storm is rolling in, the statue reportedly disappears from the glass enclosure, and a young girl is seen roaming the cemetery. The next morning the statue is back in the glass case. Another eerie statue marks the grave of Dexter Graves, who died in 1844 at the age of fifty-five. The statues is that of a menacing hooded figure, and those who dare look into it's face are given a taste of what is to come. Graceland's largest and most lavish monument is a thirty-foot-long, twelve-foot-high tomb of Ludwig Wolff. The area around this tomb is the stomping ground of a green-eyed ghoul who is said to howl at full moons. Located at the corner of Irving Park Road and Clark Street, the address is 4001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60613. Phone: (312)525-1105
Chicago-Harpo Studios-The building was the Second Regiment Illinois National Guard Armory and used as a temporary morgue for the victims of the Eastland disaster. The building is now home to the Oprah Winfrey show. There have been reports of doors opening and closing, electrical disturbances, and the smell of psychic perfumes. People have heard muffled voices, whispers, laughter and footsteps, and the what sounds like marching feet. There has been strange lights seen, as well as apparitions. A woman dubbed the "Grey Lady", has been seen by security guards on the video monitors. The woman is dressed in a long flowing vintage dress, and wearing a fancy large rimmed hat. She does not walk, she is described as floats. The guards immediately run to the location that she is seen, but no one is ever found. In 1996 Oprah herself, acknowledged the history of the building and the fact that it is haunted. She said that she does not exactly want to be there after dark. Harpo Studios is located at 1058 West Washington Boulevard. Phone (312)591-9222
Chicago-Hephzibah Children's Home-Employees and visitors have reported a variety of paranormal events, including poltergeist activity taking place at this children's home. Most of the paranormal activity that occurs here is linked to an emotionally troubled boy, who is believed to have unknowingly released some sort of psychokinetic energy. The ghost of a little boy has been seen, objects have been moved by unseen hands, and children crying and laughing has also been reported here. Located at 946 North Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60614.
Chicago-Holy Family Church-The unidentified apparition of a woman dressed in white has been seen here by parishioners and clergy at this Protestant church. Located at 1019 South May Street, Chicago,IL 60607 Phone:(312)-243-7207
Chicago-House of Blues-The ghost of a little girl has been seen and heard here. The girl is believed to died from an illness that is unknown. She has been seen playing is her room, and the imprint of a small child has been seen on the bed sheets. A young boy went to visit his mother and reportedly the the ghost of the little girl started to play with his toys. The girl asked him, "do you want to play with me?" The little boy screamed and ran to his mother.
Chicago-Hubbard High School-In the basement of the school people have reported hearing a teenage girl crying and sometimes screaming for help.
Chicago-Jane Addams Hull House-This is a landmark structure, that was constructed in 1856 by Charles Hull is the alleged refuge of the "devil baby." The child was born to a devout Italian woman and her atheist husband. The child was said to have hooves and cloven feet, pointed ears, horns, scale covered skin, and a long tail. In 1913, the father brought the child to the Hull House, a welfare organization that was run by Jane Addams, and asked them to take care of the "devil child." The rumors quickly spread and in the matter of six weeks hundreds of people traveled to the Hull House to see the child. Addams denied the existence of such a child, but some believe that she was just trying to protect the child. To this day, people report seeing the creature looking out the upstairs-left attic window and the manifestations of luminous ectoplasm that ascend the staircase. Several people have photographed the ectoplasmic mist. Also photographed were four monk-like figures that appeared on the staircase to the second floor. The Hull House has been turned into a museum. It is located at the corner of Halsted Street and Polk Street. The address is 800 South Halsted Street, Chicago,IL 60607 Phone: (312)413-5353
Chicago-Jewish Waldheim Cemetery-The ghost of an unknown young 1920's flapper girl has been seen near this cemetery. She has been seen at the gates and Des Plaines Avenue, between the Melody Mill and the cemetery. There were numerous sightings of her in 1933 and 1973. Located in North Riverside,IL 60546 Phone:(708)366-4100
Chicago-John Hancock High School- Formerly Lourdes High School is located at 4034 West 56th Street, Chicago, IL 60629. There have been reports by students and staff of sounds of music and unexplainable sounds of footsteps. It is believed that several nuns are the ones who are haunting the school.
Chicago-Kelvyn Park Highschool-A few years back 3 teachers mysterious died, but no explanation was given to the students of how or why the deaths occurred. There has been several reports of disembodied voices, footsteps, and cold spots.
Chicago-Lourdes High School-Students and staff at this Catholic school have reported hearing disembodied footsteps and untraceable music that echoes through the halls. Located at 4034 West 56th Street, Chicago,IL 60629 Phone:(312)581-2555
Chicago-Loyola University Chicago-The legend says that a Jesuit priest and a nun had affair. The nun found out the she was pregnant, and she asked the priest to runaway with her, so they could raise their child together. He refused to do it. The nun went to the 13th floor of the building and hung herself. The priest later found her and jumped out the window to his death. Even when the floor has been vacant, but there is a light on in the room where the nun killed herself. People have also reported seeing the nun and priest walking together hand-in-hand.
Chicago-Maryville Center For Medically Complex Children-Located at Oak Park Rd. and Forest Preserve Rd. (Montrose ave.) in Chicago, you must park about a mile away and make the trip to the entrance on foot. The Maryville Center For Medically Complex children was an institute for drug addicted, handicapped, insane, and foster children. It was mysteriously shut down, and boarded up for reason related to asbestos. Once inside you must pass numerous buildings marked: A, B, C, etc. Follow the main concrete path and follow it off to the left until you see a run down playground once used by the children who lived at the center. Go past the swing set and the 2nd slide you see and go between the two building before you. All but one of the windows around you will be boarded up. The one window that is not boarded up leads into the indoor pool. A main hallway can be reached through a room called the 'pool office'. From there you will find numerous stairwells that provide access to about 75% of the entire center. There are many reports of people hearing the sounds of children laughing, and in some instances even seeing people in white robes walking around. Lots of paranormal activity takes place in this abandoned asylum.
Chicago-Mount Carmel-The ghost of Julia Buccola Petts is said to wander the cemetery grounds. One story says that a young bot was accidentally left behind in the cemetery, when the family returned.. they saw a lady in a white gown walking hand-in-hand with the boy. When they got closer the lady disappeared into thin air.
Chicago-O'Hare Airport-An American Airlines flight crashed into an airfield near the airport. The crash ignited a huge fireball that killed all the passengers and crew aboard. The ghosts of passengers and crew have been seen in the airport terminal they departed from on that fateful day.
Chicago-Options Exchange Building-In 1979 two traders had a disagreement over a trade. They decided to settle the matter outside by the horse statue/fountain. One of the men was badly hurt and died before paramedics could help him. People have reported hearing arguing when no one else is around.
Chicago-Red Lion Pub-In 1882 John Cordwell turned this three story brick building into an English pub. As part of the renovation Cordwell added a of stain glass window over the stairway and also added a plaque in memory of his father. His father was buried in England without a headstone. Shortly after, people would get extremely dizzy when passing the window. John also felt his father's presence on the second floor. The strong smell of lavender is present when the spirit of a twenty year old retard girl who died in the building is present. The upstairs ladies restroom is haunted by a strong presence that seems to trap women inside. Multiple appariations have been seen including the apparition of a man that walks through the downstair bar and up the stairs. The appariation of a man dresses like cowboy has been seen in the upstairs bar. A blonde hair man, a woman wearing 1920's garb, and a man with a beard and wearing a black hat are also a few of the other spirits that haunt this building. People have heard disembodied voices,strange noises and footsteps, and doors will be locked by unseen hands. Located right across the street from the Biograph Theater the address is 2446 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago,IL 60614 Phone:(312)-348-2695
Chicago-Robinson Woods-Strange faces have been seen scaring out of the foliage, and the sounds of wood being chopped and the sounds of Native American Tom Toms have been heard and recorded. People have reported seeing red and white orbs, black shadows, and the smell of lavender and violets have been smelled at times. Passing motorists have reported seeing ghost lights moving about the brush. The paranormal activity has been linked to the nearby graves of an anglicized Indian family. A large granite boulder marks the graves of the Alexander Robinson family. The Robinson family was granted the land in 1829 in gratitude for saving a white family during the Fort Dearborn massacre. Legend says the family was murdered by jealous tribe members. Most of the vocal phenomena has been recorded on the left side of the monument. Located at East River Road and Lawrence Avenue near O'Hara Airport west of Norridge.
