Haunted Places in McLean, Illinois



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    Lincoln College

    Lincoln, Illinois

    14.8 miles from McLean, IL

    Lincoln College is rumored to have ghosts in the 1866 University Hall, where a face appears in the bell tower and white misty forms appear in the windows. The ghosts, whose footsteps also are heard from time to time, are believed to be a boy and girl who passed away ...

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    Kemp Hall - International House

    Bloomington, Illinois

    15.3 miles from McLean, IL

    Kemp Hall International House, or I-House, is said to be haunted by a ghostly Lady in Red. She is believed to be Mrs. A. E. DeMange, former owner of the mansion. She passed away after living here only a year, in 1908. Mr. DeMange sold it to the Illinois Weslayan ...

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    Atkin-Colby Hall

    Normal, Illinois

    16.1 miles from McLean, IL

    Atkin-Colby Hall at Illinois State University is rumored to be haunted on its 11th floor. One witness claims to have been pushed down the stairs by the ghost. Also described by witnesses are doors opening, whispers, strange noises, and an overwhelming feeling of discomfort and that you are not wanted ...

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    Williams Hall

    Normal, Illinois

    16.4 miles from McLean, IL

    Illinois State University's Williams Hall was the site of the university's first library, and is thought to be haunted by the spirit of the first librarian, Angie Milner. Even though a new library was eventually built in her name, and the old one was turned into Williams Hall, the ghost ...

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    Millikin University

    Decatur, Illinois

    34.2 miles from McLean, IL

    Many ghosts are said to haunt the historic Millikin University, including Rail Girl, who haunts the Albert Taylor Theater. Her ghost appears, as her name suggests, along a rail in the upper part of the theater. Students have a tradition of leaving her three pieces of candy before a show ...

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    Avon Theater

    Decatur, Illinois

    34.4 miles from McLean, IL

    Staff members at this theater report disembodied laughter, footsteps, missing objects, and voices and applause that come from the auditorium when it is empty. The apparition of a man in his 50s or 60s also has been seen.

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    Peoria Public Library

    Peoria, Illinois

    34.4 miles from McLean, IL

    Peoria Public Library, according to local lore, was built upon cursed ground. So the story goes, Mrs. Andrew Gray lived in a house here around 1830. Family and financial hardships led to a foreclosure on her home, and Mrs. Gray cursed the property and all of its future owners. Her ...

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    Lincoln Square Theatre

    Decatur, Illinois

    34.5 miles from McLean, IL

    This historic 1916 theater building was built atop the fire-ravaged Priest Hotel that once stood here. It is said that the ghosts of the fire victims still linger in the theater. Red, a former theater worker, is a friendly ghost here. Witnesses have heard his whispers, seen his shadowy form, ...

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    Peoria State Hospital

    Bartonville, Illinois

    34.8 miles from McLean, IL

    This abandoned mental hospital, now in the planning stages for restoration, is said to be haunted by Manuel A. Bookbinder, or Old Book. Old Book was a patient who worked with the burial crew at the hospital until his own death.

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    Greenwood Cemetery

    Decatur, Illinois

    35 miles from McLean, IL

    This large and very actively haunted cemetery is known for the ghostly weeping Greenwood Bride, and it's also home to many Confederate soldiers' spirits. The soldiers were prisoners in the Civil War, and died of yellow fever only to be cast into unmarked graves. The soldiers have been known to ...


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    Allerton Mansion

    Monticello, Illinois

    35 miles from McLean, IL

    The Robert Allerton Park, with its 1900 Georgian Revival mansion and incredible gardens, are both open to the public. Here visitors may see some ghostly goings-on in the form of a Lady in White, believed to be a guest at the mansion long ago. It is said that she is ...

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    Peoria Players Theatre

    Peoria, Illinois

    37.5 miles from McLean, IL

    Peoria Players Theatre is said to be haunted by a playful ghost named Norman, a former theater director who died in 1960 at age 34, and a more sinister entity whose identity is unknown.

