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Haunt High and Low in Chicago

by Matt B on October 28th, 2008

Chicago may be known for its warm and friendly Midwestern ways, but the city has plenty of spooky tales and creepy locations. Here are just a few that have been featured right here on The Chicago Traveler.

eastland memorial' The site of the Eastland Disaster is marked by a historical plaque, but some visitors to the historic location have reported hearing screams and cries for help coming from the Chicago River. In addition, the old armory building where most of the dead bodies were stored is still in use today. Many of its inhabitants have reported unexplained voices, sounds of crying, and old music. And just where is this noisy, haunted building? It's none other than Harpo Studios, the home of The Oprah Winfrey Show!

' Al Capone was convinced that one of the victims of the St Valentine's Day Massacre haunted him until the day he died. And he's not the only one who has experienced strange activity related to the event. People who bought the bricks as souvenirs from the bullet-riddled wall voluntarily returned them, saying the bricks were cursed. Many of the owners said they experienced illness, bad luck, and financial ruin because of the bricks! Even today, the building is long-gone, but people passing by the area have described sounds of screams and machine guns. Dog-walkers say their animals often bark angrily or whine in fear when near the former crime scene.

red lion pub' While my last visit to the Red Lion Pub didn't result in anything abnormal, plenty of paranormal activity has been reported at this popular Lincoln Park bar. Women have found themselves locked in the bathroom (even though the door has no lock installed), furniture and bar glasses have moved of their own accord, and the strong smell of a former inhabitant's favorite perfume still occasionally wafts through the air.

museum science industry' One of the Museum of Science and Industry's most famous visitors is the ghost of Clarence Darrow, a celebrated lawyer who took part in the famous trial known as the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925. He had lived in the Hyde Park neighborhood surrounding the museum. After his death in 1938, his ashes were scattered over the Jackson Park lagoon. Since then, locals and tourists alike have reported seeing an elderly man in a suit and fedora both inside and outside the museum. The apparition comes into view for just a quick moment before disappearing.

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