Chicago-S-M-C Cartage Company-Located at 2122 North Clark Street. On Valentine's Day 1929, Al Capone sent his men to send a message to Bugs Moran at one of his buildings (S-M-C Cartage Company). Seven men were lined up against a brick wall and were gunned down with machine gun fire. After hearing the news, Bugs said, "Only Capone kills people like that!" In 1972 the building was bought and turned into a 1920's themed club. The brick wall wear the massacre took place and factory have been torn down. Supposedly, before the wall was torn down, seven shadowy figures were seen lined up against the wall and the viewer would be filled with fear. The location is now a parking lot. People have reported to still hear gunfire and screams from this area.
Chicago-St. Andrews Pub-Employee and patrons have reported being reported encountering unusual cold spots and being touched by unseen hands. The owner Jane McDougall, glasses, ashtrays, and other object have been known to move by themselves. Many believe the activity is caused by the former owner Frank Giff, who died when he fell off a bar stool. Located at 5938 North Broadway, Chicago,IL 60660 Phone:312-784-5540
Chicago-St. George Orthodox Church-On April 22, 1994 an icon of the Virgin Mary located on a panel behind the alter began weeping. Two streams of moisture began to stream out of each eye. Eight bishops witness this and declared it a miracle. Many thousands of people have come to the church to view this famous icon. Located at 1220 South 60th Court, Chicago,IL. 60646 Phone:(708)656-2927
Chicago-St. Turibius Church-The ghost of a former priest Father Lechert can be seen wandering the church. Near the alter and tabernacle a black shadow has been seen lurking around. There have been reports of the organ playing late at night when no one is in the church. Located at the corner of 56th Street and Karlow Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646 Phone: 312-851-2730
Chicago-That Steak Joynt-Customers and employees have reported hearing strange footsteps, seeing moving apparitions, and the feeling of being touched by unseen hands. Located at 1610 North Wells, Chicago, IL 60614. Phone:(312)-943-5091 Chicago-Union League Boys and Girls Club-This building was built in the 1800's originally a gentlemen's club named The Chopin Club The club had one of the worst reputations for rowdiness on the West side. The police had investigated seven murders in or around the Chopin Club, the place had come to be known locally as the Blood Bucket. There has been the apparition of a small boy seen peaking around the corner. There has also been shadowy images seen in the pool area, and the gym/stage area. Several people have also claimed to have been touched by unseen hands. A presence can been felt throughout this massive 4 story building. Located at 2157 W 19th Street,Chicago,IL 60608 Phone:(312)829-6840
Chicago-Union League Boys and Girls Club-This building was built in the 1800's originally a gentlemen's club named The Chopin Club The club had one of the worst reputations for rowdiness on the West side. The police had investigated seven murders in or around the Chopin Club, the place had come to be known locally as the Blood Bucket. There has been the apparition of a small boy seen peaking around the corner. There has also been shadowy images seen in the pool area, and the gym/stage area. Several people have also claimed to have been touched by unseen hands. A presence can been felt throughout this massive 4 story building. Located at 2157 W 19th Street,Chicago,IL 60608 Phone:(312)829-6840
Chicago-Victorian House Antiques-This home was built in 1879. A woman was murdered in this home in the 1880's, and four people later died in a fire in the attic rooms. People who have visited the attic area have reported felling moving cold spots, and doors opening and closing by themselves. Located at 806 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657 Phone:(312)-348-8561
Chicago-Water Tower-The ghostly figure of a man hanging from a rope has been in the window's of Water Tower on several occasions. It is believed that the man was hanged from the garnished structure in the 1880's. Reports of strange lights at the top of the tower have been reported, this is strange because there are no lights near these windows. This is one of the few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire in October 1871. The building marks the area of Chicago known as Streeterville, named for the explorer Captain John Streeter. Streeter laid claim to this land, but it was later taken from him by the city. He then cursed the land. Located on the Corner of Michigan Avenue and Chicago Avenue.
Chicago-Webster's Wine Bar-The apparition of a man has been seen at the bar on the second floor.
Christian-Palmer/Anderson Cemetery-There are a lot of orbs that are seen here. ON certain nights dark shadows with red eyes are also seen. Not too far away is a stone cabin that a ghost of a man has been seen.
Cicero-Chodl Auditorium-A former teacher/director is the spirit that is believed to haunt this location. During opening night at a production of West Side Story, he suffered a massive heart attack and die before seeing the play. Students have reported seeing him and feeling his presence in the theater, especially on long nights after a rehearsals and on nights of plays. West Side Story in no longer performed out of respect for the former teacher/director.
Cicero-Morton College-The school is haunted by the ghost of a little girl named Emily, who was murdered and her body buried on the land where the school is today. Her body was uncovered when construction of the school begin. Her ghost has been seen moving from classroom to classroom, on the roof top, and in the theater. She seems to make her presence known during plays, and seems to be more frequent in the fall. People have also heard footsteps when no one is around. The school is located at 3801 South Central Avenue, Cicero, IL 60650 Phone:(708)656-8000
Cicero-Warren Park-On the top floor of the Warren Park Administration building, people have reported hearing moaning and footsteps, a misty apparition has been seen, doors open and close, and a window has been completely shattered.
Clarendon Hills-The Country House Restaurant-The legend says that a woman was having an affair with a bartender at this location many years ago. Her husband was a traveling salesman and was out of town most of the time. One night she came to the bar and seen her lover in the arms of another woman. She became very upset and stormed out of the building . She was seen leaving the parking lot at a high rate of speed. Shortly after, the woman was found about a mile down the road dead as a result of a car accident. It is not known if she intentionally ran her car into the tree, or if it was purely by accident. Many people have reported seeing wearing the blue dress she wore on the night of her death. People have seen or feeling her presence in the storeroom, near the bar, and in an upstairs bedroom. She has locked people in rooms, opened and closed doors, turned lights on and off, and broke many dishes and glasses. Located at 241 West 55th Street, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514 Phone:708-325-1444.
Colchester-Vishnu Springs-Vishnu is an old abandoned township that is just west of Colchester. Numerous reports of people have the strong feeling that they are being watched and an uneasy feeling overcoming them. Many people have seen shadowy figures and heard strange noises.
Collinsville-Cahokia Mounds-The site dates back to 700 A.D. and was a city of twenty thousand by 1200 A.D. No one knows exactly who these people were, but have been dubbed the Temple Mound Builders. These people built over 120 mounds at this site. The largest earthwork is called Monk's Mound, and is also the largest in the Western Hemisphere. The hundred-foot-tall, fourteen-acre mound was home to the principal ruler and is said to be the source of great psychic energy to this day. There is no doubt people can feel a great and indescribable presence when they visit these sites. Numerous reports of glowing orbs, moving shadows and the ghosts of American Indians have been seen here. People have heard Tom Toms, Indian Chats, and footsteps. The site is not in the town of Cahokia, but is located thirty miles southeast of St. Louis. For more information you can contact the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society, PO Box 382, Collinsville,IL 62234 or Phone: (618)344-9221. Or you can also contact the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, PO Box 681, Collinsville, IL 62234 or Phone: (618)346-5160
Collinsville-Old First Baptist Church-During WWII when tensions were high against Germans and people of German decent, it was discovered that the janitor was a German-American. He was beat and locked into the basement. The church was then set on fire resulting in the death of the janitor. The church was rebuilt on the original foundation. People have reported cold spots, an uneasy feeling, hearing footsteps, seeing shadowy figures, and a hooded figure walking with a hell hound by his side. After some investigating it was found that seven spirits inhabit the church, one is referred to as a demon. The demon spirit is believed responsible for hiding and breaking objects, and grabbing people to the point of leaving bruises. The church burned to the ground on October 30, 2003.