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    Dana-Thomas House

    Springfield, Illinois

    44.1 miles from McLean, IL

    Witnesses who visit or work at the historic house have reported humming voices, chairs being thrown down the stairs, curtains that move by themselves, and an apparition of a woman in black. The woman is believed to be the home’s original owner, Susan Lawrence Dana, who is rumored to have ...

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    Inn At 835

    Springfield, Illinois

    44.2 miles from McLean, IL

    This inn was originally built in 1909 as a private home. As to the identity of the haunt who resides here, very little is known. Guests have witnessed apparitions and heard voices coming from rooms that are vacant, and the elevator runs by itself. Also, some people here have seen ...

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    Lawford Theatre

    Havana, Illinois

    47.1 miles from McLean, IL

    Folks who have visited or worked at the Lawford Theatre have seen faces appear in photographs and have felt cold chills behind the curtains on opening nights.

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    East Otto Cemetery

    Lewistown, Illinois

    54.6 miles from McLean, IL

    Local legend has it that the specters of two headless women can be seen at this cemetery late at night, screaming as they're being chased by an axe-wielding maniac. No word on exactly how a headless woman is supposed to be able to scream, but you know, details, details...

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    Moon Point Cemetery - Moon Creek Cemetery

    Streator, Illinois

    56.1 miles from McLean, IL

    Moon Point Cemetery, aka Moon's Point Cemetery or Moon Creek Cemetery, is older than the Civil War and legendary with those who like to tell ghost stories. It was thought to have begun as a family cemetery for early settlers Jacob Moon and his family. The cemetery's most-talked-about ghost is ...

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    The Harrison Street Inn

    Sullivan, Illinois

    57.7 miles from McLean, IL

    Eyewitnesses report apparitions, footsteps, diesmbodied voices, showers and toilets that work by themselves, and many other strange phenomena at this historic inn.

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    Anderson Cemetery - Cemetery X

    Taylorville, Illinois

    57.8 miles from McLean, IL

    According to tales told about this cemetery, there is a secret passage that opens up at night, when trees part and a path appears to an ancient graveyard. It's said to be protected by a phantom wolf who chases trespassers. (The cemetery is not to be confused with another Anderson ...

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    Illinois College

    Jacksonville, Illinois

    69.8 miles from McLean, IL

    Illinois College, founded in 1829, is rumored to have several haunted buildings. Among them are Sturtevant Hall and Beecher Hall, where folks have reported apparitions, footsteps, and other noises. Beecher Hall, according to campus talk, was formerly a medical building and the top floor was a space for storing cadavers. ...


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    Starved Rock Lodge

    Oglesby, Illinois

    70 miles from McLean, IL

    At this circa 1900 historic lodge, folks say, reside the ghosts of Native Americans who once fought a battle nearby. Guests have reported seeing a black apparition and strange orbs of light, and they have felt cold spots and experienced doors that open and close by themselves. It should be ...

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    Kaskaskia Hotel

    LaSalle, Illinois

    70.2 miles from McLean, IL

    This historic hotel opened in 1916. Locals tell a story of a young woman who committed suicide by jumping from the top floor in the 1920s, but some will tell you she was pushed by her boyfriend. It is said that employees there would hear the click of her heels ...

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    Ninth Street Pub

    LaSalle, Illinois

    70.7 miles from McLean, IL

    According to local tales, the Ninth Street Pub's ghost is Mrs. Sonnenburg, an elderly woman who lived adjacent to the pub and often complained about its noise. After her death, the owner of the pub purchased her home and made it into a pub addition. A staff member who was ...

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    Massock Mausoleum

    Spring Valley, Illinois

    70.8 miles from McLean, IL

    The Massock Mausoleum stands in a small graveyard called the Lithuanian Liberty Cemetery, and it's the stuff of legends. Locals tell of a Hatchet Man, a scary ghost who guards the cemetery, and the mausoleum door is said to remain warm and has been sealed closed since the 1960s when ...

