Haunted Places in Montgomery, Illinois



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    Mount Olivet Cemetery

    Aurora, Illinois

    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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    The Leland Tower

    Aurora, Illinois

    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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    Baymont Inn and Suites

    North Aurora, Illinois

    4.4 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Hotel Baker

    St. Charles, Illinois

    12.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    At this splendid historic hotel, originally built in 1928, an apparent suicide is often given as the reason for some strange phenomena. Moaning sounds come from the sixth floor storage area, which used to be used as housing for employees. Folks say in the 1970s, a hotel chambermaid who was ...

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    Arcada Theater

    St. Charles, Illinois

    12.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Arcada Theatre, built in 1926 by millionaire and Chicago Tribune cartoonist Lester J. Norris, is haunted by disembodied voices that waft from the balcony throughout the rest of the building, a phantom odd odor, and unexplained cold pockets.

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    Benedictine University

    Lisle, Illinois

    13.4 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Munger Road

    Bartlett, Illinois

    17.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Munger Road is reportedly haunted by flashing lights, screams that come from the railroad tracks, and phantom trains. Legend has it that a train once hit a school bus, killing the children on board, and their ghosts linger all over the area. But that's not the only legend told about ...

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    Sunrise Park

    Bartlett, Illinois

    17.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Sunrise Park has many different spirits and hauntings; first, the black dog with a human face, speculated to be a demon by those who have seen it, and next, a murderer from the 1800's who murdered children and scattered their bones around the park; his spirit is still rumored to ...

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    206 N. Broadway

    Joliet, Illinois

    19.4 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Patrick Haley Mansion

    Joliet, Illinois

    19.5 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Rialto Square Theatre

    Joliet, Illinois

    19.7 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Country House

    Clarendon Hills, Illinois

    20.5 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Aux Sable Cemetery

    Morris, Illinois

    21.3 miles from Montgomery, 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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    St. James Cemetery - Monks Castle

    Lemont, Illinois

    21.4 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Maple Lake

    Willow Springs, Illinois

    23.5 miles from Montgomery, 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

    24 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Mount Carmel Cemetery

    Hillside, Illinois

    24.5 miles from Montgomery, IL

    This cemetery is said to be haunted by the ghost of Julia Buccola Petta. One family of visitors claim that, upon noticing their small boy was missing, they retraced their steps to find him hand in hand with a lady in a white gown. When they came closer, she disappeared. Al ...

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    Archer Woods Cemetery

    Willow Springs, Illinois

    25.8 miles from Montgomery, 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

    26.8 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Showmen's Rest

    Forest Park, Illinois

    28.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Showmen's Rest is a section of Woodlawn Cemetery where remains from a 1918 circus-train wreck were buried in a mass grave. Between 60 and 110 employees were killed when another train conductor fell asleep, causing his train to strike the circus train. Many of the victims' names were not known, ...

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    Flapper Ghost of Waldheim Cemetery

    Forest Park, Illinois

    28.6 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The Flapper Ghost is a brunette beauty with a bob and 1920s clothing. She has been seen since the 1930s. Her identity remains a mystery, but throughout history she has been seen in the evenings at dance halls and asked for a ride home. She would direct them to Waldheim ...

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    O'Hare Airport

    Chicago, Illinois

    28.6 miles from Montgomery, IL

    It is reported that spirits still linger from a disaster in 1979, when Flight 191 exploded into flames on the runway, resulting in the deaths of 271 passengers and crew members. According to some sources, flying phantom aircraft also have been seen at O'Hare.

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    American Flight 191 Crash Site

    Des Plaines, Illinois

    28.9 miles from Montgomery, IL

    On May 25, 1979, Flight 191 lost some parts of its engine as it was taking off and flipped on the runway. It exploded into a huge fireball, killing all the crew and passengers aboard and 2 people on the ground. Shortly after, folks reported white lights moving around in ...

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    Cigars and Stripes

    Berwyn, Illinois

    29.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    This bar and lounge is believed to be haunted by a number of spirits. Screams and footsteps are heard in the building when there's no one around. Objects move around by themselves, and at least five people have seen a shadowy apparition moving around the building. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

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    Moline House

    Berwyn, Illinois

    29.5 miles from Montgomery, IL

    This house is a private residence. According to reports, the Moline House is haunted by shadowed spirits who hide objects or move them to places where they don't belong.

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    Sheraton Gateway Suites

    Rosemont, Illinois

    30.1 miles from Montgomery, IL

    There have been several suicides committed by jumping from this 11-story hotel, and a few drug overdose deaths. Perhaps this is the reason guests have seen apparitions in their rooms and have experienced very odd things. One guest came out of the shower to find her clothes strewn about the ...