Collinsville-Keebler Road Mansion-This old mansion use to stand on the curve of Keebler Road. During the time when slavery was legal, the basement was used to auction off the slaves. There was a stage like area with leg irons built into a concrete wall. People have reported seeing candle light moving from window to window at night. Numerous others have seen slaves walking around the outside of the mansion and down the road to an old cemetery. Others have reported hearing screams and other strange noises. Several years ago the house mysteriously burned down, but the paranormal events have not ended.
Collinsville-Lebanon Road "Gates of Hell"-(Urban Legend) On this lonely road there are a series of concrete tunnels (gates). It is said that if you park underneath any of these and turn your headlights off, the evil spirits will send out the hell hounds to bring your soul back to hell. Another legend says that if you drive through all the gates without driving through one of them twice that at the stroke of midnight you will be taken straight to hell.
Colona-Kauzlarich House-There has been reports of shadowy figures, doors opening and closing by themselves, and electrical disruptions.
Crete-The Ax-Man's House-In the 1970's a man murders his wife and children along with two police officers, with an ax. After killing them he hung them from hooks in the meat shed in the back of the property. He was then chased through the woods near his home by the police until he was finally shot and killed near the road. Upon entering the grounds a strange feeling of being watched is felt, and if you go around to the back of the house you can still see the blood splattered in the meat shed. In the house you will find a staircase that leads into the ceiling. If you go into one of the upstairs bedrooms you will find women’s shoes all over the floor and if you look out the window you will see what looks like a woman hanging from a rope in the tree. You can also still see the path that the ax man ran down to try to avoid the police. He is said to still haunt the bridge near where he died.
Crystal Lake-Barnes & Noble Bookstore-An elderly woman who died willed her property to her church, specifying that the property be used for a school. Barnes & Noble, along with a few other stores now occupy the property. Employees have reported seeing book carts and other objects being moved around by unseen hands. Some people have even claimed to see the elderly lady in the storeroom.
Crystal Lake-The Fountains of Crystal Lake-On the upper floor there has been reports of people seeing an apparition of an elderly woman that wanders the halls. If you follow her, she will lead you down a hallway.. just before it dead ends she disappears. On the same floor there is an area with checkerboards to play checkers on. It has been reported that the checkers move on their own. In the basement, there is a strong sensation that you are being watched. If you walk down the hall, you can hear footsteps behind you.
Crystal Lake-Lake View Cemetery-The Lake View Cemetery is said to be haunted by a woman who set herself on fire and died. People have seen her, and heard her screaming.
Crystal Lake-McHenry County-YMCA-People have heard screams coming from the wooded area behind the YMCA. Legends says that a nearby farmer killed his family and then himself in those woods.
Crystal Lake-Mount Thabor Cemetery-There have been numerous paranormal events at this old cemetery. There have been eerie shadows that appear to move, and a green mist seems to engulf the cemetery. Red, white, and green orbs have been seen and photographed. Passing motorists have also seen these glowing balls of light floating throughout the cemetery and sometimes toward the road.
Crystal Lake-Palmer House-This is the site of a former orphanage ran by Mr. Palmer. He reportedly beat and abused the children, and on occasion beat them to death. Children screaming, and scratching at the doors can be heard. It has also been reported that people have seen children in the windows of the basement.
Crystal Lake-Park in Covered Bridge Trails-The stream located behind the park has had paranormal activity around it. People have reported moving shadows, and glowing balls of light.
Crsytal Lake-Stickney Mansion-This mansion was built in 1849 by George Stickney, and is now haunted by his ghost. There have been many reports of people feeling like they are being watched, footsteps, and cold spots. Located at 1904 Cherry Valley Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Danville-Cornfield Cemetery (Niccum)-Located off Long Road, this cemetery sits in the middle of several cornfields. Numerous apparitions have been seen here, it is also been said that people that visit here get an uneasy feeling.
Danville-Hungry Hallow Road-This road is haunted by the ghosts of several small children. The legends say that in the middle of the great depression, the children got snowed in their shack and their parents or they could not get into town...so, the children starved to death. People have reported seeing the ghosts of these small children, as well as hearing the voices of children saying,"Food" and "Food Please".
Danville-Kerasotes Theaters-Theater number one is said to be haunted by a family who previously lived on the land where the theater now stands. The land was once farmland and a farmhouse is believed to have stood where theater now stands. The rest of the theaters were built on after theater number one and do not have any reported activity. While previewing movies or when the theater is closed employees have reported seeing the apparition of a woman in a long white dress, and a man in the projection booth. There has also been reports of disembodied voices, footsteps, and cold spots. Located at 2917 N. Vermilion Street, Danville, IL 61832-1366 Phone:(217)443-3476
Danville-New Holland Apartment. Building-A man was found dead in the basement of this building, but the cause of death was undetermined. The lights go on and off by themselves, as well as cold spots being felt.
Decatur-Avon Theater-The ghost of the original owner of the theater has been on numerous occasions.
Decatur-Greenwood Cemetery-Many believe this is the most haunted cemetery in central Illinois. The cemetery has a trouble history and is host to a great number of apparitions and other paranormal events. The cemetery was established in 1857, but got it's unofficial start in 1828, when a group of moonshiners massacred a band of Indians, and then dumped their bodies in a shallow ravine and covered them with stones. There is a ghost of a woman dressed in black who is seen frequently and hear weeping, she has been dubbed "The Greenwood Bride". The Sangamon River overflowed it's banks and flooded the cemetery, dislodging several coffins. Since that happened there has been many flickering balls of light seen in the cemetery, many believe that these are the lost souls looking for their bodies. There is also an area of the cemetery referred to as Hell Hallow, where there was eight unsolved murders in the 1930's. Grave robbers also used this area to do their grueling work. This area is also contains several unmarked and mismarked graves after a mudslide collapsed the hill. The ground was litter with coffins and bodies. The hill was rebuilt with concrete terraces, but many of the bodies were lost or mismarked. Many of the stones were marked "Unknown Union Solider" , but are actually Confederate soldiers who died of yellow fever on a prison train that stopped in Decatur during the civil war. Since 1977, a man with two black holes for eyes has been seen numerous times. Located at the end of South Church Street. Hell Hollow is located on the southwest sided of the cemetery. The ghost lights are seen on the southern side of the cemetery along Lincoln Park Drive. The Indian burial site is on a hill on the south side the oldest section.
Decatur-Lincoln Theater-The ghost of a one armed man has been seen near the spiral staircase. People have heard footsteps and the voice of a man. Located on North Main Street, Decatur, IL 62521 Phone: 217-422-1711
Decatur-Milliken University-This Presbyterian college was founded in 1901and is the host to many ghosts and spirits. The ghost of a man who fell down an elevator shaft haunts the basement of the Garin Library where he died. The unidentified ghost of a woman was been seen in Blackburn Hall. The old school gym was built in 1911, is now used by the theater department and is haunted by a mischievous ghost. The ghost has been known to move objects, hide them, take them, and place them back in their original spot. People have also reported hearing voices and applause coming from this building when no one is around. Located at 1184 West Main Street, Decatur, IL 62522 Phone:(217)424-6210
Decatur-Pecs Cemetery-There has been numerous reports of glowing orbs, and the sounds of wolfs howling, and the sounds of someone running...but, no one is ever seen.
Decatur-Voorhies Castle-In the 1870's Nels Larson built this 14 room manor house on his 540 acres of land. There were rumors that the Larsons kept a severely retarded child chained up in one of the rooms. In 1914, Nels' wife Johanna was found dead on the central staircase of the house. Nels then gathered his family and left the home forever. They left all their clothes, furniture, and belongings behind. The house remained vacant for 58 years. Many people have reported seeing the ghost of Johanna looking from the upper window. The sounds of rattling chains and animal-like noises are heard on the second floor. The home has had several owners in the past 35 years.
Des Plaines-Galaxy Club-There are many paranormal events that take place hear. When standing near the juice bar, over the loud music you can here people calling your name. At the back of the club people have reported hearing the air hockey table being used when no one is near it. After the club has closed people have hear loud crashing sounds, but nothing has fallen. Some people have even seen orbs moving through the darkness of the club.
Des Plaines-Maryville Academy-In the 1930's this building was used for a Catholic orphanage. There are sounds of footsteps, swishing of skirts, and the sounds of the rosary beads clicking, but no one is ever seen.