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    Ridge Cemetery

    Tower Hill, Illinois

    71.2 miles from McLean, IL

    Ridge Cemetery at Williamsburg Hill is said to be visited by apparitions, eerie lights and a disappearing old man. Phantom crowds and horses also have been seen and heard around the area. Rumors of sinister cult activity surround this place as well, and one report tells of a 3-year-old girl ...

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    Pemberton Hall - Eastern Illinois University

    Charleston, Illinois

    77.9 miles from McLean, IL

    The ghost of Mary Hawkins, a former dorm mother, is said to be the head haunt here.

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    Saint Omer Cemetery

    Ashmore, Illinois

    79.3 miles from McLean, IL

    At Saint Omer Cemetery, legend has it that there is a witch's grave. According to the story, Caroline Barnes was hanged by the townspeople for witchcraft. As she went, she cursed the town and vowed to come back for revenge on the anniversary of her death. To trick her, the ...

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    Ashmore Estates

    Ashmore, Illinois

    80.4 miles from McLean, IL

    Reportedly a former almshouse, this building was purchased for use as a haunted attraction. It was reportedly haunted by many ghosts, including Elva SKinner, a woman who died in a fire in the former almshouse. The house has been featured in several books and TV shows including Ghost Hunters and ...

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    Vennum House - The Watseka Wonder

    Watseka, Illinois

    81.9 miles from McLean, IL

    The Vennum House was the home of Lurancy Vennum, a teenaged epilectic girl who was said to have been possessed in the incident known as the Watseka Wonder. The story of the late-19th-century possession was related in the 2009 film "The Possessed." The house may be open for ghost tours ...

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    Roff House - The Watseka Wonder

    Watseka, Illinois

    82.2 miles from McLean, IL

    The Roff House was one of the two houses in which the Watseka Wonder took place. The Watseka Wonder was a spiritual possession said to have happened in the late 19th century to an epileptic girl named Lurancy Vennum, who was 14 at the time. One of the spirits who ...

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    Ramsey Cemetery

    Effingham, Illinois

    83 miles from McLean, IL

    Ramsey Cemetery, established in 1851 with the burial of namesake Alexander Ramsey, is also known as Casbar Cemetery and is a nighttime teen hangout. Besides the graves, rock shelters and sandstone caves are nearby, covered with carvings from its many visitors. A young man committed suicide inside a chapel that ...

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    Julia Markham - Death Curve

    Cambridge, Illinois

    87.1 miles from McLean, IL

    Locals say that a woman wearing a white flowing gown glides across the field on quiet nights. It is said she is the spirit of Julia Markham, who in 1905 killed her 7 children with an ax and then set her house on fire, killing herself.

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    Aux Sable Cemetery

    Morris, Illinois

    87.7 miles from McLean, IL

    Aux Sable Cemetery is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a mischievous young girl who has been known to play pranks, such as lowering electrical car windows when the key is not even in the ignition. The site is also said to be a portal from a ghostly ...

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    Manteno State Hospital

    Manteno, Illinois

    95.5 miles from McLean, IL

    The 1930s Manteno State Hospital suffered a typhoid fever epidemic in 1939, and more than 50 patients and staff members died. The hospital eventually was renamed the Manteno Mental Health Center; it ceased operations in 1985 and the complex became business rentals, a bank, part of the Illinois Diversatech Campus ...

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    Lee-Baker-Hodges House

    Carrollton, Illinois

    96 miles from McLean, IL

    Built in the early 1830s, the historic mansion fell into disrepair in the 1970s and was saved by preservationists. It is sometimes open to the public for pre-scheduled nighttime paranormal investigation and history tours. A ghost child is said to reside in one of the bedrooms, and another child's ghost ...

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    King Cemetery

    Dieterich, Illinois

    97.4 miles from McLean, IL

    There are vague reports online about orbs and shadow people being seen here. This cemetery is on private property, so be sure to secure the proper permissions before even thinking about visiting.

