Haunted Places in McLean, Illinois



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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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