DeSoto-Desoto Grade School-In 1925 the tri-state tornado ripped through this community. The tornado leveled this two story brick building killing several children. People have reported hearing the children laughing and playing in the halls and on the playground.
Dogtown-Pleasant Grove Cemetery-The cemetery is surrounded by a forest and you need to take dirt roads to get back there. People have heard strange noises, and seeing shadowy figures.
Douglas County-Airtight Road-Many witnesses have seen specters here, and numerous people have reported having mechanical problems here. After leaving the cars run fine.
Douglas County-The Lost Forties-People report seeing a little girl running out in front and running her over with the car. The impact is felt, but when people get out to check on the girl...she is gone.
East Moline-19th Avenue-A silent, shrouded figure of a man has been seen here numerous times. The figure has only been seen by children. The figure has been reported mostly near Butterworth Park under a large tree near the curb. Follow interstate 80 to highway 88/92 exit.
East Peoria-Cole Hollow Road-Cole Hallow Road was the site of "Cohomo" (Cole Hollow Road Monster) in the 1960's. Back then, there were numerous sightings of this monster, but none since. However, strange phenomena such as rocks flying out of nowhere at passing motorists and glowing globules in the woods have been reported.
East St. Louis-State Street building-The building is abandoned, but there has been numerous of reports of faint screams coming from the inside. The apparition of a woman appears with her hand reaching out like she is going to grab a hold of someone, then she vanishes into thin air.
Edwardsville-Three Mile House-This inn and tavern was established in 1858, and quickly became a popular destination along the St. Louis-Springfield stage coach route. This place is filled with paranormal events. Some of the hauntings that have been reported include those of slaves, children, and numerous others. For a more detailed reading about this place go to http://www.prairieghosts.com/threemile.html
Effingham-Ramsey Cemetery-There have been many strange things reportedly happening here. This old cemetery is suppose to have several haunted caves. There have also been reports of a werewolf and a man cloaked in black with red glowing eyes.
Elgin-Beef Villa-Back in the 1980's a young teenage boy was reportedly killed in the parking lot in front of the restaurant. It is said that his angry and depressed spirit still plagues this location, causing many paranormal events. Employees have reported seeing floating orbs of light and feeling cold spots. On several occasions the lights and ovens have gone on and off by themselves. Customers have reported having the feeling as if someone was standing behind them whispering, but nobody was there.
Elgin-Channing Memorial Elementary School-There has been numerous paranormal events that have taken place here. Most of the activity happens at night and on the upper floor. When an addition was built on to the building, over 13 skeletons were reportedly discovered. Most of them were reportedly children ranging in ages from 10 to 17 years old. Numerous reports of apparitions (several different ones), cold spots, whispers and footsteps have been reported. If you enter the building after dark, you can not help but to encounter some sort of paranormal activity. There have been several different night janitors that have been scared so badly, that they ran out of the building leaving their personal belongings behind. The refuse to tell what they saw or heard, and vow never to go back in the building again.
Elgin-Elgin Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery-At the turn of the century, there was documentation of the patients being tortured, sometimes to death. This treatment of patients was prior to science understanding insanity. These patients were buried up to five in a grave. People have reported seeing orbs, ectoplasmic mist, and apparitions. They have also heard strange noises, whispers and screams, numerous cold spots have been felt as well.
Elgin-Elgin State Mental Hospital-Elgin State is a relic from the 1950's era for using pain as treatment for the mentally ill. Electroshock and cold therapy were some of the ghastly methods used to "treat" patients. Many patients died as the years went on, and eventually the cemetery ran out of room, so the bodies were incinerated in the basement. The campus has been closed, but that does not stop people from hopping the fence and running from security guards. Many people consider this one of Chicagoland's most haunted places. People have reported strange noises, including tapping, screams, whispers and footsteps. Numerous reports of people seeing lights on inside, ectoplasmic mist, orbs, blooded stained walls and numerous apparitions. The smell of decaying flesh has been smelled on several occasions.
Elgin-Ellis Middle School-The auditorium of the school is supposedly haunted by a ghost of a woman in a white lace dress. She has also been seen in the hallways and backstage.
Elgin-Illinois Park School-The school was over 100 years old, and was the host for many paranormal events. People have reported hearing little kids laughing and crying in the kindergarten area, but no one was present. In the basement of the school people said they heard a hammer striking metal, but no one was present. The school has been knocked done and now a parking lot for the new school.
Elkhart-Elkhart Cemetery-Former governor Governor Ogelsby is buried here. The ghost of his wife is seen here often. She comes to visit her husbands tomb. After sitting there for a few minutes, a group of American Indians ghosts chase her over the bridge that leads over the road to the cemetery. The woods at the back of the cemetery there’s a fence that separates them with a step stool and sign next to fence. The sign says, “grounds keepers don't wander back here neither should ladies and gents.” Well, it's a path over the fence going up the hill, people have heard voices and footsteps...and seen black shadowy figures and apparitions.
Elmhurst-Single track train track-Numerous people have reported seeing the apparition of a man carrying a lantern walking the tracks...then he disappears into thin air.
Equality-The Old Slave House-Old Slave House Museum "Crenshaw Place"-Back in the 1800's this house was used to house slaves that were waiting for sale to southern plantation owners.The first and second stories of the home is where John Crenshaw and his family lived. The third story contained 12 tiny rooms, one large room and an open hall with whipping posts. This is where Mr. Crenshaw bred slaves for sale. They were often beaten and sometimes so badly that they died. These children, along with kidnapped blacks were sold to southern buyers, who sent boats up the Ohio River to pick them up. Slavery was Illegal in IL, so the owner has a side entrance built on to the house that a wagon could pull up to and a person or persons could be taken into the house and up to attic without being seen. Some of his victims were free blacks that he kidnapped and held captured until they were sold down south when was done breading them. To this day the attic still has the little stalls with the chains on the wall and floor. In the 1920s, exorcist Hickman Whittington tried to rid the home of the evil spirits. A short time after entering the home, he ran out and died a short time later. In 1966, two marines tried to tackle the spirits on the third floor. A few hours later, they ran from the home too. They said that they were surrounded by ghostly figures and heard a cacophony of voices. There were over 150 people who tried to spend the night on the third floor alone, but none were successful. Finally in 1978, a reporter for WSIL-TV, David Rodgers, became the first person to make it through the night. There has been cold spots felt throughout the building, footsteps, screams and crying have been heard as well. A few people have reported seeing a black woman on the second floor that walks right through the wall. The third floor of this home is considered to be one of the countries most haunted locations. Located at Highway 13 Junction, Harrisburg, IL 92954 Phone 618-276-4410
Frankfort – The Old Bowen Property – Several individuals have reported “strange activity” in the home over the course of several decades. The people who lived in the home experienced doors opening and slamming closed by an unseen force. Hearing voices and growling noises in the bedrooms, on one occasion one of the residents reported having staples thrown at them. A few occasions shadow people and strange faces were seen. These unusual experiences were not just experienced by the residents; many people visiting the home have also claimed similar events.
Joliet - Frank Shaver Allen house, corner of Morgan and Dewey streets - The Frank Shaver Allen house haunting was well-documented in the local press in the late 1970's after a team of psychics and a Joliet newspaperwoman investigated it. The family then living there cooperated in the investigation after having experienced very dramatic paranormal events for over a decade. The house was built for wealthy Frank Shaver Allen in the latter half of the 19th century. He is believed to be one of the lingering spirits there. Also, reported are an elderly woman, believed to be someone who died from a terminal illness in the house; a former nanny and her charge, a young boy; and other spirits not identified. Many, many sightings of spirits and other strange events have occurred at the residence and have been witnessed by occupants, visitors, the psychics and reporter and others such as gas meter readers, etc. A boy who lived there experienced repeated visits from the ghostly nanny and boy who repeatedly invited him to join the ghost boy forever as his playmate. Unexplained, illusory fires have been seen there. A renovation/redecoration of the house inspired a wave of supernatural occurrences. The usual door slamming, odors, shadow-figures, unexplained voices and screams abound.