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    Patrick Haley Mansion

    Joliet, Illinois

    100.7 miles from McLean, IL

    Egyptologist and architect Frank Shaver Allen built this mansion that's been popular with ghost hunters since the '70s. Among the spirits believed to be active here are the architect himself as well as a little boy, an older woman who died on the premises, and a nanny. Perhaps adding to ...

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    Eldred House

    McLean, Illinois

    100.9 miles from McLean, IL

    The 23-room James J. Eldred House was completed in 1861, and was the setting for some sad events. All three Eldred daughters died of tuberculosis here: Alma, 4, in 1861; Alice, 17, in 1870; and Eva, 17, in 1876. A traveling salesman is said to have passed away here as ...

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    206 N. Broadway

    Joliet, Illinois

    101 miles from McLean, IL

    Built in 1882, the Victorian house at 206 N. Broadway St. was originally a private residence, but was a school and a boardinghouse for women until the 1970s when it again became a private home. It is said to be haunted by the ghost of a 19-year-old who was shot ...

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    Rialto Square Theatre

    Joliet, Illinois

    101.2 miles from McLean, IL

    The Rialto Square Theatre was built as a movie palace and vaudeville venue in 1926. Today, it is said to be haunted by a woman believed to be a former actress. Employees, construction workers and visitors have seen the female form floating throughout the theater. There are also a male ...


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    Mount Olivet Cemetery

    Aurora, Illinois

    107.8 miles from McLean, IL

    This cemetery dates back to the 1850s, and has a very specific type of haunting. It is said on numerous Internet sites that spectral ghosts wearing 1950s attire are seen throughout the cemetery, only to disappear on second glance.

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    Three Mile House

    Edwardsville, Illinois

    108.5 miles from McLean, IL

    At this site once stood an inn that was haunted by ghosts of various children and adults, including slaves. The old inn may once have been a stop on the Underground Railroad. It is said that during 1970s renovations, underground tunnels and a skeleton were found. Phenomena that then began ...

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    Lewis and Clark Community College

    Godfrey, Illinois

    108.8 miles from McLean, IL

    This school's library is reportedly haunted by the ghost of a person who committed suicide by hanging. It's also reported that teachers who have passed away linger here in spirit form, especially walking the hallways in the main building.

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    Central Avenue Ghost

    Bettendorf, Iowa

    109 miles from McLean, IL

    The spirit of a middle-aged washerwoman haunts the area with her wooden washtub. She has been reported since the late 1800s, but some say she upgraded her equipment and sometimes appears with a double-wringer washing machine.

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    The Leland Tower

    Aurora, Illinois

    109.2 miles from McLean, IL

    This 21-story building, the tallest in Aurora, has been the means for several jumping suicides. Evidence that the building is haunted includes reports of bad odors and moaning sounds that come from the elevators.

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    Milton Schoolhouse

    Alton, Illinois

    110.6 miles from McLean, IL

    The historic Milton School, built in 1904, operated until 1986 and then stood abandoned until the early 1990s when it re-opened as a decorative glass factory. It's believed to be haunted by a schoolgirl nicknamed Mary who was raped and murdered at the school when she stayed late to work ...

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    Hotel Blackhawk

    Davenport, Iowa

    111 miles from McLean, IL

    This place has undergone extensive renovation since almost burning down in a fire started by a meth lab operating out of the eighth floor in 2006. Could meth fumes, seeping through the walls account for the reports of ghosts? Cary Grant suffered his fatal stroke on the eighth floor ...

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    Baymont Inn and Suites

    North Aurora, Illinois

    111.2 miles from McLean, IL

    Claims of a white moving "light" have been seen in the lobby as well as some visitors reporting feeling like they are being choked.

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    Scott City Hall

    Davenport, Iowa

    111.2 miles from McLean, IL

    An imposing building with a bell tower just begs to have a good ghost story associated with it, and this city hall building is no exception. People claim to see the ghost of a hanged man in the tower at night, allegedly from prisoners who were illegally hanged there. ...