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    Robinson Woods

    Chicago, Illinois

    30.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The hauntings here can not only be seen and heard, but also smelled. Folks say they have seen shadows, red or white orbs, and an ectoplasm mist that has been caught on camera. Strange sounds and scents of violet and lavender have been witnessed as well; reports say the activity ...

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    Bachelor's Grove Cemetery

    Midlothian, Illinois

    30.5 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Morton College

    Cicero, Illinois

    30.7 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The spirit of Emily, a young girl who was murdered, lingers around this school. The murder took place on nearby Laramie Bridge before the school was built. Security guards have seen Emily on the rooftops at night, and theatergoers have heard her in the theater, especially during violent plays that ...

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    Midlothian Turnpike

    Midlothian, Illinois

    30.7 miles from Montgomery, 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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    St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church

    Cicero, Illinois

    30.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    This is the home of Our Lady of Cicero, a weeping Virgin Mary icon panel. In 1994, during Holy Week, the painting began weeping oil. It was examined by eight orthodox bishops; all determined the tears to be genuine. The Virgin Mary still continues to weep.

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    John Wayne Gacy House Location

    Chicago, Illinois

    31.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    1970s serial killer John Wayne Gacy hid the remains of at least 29 different people in and around his home at 8213 W. Summerdale Avenue. The house was demolished in 1979, but locals were mystified by the fact that the lot remained mostly barren for years thereafter - not ...

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    Firehouse on North Walker Ave

    Chicago, Illinois

    31.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    According to reports, a ghost who is thankful to the firefighters patrols the firehouse, protecting it. Witnesses say they have heard footsteps and seen the firepole covers being opened and closed when everyone is asleep. The firehouse doors also have been known to open themselves almost instantly after the fire ...

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    St Turibius Church

    Chicago, Illinois

    32.2 miles from Montgomery, 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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    White Cemetery

    Barrington, Illinois

    32.5 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Among the phenomena associated with this spot are glowing orbs and mist, a disappearing house and black car, and the sounds of someone walking through leaves. It is said that photographs taken of this cemetery always fail; the photos do not develop or the camera will be lost.

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    St. Mary's Cemetery

    Evergreen Park, Illinois

    32.5 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Evergreen Cemetery

    Evergreen Park, Illinois

    32.9 miles from Montgomery, 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. Rita of Cascia

    Chicago, Illinois

    33.9 miles from Montgomery, 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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    The Givens Castle - Beverly Castle Academy

    Chicago, Illinois

    34.8 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Frank Leavy - Firehouse No. 107

    Chicago, Illinois

    35.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    According to legend, in 1924 Fireman Frank Leavy had a premonition of his death as he rested with his palm against a windowpane. Sure enough, that very day a wall collapsed during a call, and killed him. His palm print remained on the glass, and no cleanser or glass expert ...

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    Cuba Road

    Long Grove, Illinois

    35.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Along Cuba Road, a phantom black car is said to appear near a cemetery or an old house before vanishing away. Trouble is, that house burned down years ago. Also along the road appears a ghost woman carrying a lantern, who flags down motorists and then disappears when they stop ...

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    Congress Theater

    Chicago, Illinois

    36.1 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Congress Theater is said to be haunted by many entities. Witnesses have seen an apparition of a woman and shadow figures and they've heard disembodied footsteps and strange noises.

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    Benton House

    Chicago, Illinois

    36.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The Benton House, circa 1909, may be haunted by “Ma” Benton. Witnesses have seen apparitions and heard slamming doors and footsteps, and someone unseen has been known to put out the fire in the fireplace. The place was featured on an episode of TV's Ghost Hunters.

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    Holmes Death Castle Location

    Chicago, Illinois

    36.5 miles from Montgomery, IL

    A post office now stands on the former site of the Holmes Death Castle, or Murder Castle, built by serial killer H.H. Holmes. He built the hotel to lure in 1893 Chicago World's Fair visitors, then tortured and murdered his guests, including women and children. In this area, witnesses say ...

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    Holy Family Church

    Chicago, Illinois

    36.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    At this old church, one of the few structures that survived the Chicago Fire, parishioners have reported seeing a white apparition.

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    Polish Museum of America

    Chicago, Illinois

    37.2 miles from Montgomery, IL

    This Chicago cultural museum is said to be haunted by the ghost of renowned pianist Ignace Paderewski.

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    Harpo Inc.

    Chicago, Illinois

    37.2 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Oprah Winfrey's headquarters building is said to be haunted by victims of the Eastland Disaster, a 1915 incident in which an overloaded passenger steamer rolled over while still docked, killing over 800 people. The building was an armory at the time, and was used as a makeshift morgue.