Joliet-Haley Mansion-Built in 1889 by Frank Shaver Allen, a nationally known architect and Egyptologist, this took 2 years to build and stands at 3 1/2 stories tall. This was built for the mayor of Joliet at the time Patrick C. Haley. Many years later it became a funeral home, then in the late 1990's was turned into a Banquet Hall, rented for parties and weddings. There have been many disembodied voices and spirits seen here by guests. One of the many spirits believed to be here is that of Frank Shaver Allen, Patrick C. Haley, and the former funeral home director. There are many things that happen here that can not be explained.
Joliet- The Joliet Area Historical Museum – The museum is located at the corners of Cass Street and Ottawa Street in downtown Joliet. The museum opened at its present location in the fall of 2002. The building was previously a Methodist church. It is reported that were several deaths at the locations over the years. Several people have claimed to have strange and unexplainable things happen to them while working or visiting the museum. There seems to be an overwhelming presence that seems to be watching and following people. Employees have reported offices and items thrown about by a unseen force. Strange noises, footsteps, and voices have all been reported throughout the building. An apparition of a man wearing a black suit has been seen standing in the front of the building, and when he is approach he vanishes into thin air. A strong aroma of flowers has been smelled on numerous occasions. It is unclear is the activity is linked to the history of the church or from spirits possibly attached to the objects that the museum houses. The Joliet Area Historical Museum is located at 204. North Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL 60432 Phone: (815) 723-5201 Website: http://www.jolietmuseum.org
Joliet-Joliet Arsenal-An old army ammunition plant. Numberous reports of ghost cars, footsteps, and strange noises have been witnessed.
Joliet-Potters Field Cemetery (aka County Farm Cemetery)-On the grounds of the old Will County Poor Farm. This cemetery has 48 stones, all have only numbers, except for one with the name George Miller. It is believed that there are another 150 people buried here. There have been numberous cold spots felt, ghost lights, and human remains have even been found here.
Joliet-Rialto Square Theater-The beautiful granite theater in the heart of downtown Joliet was originally built in 1925-1926. It opened on May 24, 1926 as a "Vaudeville Movie Palace." The theater has undergone several changes through the years. In the April of 1980 the former "Vaudeville Movie Palace" began restoration and renovation to bring it back to it's original magnificence. On November 27, 1981 the palace reopened as a performing arts center, The Rialto Square Theater. The apparition of an unidentified woman has been seen roaming the dark passageways after hours by some visitors, but mostly staff. The woman is said to have a very pleasant appearance by those who have encountered her. Rialto Square Theater located at 15 E. Van Buren St., Joliet, IL 60432 Phone:(815)726-7171
Joliet - University of St. Francis – Historic Motherhood Convent- The building dates back to 1881. The nuns would use the building as an infirmary. It was often the poor that could not afford to go to seek medical care anywhere else that came to the convent. There were numerous deaths that were recorded at this site throughout the years. When deaths occurred, the nuns would prep the bodies and wake them inside the location. There has been numerous reports of an apparition of a nun seen pacing back and forth. People have heard disembodies moans, cries, footsteps and whispers through the entire building. Lights have been reported to turn on and off by themselves. Doors have opened and closed entirely by themselves. Some people visiting here have reported an overwhelming sadness and feeling a presence watching them.
Johnston City-Arrowhead Cemetery-Hook's Tomb-Legend says that if you walk up to the tomb and walk slowly around it clockwise three times and then knock three times.. you will smell the fragrance of roses.
Lemont-St. James Sag Cemetery-Also known as "Monk's Castle", this cemetery was founded in 1817. In 1847 the reports of people seeing ghosts started. There have been numerous apparitions seen here. The apparitions of eight monks have been seen and heard chanting Latin liturgies in the cemetery and thesurroundingg grounds. Late one night in November of 1977, a police officer chased theapparitionss of eight monks who floated out of the woods towards the rectory. They disappeared right before his eyes. The apparitions of a lady in white and a phantom carriage have also been reported on numerous occasions.
Lincoln-Lincoln College-Olin Sang-This is one of the oldest dorms on campus and is haunted by at least one ghost. The ghost has reportedly turned TVs on and off, opened and closed doors, and turned the lights on and off.
Lincoln-Lincoln College-University Hall-This is the oldest building on campus and has the most activity as well. There are reports of people hearing footsteps, and things being moved or knocked over by unseen hands. People say they just get an uneasy feeling when they are here. People say that after nightfall, if you look inside you can seen white shadowy figures moving around.
Lisle-Benet Academy-This is made up of two halls, Benet and Joseph and was formerly used as an orphanage. There has been numerous people who have seen the ghosts of orphan children throughout the academy. People have seen objects being moved by unseen hands. There are rumors that there are tunnels under Benet Hall that lead to St. Procopius Abbey across the street.
Lisle-Benidictine University-This campus is host to a large amount of paranormal activity. Several apparitions have been seen all over the campus. There is the ghost of a young boy wearing shorts and a blue shirt that is seen all over campus, at all times of the year.
Lisle-Benedictine University-Benedictine Hall-The ghost of a monk has appeared from no where and has been seen walking through walls. In the art wing of the building people have heard disembodied voices, footsteps and a loud banging noise.
Lisle-Benedictine University-Cemetery-A few years ago, a group of kids took a Ouija board into the cemetery to see if they could make contact with a spirit. Reportedly, one of the boys involved with the board, started convulsing and speaking in tongue. The group with him was unable to control the boy. Some monks from the Abbey across the street came over to help. They declared the boy possessed and performed an exorcism.
Lisle-Benedictine University-Jaeger Hall-People have reported seeing the spirits of young children in this building. TVs, radios, and lights have been known to turn off and on by themselves, often occurring in the middle of the night.
Lisle-Benedictine University-Neuzil Hall-People have heard footsteps, felt cold spots, and have seen shadowy figures. When pictures are taken in this building there are often strange lights and even apparitions that show up in the pictures, but they were not seen at the time of the pictures were taken.
Lisle-Benedictine University-Ondrak Hall-People have reported a strange eerie, heavy feeling that overcomes them when in this building after nightfall. People have seen moving shadows, felt cold breezes pass them by, lights and TVs turn off and on by themselves, doors open and close, and toilets flush by themselves.
Lockport-Canal Street Junkyard-The ghost of a little girl has been seen wandering the junkyard.
Lockport-Bruce Road- While driving on this road, the torso of a man has been seen floating towards vehicles on the right hand side of the road. Just before reaching the stop sign at the intersection, the image seems to fade away.
Lockport-Lockport Central High School- In the auditorium of the high school cold spots have been felt numberous times. During some performances, people have reported sitting down next to a silent figure. By the time the performance ends the figure vanishes into thin air.
Lockport-Ruyon Park-Formerly known as Legions Park, this is the location of the first settler's farmstead the Runyon family. The family is buried here in the family cemetery, near the swimming hole. If you climb the hill you will find the spot where the old flag pole once stood and the remains of an old well. The old buildings have been torn down to make way for the new. This area is believed to be the area where witch craft was once performed. Voices are often heard throughout the day when no one is present, and at times in a language that can not be recognized. Some say they can hear the witch calling out to her followers.
Macomb-Western Illinois University-Bayliss Hall-One of these dorm rooms is haunted by a former student. During her freshmen year, this student became pregnant. She hid this from her family. She gave birth to the child in her room. She killed the infant and dumped the body down the trash chute. She returned to her room where she hung herself in the closet. People have heard moaning and the cries of a baby on this floor. Lights have turned off and on by themselves, and several cold spots have been felt as well. Located at 900 West Adams, Macomb, IL 61455 Phone 309-298-1891
Macomb-Western Illinois University-Simpkins Hall-This is one of the older buildings on campus. It started as a grade school, then and high school and now is the English building. There are several ghosts that haunt this building. On the first floor people have seen the apparition of a little girl. She has been heard running down the halls and laughing. On a few occasions she has been heard saying, "Do you want to play?" On the third floor people have reported seeing the ghost of a former janitor. He is believed to be responsible for turning lights on and off and slamming door closed. Located at 900 West Adams, Macomb, IL 61455 Phone 309-298-1891
Macomb-Western Illinois University-Tanner Hall-Back in 1972, a young man on the twelfth floor was having a water balloon fight...he ran into an open elevator shaft falling to his death. People have reported seeing his ghost running through the halls and hearing his faint screams. People have also seen his ghost on the elevator, once the elevator passes the fourth floor he disappears. A few of the students have claimed to be touched by him as well. Located at 900 West Adams, Macomb, IL 61455 Phone 309-298-1891
Macoupin-Carlinville-Moore Cemetery-This cemetery dates back to the 1800's, it sits back about five miles from the main road. There have been reports of glowing balls of light floating over the older sections of the cemetery.