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    McPike Mansion

    Alton, Illinois

    111.3 miles from McLean, IL

    This 1869 mansion is the site of many strange happenings. It has been seen on the TV show Scariest Places on Earth. Apparitions have been seen in the hallways, and children's laughter has been heard.

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    Masonic Temple

    Davenport, Iowa

    111.3 miles from McLean, IL

    A wide assortment of haunted activity is claimed to occur at this former masonic temple. These phenomena include disembodied voices carrying on a conversation, noises without a recognizable source such as footsteps when there is no one seen, names being called when there is no one present, etc. Objects ...

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    Phi Kappa Chi

    Davenport, Iowa

    111.4 miles from McLean, IL

    This fraternity house has a haunt of its own, the apparition of a large man who enters at the front door and walks up the stairs to the front bedroom. He wears an overcoat with the collar turned up. Student lore says that the apparition belongs to a homeless man ...

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    Palmer College of Chiropractic

    Davenport, Iowa

    111.5 miles from McLean, IL

    There is a lecture hall, built in the 1800s, that is said to be haunted by ghosts who fly around the ceiling, making the hanging lamps sway. It is said that there are no air vents, fans, or windows of any sort placed in such a way that would cause ...

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    Alton Cemetery

    Alton, Illinois

    111.8 miles from McLean, IL

    Alton Cemetery is said to be haunted by several ghosts. One is a 9-year-old named Lucy Haskell, seen in the vicinity of the Hayner/Haskell monument. Another is a spectral woman in black near the Grandview mausoleum, and a third is minister and publisher Elijah P. Lovejoy. An abolitionist, Lovejoy was ...

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    Ambrose Hall

    Davenport, Iowa

    112.2 miles from McLean, IL

    At this hall in St. Ambrose University, witnesses have reported hearing strange noises and footsteps late at night. They have also seen flickering lights. Some attribute the occurrences to the spirit of an old priest who died many years ago.

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    First Unitarian Church

    Alton, Illinois

    112.2 miles from McLean, IL

    Founded in 1836, the First Unitarian Church's original structure here was built on the site of the St. Matthew's Catholic Church, which had burned down. Both churches were stations on the Underground Railroad. But that church also burned down in 1905, a the church that now stands here is said ...

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    Mineral Springs Hotel

    Alton, Illinois

    112.2 miles from McLean, IL

    Several spirits are said to live at this historic hotel, now open for haunted tours. Among the ghosts are The Jasmine Lady, identified by the whiff of her floral perfume; George, who may have been drowned in the hotel swimming pool around the 1920s; The Drunken Ghost, the artist responsible ...

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    Ruebel Hotel

    Grafton, Illinois

    114.6 miles from McLean, IL

    When this 1884 hotel opened, rooms cost $1 a day. Although they cost a bit more now, they may come with a friendly haunt: A little girl named Abigail is said to reside here. Her apparition has been seen in the upstairs hallway, and reports say she has talked with ...

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    St. James Cemetery - Monks Castle

    Lemont, Illinois

    115.4 miles from McLean, IL

    Ghosts here include several robed monks who patrol the grounds, chanting in Latin, and a phantom horse and carriage presumed to date back to 1897. A wildly dancing woman in white has also been seen.

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    Benedictine University

    Lisle, Illinois

    115.6 miles from McLean, IL

    This university has more than its share of haunts, including a little boy ghost in a blue t-shirt and shorts who wanders around campus, and disappears. Reports say Benedictine Hall was closed because it was so haunted. Its 4th floor was said to be haunted by a clergyman, and in ...


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    Bachelor's Grove Cemetery

    Midlothian, Illinois

    116.6 miles from McLean, IL

    Beginning in the 1970s, visitors here have seen orbs, apparitions, phantom vehicles, and even a floating, shrinking, and vanishing phantom farmhouse. A mysterious black dog and figures in monks' robes also have been seen. Investigations by ghost researchers have turned up ghostly images and electronic voice phenomena.