Manteno-Manteno State Hospital-The Manteno State Hospital was a state run hospital for the mentally ill, it was opened in 1929 and closed in 1985. There are a series of 69 buildings that are connect through tunnels, these were not used to transport people (they were used to connect water mains, etc.) The patients were mistreated and were put through cruel testing, Some patients were put through electro shock therapy, cold water treatments and lobotomies. People have reported seeing numerous apparitions and shadowy figures, hearing moaning and screams, and several cold spots have been felt. After midnight, people have claimed that they have seen several glowing globules moving throughout the buildings. At least 22 of the buildings have been knocked down, while others have been remodeled and are being used by businesses, but the vast majority are being used by the VA. There are still two single story cottages and six two story cottages that remain untouched. For more information click here
Mattoon-Campground Cemetery-Local legends says that people have seen several people dressed in early 1900's clothing having a picnic in the cemetery. Once they pass them and look back, they are gone. Strange glowing lights have been seen coming from the cemetery at night.
Mattoon-Rag Doll Cemetery-This cemetery is located just east of route 45..between Mattoon and Neoga. A nine year old girl was mysteriously murdered and her killer/s were never found. The girl would always carry her favorite doll with her..she referred to it as Rag Doll. The doll was placed in the casket and buried with the girl. After nightfall, people have said that they have seen the "Rag Doll" in a tall tree next to the girls grave. The doll seems to be alive and is believed to be looking for the murder/s responsible for killing her best friend. Once the sun rises, the doll disappears.
Maywood -Lexington Elementary School-People passing the school at night have heard strange noises and have seen weird flashing lights coming from inside the school.
McClure-Grapevine Trail (Dead Mans Curve)-The road is filled with treacherous curves, and therefor has had quite a few car accidents. People have reported that they heard the loud screeching of tires and a crash..a short time later they heard a woman screaming...and then a loud explosion. No one else was around when they heard these things...and multiple people have experienced this.
McHenry-McHenry East High School-Students, teachers, and staff members have all seen the ghost of a man that walks around the school almost daily. Some people believe that the man is the that of the person who designed the school.
McNabb-Putnam County-Putnam County Junior High School-The ghosts of Sarah and John Swaney are reportedly haunting this building. Lockers doors, and classroom doors have been known to open and close by themselves. A dark shadowy figure has been seen moving through the school and cold breezes have been known to pass people.
Middletown-400th Avenue Bridge-This bridge was used to hang people. The entire area around the bridge is known to be haunted. People have seen numerous apparitions here. Screams, talking, and clanking of chains have been heard here.
Midlothian-Bachelor's Grove Cemetery-This is one of the most haunted places in the mid-west. The cemetery is now in the middle of the Rubio Woods Forest Preserve, owned by Cook County. The cemetery is in very poor condition and not maintained at all. It attracts 1,000's of ghost hunters and the curious every year. The amount of paranormal activity that takes place here is unreal. Back in the 1920's and 30's the mob dumped their victims in the lagoon that is next to the cemetery. In the 1960's and 1970's satanic worship was done here. There are numerous graves that have been dug and the people who are buried there are unknown. Numerous graves have also been dug up and the bodies..who knows where they are...some are believed to have been used in satanic worship and thrown into the lagoon. Most of the headstones have been thrown into the lagoon or desecrated. Some of the ghosts witnessed here include a farmer with his horse pulling a plow, this seems to come from a farmer who was drowned in nearby water, when his horse bolted into the water with the plow and farmer behind. A ghostly farmhouse that appears with a fence and light swinging from the front porch, anyone trying to approach it, finds that it vanishes from sight. Some have even said, that if you reach the house and enter that you will vanish with it forever. One of the most prominent ghosts here is the White Lady, the Madonna of Bachelor’s Grove. She appears during full moons, and is thought to be women who is buried here next to her infant child. It is believed that she and her child died during delivery. Many believe that her bones and the bones of her child were dug up and thrown into the lagoon. One odd ghost seen here is a two-headed man; no one seems to claim why this person appears here. A tall hooded figure has also been known o scare people off. People have also seen glowing globules floating through the cemetery and the trail leading to it. People have photographed orbs,ectoplasm, and a ton of strange images here. People have heard strange things as well including laughter, disembodied voices, and a strange metallic creaking. For more info visit http://www.bachelorsgrove.com/
Midlothian-Midlothian Turnpike-There has been numerous reports of phantom cars and trucks along this section of highway. Drivers often say that they have to swerve to miss hitting them, but when they look back there are no cars to be found. Some have even reported being in actual collisions with these phantom cars and trucks.Some have hear the shattering of glass and crumbling of metal. However, when they get out to look at the damage, no damage can be found and the other car is nowhere to be found. People have also reported seeing people walking along of the road in period garb and seeing them vanish into thin air. Located in between Central Avenue and Ridgeland Avenue. The Midlothian Turnpike is also marked at 143rd Street.
Milan-Milan Manor Apartment Woods-Back in 1986 a young boy from the apartment complex was ran over and kill by a tractor plow. The farmer who was driving said that they came out of no where. He said there was a second boy wearing a red shirt and blue jeans. No other boy was ever found or reported to be missing. People have seen the ghost of the boys playing in the woods near the apartments and in the farmer's field. They have been heard laughing and seen disappearing into thin air.
Millstadt-Zingg Road-This road goes between Millstadt and Belleville just off State Route 163. There are several paranormal events that take place here. There is a bridge where a man hung himself, on the anniversary of his death..people have seen him ghost hanging from the bridge. There is a ghost pick up truck that chases after people or will play chicken with oncoming traffic...sometimes driving right through people;s cars. People have seen numerous ghost lights along this stretch of road.
Minooka/Morris-Aux Sable Cemetery-There have been several ghosts that have been reported ly seen here. The one that has been seen most often is that of a little girl standing near the gates. She stands there are stares at you the entire time you are in the cemetery. She has been reported to close the gates when you attempt to leave. The gates will not lock without a large metal bar, so you are able to open them easily.
Minooka-St. Anothony's Cemetery (aka Dresden Cemetery, aka Old St Mary's Cemetery)-This cemetery sits on a steep hill, many of the stones are either damaged or gone entirely. Many of the graves were moved to the new St Mary's Cemetery just a few miles away. It is said that the cemetery sits on spoiled ground and the bodies did not want to rest there. Several cold spots have been felt there, disembodied voices are often heard. Many people passing by have seen a little boy calling out "mama, mama", "dada-dada", it is believed that his family was moved to the new cemetery, but his body was unable to be located. A lady in white dress has also been seen walking through the cemetery.
Moline-Haunted Hospital-The hospital was closed several years ago, but the paranormal activity has not stopped. People have seen numerous apparitions here, heard disembodied voices, babies crying, screaming, and footsteps. Things have been known to fly through the air by themselves. The hospital has been torn down, but people have reported that there are still paranormal events taking place.
Monmouth-Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery-This is one of the oldest cemeteries in the county. A lot of the headstones date back to the early 1800's. Local legend says that a Native American Indian scalped a white farmer that was trying to settle the land. The town's people hunt the Indian down and killed him. He was buried in the southeast corner of the cemetery. People have seen the apparition of the Indian and heard what sounds like an Indian chanting. A cold breeze seems to pass you by when you are in the cemetery.
Morris-Morris High School-Several voices have been heard when no one is around, doors mysteriously open and close.
Morris-Old Stage Road-Ghost lights have been reported along this road, which use to be used by bandits in the early 1800s.
Mounds-Wagner Hill-The ghost of Mrs. Wagner has been seen walking through the cemetery on several occasions. People have also seen bright orbs dancing around the cemetery.
Mundelein--Carmel High School-About 40 years ago in the rooms of this school the old monks and priests use to perform exorcisms here. Most of the time they were fake and nothing happened. But once a young boy was having an exorcism and nothing happened he was still doing all sorts of impossible things. One day after the priests performed this exorcism each priest died a horrible death. A train hit one in a car crash, another in a house fire and the third. After all of the priests died the boy next died. It is said today that every Friday night you will see the boy walking around out side the school. And every full moon it is said that the priests try to cast out the spirits of the young boy once again.
Mundelein-First Murder House-The first murder in Mundelein took place in this house. A wife was having an affair and the man she was having an affair with shot her husband in the front hall of their house. The family that lives there now has reported strange happenings. Every so often they will see a white figure moving/floating at a very high speed through out the house. Unexplained objects moving and noises have also occurred.
Nashville-The Old Han-Dee Mart Building-A former customer that frequented the store on a daily basis, continued to do so after her death. Customers and employees have see objects move by themselves, felt cold breezes pass them by and have heard loud screams. The store was sold and has been converted into an office building.
New Athens-Tunnel Hill-This has been a hangout for local kids for a long time. People have heard a growling noise and something brush up against them. Some people have even reported seeing a shadowy figure of a dog, and it is only seen for a few seconds..then it disappears.
New Lexox-Gougar Road & Route 6-There have been numberous reports of a headless man walking along side the road. He is believed to be the ghost of a man who lived nearby and committed suicide by hanging himself in a nearby barn.
New Lenox-Messenger Woods Forest Preserve-As people drive pass the preserve many get a strange, uneasy feeling. Some have reported hearing screams and shadows pass in front of their vehicles as they drive pass. There have also been reports of people walking through the preserve and seeing a shadow other than their own, but when they turn around to see if someone else is their they find themselves to be alone.
New Lenox-The Sanctuary Golf Course-During the construction of this golf course several Native American Indian burial sites where unearthed. Since then there has been a lot of paranormal activity in the area of the golf course and the surrounding homes. People have reported hearing screams, loud knocking noises (some describe it as the sound of Indian Tom Toms), and several other strange noises. There is a feeling like you are being watched. A few people have claimed to see balls of light floating over the golf course.
Normal-Illinois State University-Atkin Hall-Although there has been no sightings of ghosts in this building, the top floor has a heavy presence in it. People report a very strong negativity to this floor that is not felt anywhere else in the building.
Normal-Illinois State University-Fraternity House-A young woman reportedly died in the rear stairway of this frat house. Her room was on the second floor and people have reported hearing whispers and footsteps from the stairs to her room.
Normal-Soldiers and Sailor's Home-This was a place for soilders and sailors to leave their wives and children in war time. Most of the buildings have been converted into office builds, but a few remain unchanged. In these buildings people are overcome by a strong feeling of depression. The ghost of a woman and small child have been seen walking around one of the buildings. People have seen glowing orbs, strange light flashes, cold spots have been felt, and disembodied voices, footsteps and laughter have been heard here.
Normal-Illinois State University-Williams Hall-This building was the original library, and the librarian was Angie Milner. When the university grew in size, they built a new library..and name it Milner Library. However the ghost of Angie Milner haunts the old library, now Williams Hall. People have seen her ghost, books have been knocked off their shelves's, lights will flash on and off, and a cool breeze often goes through the building.
Oak Park-St. Johns Methodist Church-The ghost of an elderly lady has been seen here on numerous occasions. When she is approached, she simply vanishes.
Oakbrook-Evangelical Church Cemetery-The cemetery is located behind the church and is said to be extremely haunted. It is believed to dated back from the early days of Chicago. The church was erected and used by the Graue Mill and the mill's surrounding inhabitants. The town's people are buried in the cemetery, as well as several slaves who were trying to achieve their freedom, but never did. People have seen numerous ghosts in the cemetery and church. There is a ghost of a slave who is not at rest, troubled that he never knew what true freedom was. People have also heard whistling and voices in the cemetery and the church.
Oakbrook-Peabody Mansion-This huge structure sits just off of 83, and just looks like it should be haunted. Mr. Peabody died from a massive heart attack and shortly after, his family moved out of the home. People have reportedly seen the ghost of Mr. Peabody several times. It is believed that he is waiting for his family to return and join him.
Oakland-The Lost Forties-There are forty or so acres near Oakland that will not show up on any of the global positioning satellite systems (GPS) due to the natural curvature of the earth. People have reported seeing a little girl run out in the road in front of cars, they slam on the brakes...and they hit her...actually feeling the impact of the crash...but, when they get out to check on her...no one is found. Then, they say they can hear someone giggling.
Olney-Green Lantern Road-This is a old story told by locals, the story says that when you travel down this road after nightfall that you can see a green lantern floating behind your car. Then, your car lights will go off and the car will stall. Then, a man wearing a trench coat appears holding the green lantern. He walks from behind the car to the side, as he is passing the side of the car he looks blankly into the car at you. He walks off the road into the woods and disappears, and then the car lights come back on and the engine starts up again.
Olney-Mt. Pleasant Cemetery-In the front of the cemetery sits an old church that is extremely haunted. People have said if the front doors of the church are knocked on, sounds are heard within the church, sometimes it is footsteps, other times it is a choir singing, and at other times there are other noises heard. People passing the church at night have reported seeing strange lights coming from inside the church and in the cemetery. A few people have reported seeing a phantom funeral procession taking place.
Olney-Salvation Army-The building is reportedly haunted by a small boy who died when he fell out of his mothers shopping cart. He reportedly likes to scare employees and customers by grabbing them and vanishing into thin air.
Oquawka-Alexis Phelps House-During the period of slavery, this house was a safe haven from slaves. Alexis Phelps kept slaves hidden from the slave traders and help them find their way to freedom. People have seen the ghosts of slaves on the lower levels and the crawlspace areas of the house. The ghost of Alexis Phelps has been seen outside the home and in the lower and upper floors of the house. People have heard voices, footsteps and felt cold spots.
Orland Hills-Private Home-During the spring of 1988 at least twenty six separate occurrences of unexplained fires took place in this home. The majority of these were electrical in nature. Many occurring even after the electric was shut off to the home. Investigators from the Orland Hills Fire Department, Illinois Fire Marshals, Packard Engineering, Commonwealth Edison, and the insurance company investigated the home for the source of the fires, and deemed that there was nothing unusual about the home. A white fog was also seen in the home numerous times, and the strong smell of sulfur was detected. It was discovered that all of the occurrences happened when the family's teenage daughter, was present. It was then determined that the activity was poltergeist in nature. Through research it was discovered that the home was built on top of an old pig farm. When the foundation of the home was dug three graves and a single headstone that dated back to the 1800's were unearthed. The home was deemed unsafe to live in and was demolished. A new home has been built in it's place and to date no activity has been reported. Located on 169th Street in Orland Hills, IL
Oswego-Cherry Road-Back in the 1950's a young lady and man were traveling this stretch of road after attending their high school prom. There is a very sharp turn in the road, and apparently they did not see it in time, and they went off the road and crashed into a tree. The young lady died instantly, but the boy lived for a short time after and then died. People have reported being on this road late in the evening and hearing a loud crash. Some people have claimed they saw the young lady and man walking hand in hand along the side of the road.
Ottawa- "Spook Road"-Along this road people have reported hearing loud screams, and seeing apparitions of people that do not look too friendly...they always disappearing within a few seconds.
Ottawa-Saint Joesph's Health Resort-This spacious resort opened in 1927 and saw it's share of trouble from the KKK to famed Gangster Al Capone. The resort was closed down in 1978, and in 1994 most structures were gutted by fire. It was purchased again in 2004 and divided into parcels, including the Debolt House, where the Fox River Bed ans Breakfast is located. People have reported hearing unexplained footsteps and voices. Numerous apparitions have been seen, including those of the nuns who once maintained this resort, former guests, and some even report encounters with gangsters. The activity has been reported all over the resort, from the abandoned buildings, the wooden paths, and the grotto that Al Capone has been known to have visited. Fox River Bed and Breakfast Located at 3367 E 2072ND Road, Ottawa, IL 61350 Phone (815)431-9257
Ottawa-Wedron-Insane Asylum-People have reported that along the road just outside the asylum, there is a phantom semi that appears to be heading straight into your car, and at the last second it disappears. People that have ventured into the building have reported seeing apparitions, shadowy figures, ectoplasm forming into the forms of elderly people, and objects moving by themselves across the room. There have also been reports of people hearing screams, moans, and footsteps.