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    Fort Belle Fontaine

    St. Louis, Missouri

    116.8 miles from McLean, IL

    The historic Fort Belle Fontaine, famously visited by explorers Lewis and Clark, is said to be home to a presence that appears as dark-red smoke or a red light on the stairs.

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    Midlothian Turnpike

    Midlothian, Illinois

    116.9 miles from McLean, IL

    Drivers on the turnpike have reported phantom cars and trucks that appear suddenly, causing the drivers to swerve. Phantom gang activity also has been seen, involving car chases full of gangsters shooting at each other with tommy guns. Some drivers have collided with the ghostly vehicles, even hearing shattered glass ...

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    Maple Lake

    Willow Springs, Illinois

    117.5 miles from McLean, IL

    The ghost light at Maple Lake is, according to local legend, a reddish-yellow orb that appears over the lake and floats into the woods on the other side. It is believed to be the spirit of a man who was decapitated nearby in an accident; the light is his lantern ...

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    Willowbrook Ballroom

    Willow Springs, Illinois

    118.5 miles from McLean, IL

    The 1921 Willowbrook Ballroom, formerly called the Oh Henry Ballroom, is a dance venue and banquet facility and is believed to be the last place famed Chicago hitchhiker ghost Resurrection Mary danced before she died. Her ghost is said to appear here and sometimes dance with ballroom patrons. Another interesting note: ...

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    Country House

    Clarendon Hills, Illinois

    119.9 miles from McLean, IL

    The haunting here, which has been profiled on many TV shows and newspaper articles, is a young woman who appeared to have committed suicide by running her car into a tree. Her ghostly figure has been seen walking through the dining room, beckoning customers from an upstairs window and even ...

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    Archer Woods Cemetery

    Willow Springs, Illinois

    120.2 miles from McLean, IL

    Legend has it that only those leaving the cemetery can see and hear a white, filmy, hovering spirit of a sobbing woman.

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    Resurrection Mary

    Justice, Illinois

    121.8 miles from McLean, IL

    Resurrection Mary, according to popular local legend, was a pretty young girl who was killed in a hit-and-run accident while walking along Archer Avenue. She had just left the Oh Henry Ballroom after a fight with her boyfriend. The driver left Mary to die. Her grief-stricken parents buried her in ...

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    St. Mary's Cemetery

    Evergreen Park, Illinois

    123.8 miles from McLean, IL

    The cemetery and surrounding areas have seen a lot of violent deaths, but despite that, not a lot of ghostly phenomena have been reported or known here. However, drivers past the cemetery late at night have seen a man leaning against the fence and looking at them as they passed.

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    The Givens Castle - Beverly Castle Academy

    Chicago, Illinois

    123.9 miles from McLean, IL

    The 1886 limestone-towered castle built by real estate promoter and novelist Robert G. Givens is said to be haunted by his Irish wife, who passed away before she could come to America to live in her castle. Witnesses say her apparition has been seen walking up the hill to the ...


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    Evergreen Cemetery

    Evergreen Park, Illinois

    124.3 miles from McLean, IL

    The phantom hitchhiker in this ghost story is a teenaged girl who looks for a ride to Evergreen Park, where she vanishes from the vehicle. Legends say her body is buried in Evergreen Cemetery within the park, but her identity or the reason for her restlessness is unknown. This ghost ...

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    St Turibius Church

    Chicago, Illinois

    126.7 miles from McLean, IL

    At this old Roman Catholic church, the ghost of a priest named Father Joe Lechert lingers. It is said that after a church reorganization he was let go, and as a result, he died of a broken heart. Parishioners and altar boys say they have seen his ghostly figure and ...

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    St. Rita of Cascia

    Chicago, Illinois

    127.2 miles from McLean, IL

    This site is known for a harrowing experience said to have happened on All Souls Day (November 2) in the 1960s. Reports say a small gathering of parishioners witnessed the organ begin to play by itself as 6 robed monks, 3 in red and 3 in white, advanced toward the ...


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