Palatine-Browns Chicken-Located at Smith and Route 14 (Shopping Center) -At the front of this shopping center once stood a Browns Chicken & Pasta, this was the site where seven souls where brutally massacred. On January 13, 1993 the police found the bodies of seven employees who were killed execution style. It appeared at the time that the motive was robbery, but in May of 2002 the killers were findly found and the true motive revealed. The killers wanted to know what killing someone was like, but their mistake was bragging to their girlfriends. One of the girlfriends finally told police and the murders were brought to justice. The building stood vacant for over a year, then a dry cleaner moved into the building. The staff and customers reportedly felt cold spots, even on hot summer days.. footsteps and screams were heard as well... the building just had a really bad feel to it... In 1999 the dry cleaner went out of business and the building was torn down...Most of the paranormal activity has seem to stop, but there is the report of white orbs of light being seen in the area, some of the neighbors say they can sometimes hear the sound of faint screams and gunshots. More Info
Palatine-Fremd High School-Swimming Pool-In the 1970's a girl drowned in the deep end of the pool. The girls locker room door opens and closes by it's self. A swim suit has been seen floating in the pool, when people try to retrieve it the water gets ice cold where the suit is, and the suit disappears before it can be retrieved.
Pekin-California Road/Sheridan Road-There are three California Roads that are located in city of Pekin. This one can be found by traveling on Veteran's Parkway and continuing through the light, this will bring you to California which connects Sheridan Road and Broadway. While traveling down this stretch of road at night, people report seeing bright lights in the wooded areas, that seem to be dancing around..then, they will shot off into thin air. People traveling down Sheridan Road have reported seeing a large pocket of ectoplasmic mist. This mist stays for long periods of time and people who have felt it say that it has a cool feeling to it...even in the middle of the summer.
Pekin-Pekin High School-The theater of Pekin High School is reportedly haunted by a former stage manger name "Sid". He loved working in the theater and often would sit on the catwalks and was in charge of the lights during performances. Sid reportedly suffered a fatal heart attack backstage prior to one of the performances. People have reported feeling his presence, some claim to have seen his ghost on the catwalks, and lights have been known to go on and off by themselves.
Peoria-Parkside Tavern-In the 1930's-1950's there were two groups of rival gangsters in downstate Illinois, they were the Shelton Brothers and the Burger Gang. In 1953 the Burger Gang order a hit on a member the Shelton Gang. The Shelton Brother that was the target of the hit was Bernie Shelton, and he was known to frequent the Parkside Tavern on a daily basis. When Bernie came out of the tavern he was gunned down execution style. Many patrons and staff members have reportedly have had encounters with the ghost of Bernie. Bernie has been seen in the tavern on numerous occasions, people have heard footsteps when no one was present, and the location where Bernie regularly sat often experiences a temperature drop of 15-20 degrees.
Peoria-Bradley University-In the theater of Bradley Universe the ghost of a man dressed in a brown suit has been seen by numerous people. Also, the strong odor of cigar smoke and cologne has been reported when the ghost of this man is seen.
Peoria-Peoria Players Theatre-This is one of the oldest theaters in the country. The ghost of a former actor name Normie haunts the theater. During a performance, he suffered a fatal heart attack. He loved the stage and he remains there to this day. People have seen him several times, lights will go off and on by themselves, the toilets have been known to flush themselves, there is a painting of him hanging in the restroom. People have also heard footsteps and a faint voice of a man...but, it is so faint that his words can not be understood.
Peoria-St. Frances Hospital-People have reported seeing the ghosts of two nuns. They have been seen all over the hospital. They seem to be trying to help with patients. Patients have reported seeing and talking to them, but when they ask the staff about the nuns, they find out that the nuns they just encountered where ghosts.
Peoria-Woodruff High School-Legend says that in the parking there once was an outdoor swimming pool. Supposedly a few teen kids climbed the fence and went for a midnight swim. One of the boys did not know how to swim well and drowned. People that drive or walk through the parking lot say that it feels like someone is pulling on there legs, on a few occasions their legs have bruised.
Peoria-Zeller Mental Hospital-A ton of paranormal activity has been reported to have taken place here. Numerous people have reported seeing apparitions, hearing footsteps, screams, and disembodied voices. Phantom cars have been seen driving straight toward the hospital and vanishing in thin air. The sounds of police and ambulance sirens have been heard pulling up to the front doors. This hospital was closed by the state in 2003 and was reopened in 2003 as a community college. The activity has not stopped and seems like it will go on for a long time.
Peru-Peru Washington School-Local legend says that back in the mid 1950's that the school librarian was continually made fun of my the kids. She could not take it anymore and on April 12,1956 she killed three students and then herself. People have reported hearing screams of young children coming from the library, and a few people have said they have seen the ghost of the former librarian.
Petersburg-New Salem-Numerous people have reportedly seen the ghost of Abraham Lincoln walking around at night.
Pontiac-Humiston Woods-There is an Indian Burial ground that remains on this land and is the site of numerous paranormal events. People have seen shadowy figures moving around, balls of light near the creek, and the feeling like someone or something is pulling them down towards the ground.
Port Byron-Cherry Street-On this ground once stood a building that was used for a hospital during WWII and was then converted into a nursing home. There is a strong eerie feeling that overwhelms people that come here. People have reported seeing the ghost of a man wearing a hat walking around these grounds. Even though the building is gone, the paranormal activity continues.
Prairie du Rocher-Fort de Chartes-Prairie Du Rocher-Old Fort De Chartes-The fort was built in 1756 for King Louis XV. On every July 4 that falls on a Friday, since 1889 a ghostly funeral procession forms here between 11pm and 12pm. The procession consists of about forty wagons with thirteen pairs of soldiers on horseback escorting a single casket on a flat wagon. The casket is believed to contain the body of a prominent man who was murdered at the fort and buried with full honors. The procession starts at the site of the old fort and heads towards the cemetery. The next July 4 that falls on a Friday is in 2014. The site if the old fort is located near the Mississippi River, about fifteen miles south of East St. Louis, IL.
Quincy-Madison Grammer School-In the early 1900's,a woman that was living in the home that once stood here was brutally stabbed to death. Her body was dragged from the second floor to a closet that was located underneath the stairs. The woman's killers were never caught. Later residents of the home were unable to remove the bloodstains from the oak floors, no matter how much they tried. The residents also reported hearing what sounds like a dog running up and down the stairs, and opening of a door, and the sound of a body being dragged from upstairs to the downstairs closet. The house was ultimately torn down and the school was built. Teachers and students have seen her ghost and heard her faint screams for help. The school is located on 26th and Madison Street, Quincy,IL 60301
Quincy-The Old Rebel House-A house once stood here and was said to have housed the devil. The man that lived here was very angry and violet..causing people to call him the devil. The house is no longer standing, but people say that they could feel the heavy presence of negative energy here. People have report seeing the man's ghost, and he has chased several people away.
Quincy-Quincy Junior High School-Back in the 1960's a student hung himself in the bathroom after a break-up with his girlfriend. On the anniversary date of his suicide, teachers and staff have reported that they could hear fainting crying and sobbing, then footsteps that go towards the bathroom, and then some mumbling...and finally nothing..
Quincy-Quincy University-Padua Hall-A former student reportedly committed suicide by jumping out of a fourth story window. People have reported hearing footsteps faint whimpering, and have felt cold spots on the fourth floor.
Quincy-Woodland Cemetery-In this cemetery people have reported seeing and hearing a lot of paranormal events. In the front of the mausoleum people have seen children playing and could hear them laughing. When, people approach the children they smile and wave...then disappear into thin air. In the far back corner of the cemetery people have seen bright globules and someone hanging from a tree
Reynolds Township-Reynolds Cemetery-In the back of the cemetery of an infant boy who died after his mother abandoned him. On the light of a full moon people say that if you place your hands on the headstone you can feel his heartbeat and hear him cry.