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    Jane Addams Hull House

    Chicago, Illinois

    37.3 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Used as a settlement house beginning in the late 19th century, Hull House operated as a place that attempted to influence and improve the lives of the poorer neighbors in the community. The most often repeated story about Hull House (and the inspiration for the story Rosemary's Baby) is that ...

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    Saint Benedict Parish

    Chicago, Illinois

    37.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    This ornate church with German-imported stained-glass and details was the scene of a tragedy when it was built in 1918. A construction worker on a scaffolding fell to his death near the altar. Some have seen the worker's spirit behind the altar's columns or sitting in the front pews. A ...

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    Websters Wine Bar

    Chicago, Illinois

    37.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    It is said that an apparition of a lumberjack has been seen at the second-floor party room, a lingering spirit from the 1901 building's past.


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    Chicago Board Options Exchange

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.1 miles from Montgomery, IL

    A 1979 battle over a trade has resulted in some lingering spirits. The two angry men involved in the conflict decided to step outside, where they fought near the horse statue fountain. One man was hurt so badly that he died before paramedics could help him. Janitors in the building ...

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    The Red Lion Pub

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.3 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Seven distinct ghosts are said to haunt the place, including a scruffy cowboy, a mentally challenged woman who wears too much lavender perfume, and two men who died in a fight. As well as seeing their apparitions, regulars at the pub have heard footsteps and voices, and objects crashing, among ...

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    Biograph Theatre

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.3 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The historic 1914 movie theater outside of which John Dillinger was shot in 1934 is sometimes visited by the ghost of the notorious bank robber, whose apparition can be seen running in the alley behind the building. Today it is still a theater, but houses live productions instead of films.

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    John J. Glessner House

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.3 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The prisonlike 1887 mansion is said to be haunted by its architect, Henry Hobson Richardson. His white apparition has been seen in the bedroom and on the stairs, and cold spots are felt about the mansion.

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    Clark Street Bridge

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The Eastland Disaster occurred nearby in 1915, in which an overloaded passenger steamer Eastland capsized while still tied to the dock, killing over 800 people. It is said that their moans and cries can still be heard around the Clark Street Bridge.

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    Graceland Cemetery

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The spirit of Inez Clark lingers in this old cemetery. She was almost 7 years old when she was fatally struck by lightning at a picnic. There is a life-size statue of her on her gravesite, enclosed in glass. It is said that on rainy nights the statue disappears, and ...

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    Death Alley

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.5 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Death Alley is the alley behind the Oriental Theater, formerly the Iroquois Theater, believed to haunted by ghosts from Iroquois Theater Fire on December 30, 1903. The theater was full of nearly 2,000 people when the fire broke out, thought to be caused from faulty wiring, during a vaudeville show ...

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    Congress Plaza Hotel

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.5 miles from Montgomery, IL

    This is one of those hotels that is so old and has so much history floating around it that there are practically as many ghost stories as there are room. The Al Capone one (where people claim to see him waking the halls) however is one that is certainly ...

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    House of Blues

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.5 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Reports say the site is haunted by the ghost of a little girl who died of an illness. Witnesses have seen and heard her, and in one instance she was found playing with a living boy's toys. She asked the boy to play with her, but when he screamed, she ...

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    Grant Hospital - Lincoln Park Hospital

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.5 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The old Grant Hospital became Lincoln Park Hospital, and then the building closed in 2008, reportedly as a result of the recession. Reports say cold spots, bad feelings, and moaning sounds have been heard and felt in the building.


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    The Dome Room - Excalibur Nightclub

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.6 miles from Montgomery, IL

    This night club is said to be haunted by presences that linger from when it was once used as a makeshift morgue, during the Eastland Disaster in 1915.

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    Adobo Grill

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.7 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The Victorian-style building that houses the Adobo Grill restaurant was erected in 1872 after the Great Fire ravaged the previously standing bakery factory. It is known to be haunted, and especially active when renovations are made to the building. Folks have reported many different incidents of paranormal phenomena, including seeing ...

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    Site of Fort Dearborn

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.7 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The intersection of Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue in Chicago's Loop area was once the site of Fort Dearborn. Road workers there found many buried human skeletons, and since then there have been many sightings of ghostly apparitions of 19th-century settlers in the area. The fort is gone now, but ...

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    SMC Cartage Company - St. Valentine's Day Massacre

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The site of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929, the factory building that stood here was a red brick structure. Inside, seven men were gunned down execution style by Al Capone's men. The building was turned into a 1920s-themed club in 1972. Folks said seven shadowy figures would appear ...

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    Water Tower

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.9 miles from Montgomery, IL

    This 1869 limestone tower, one of the symbols of Old Chicago, was built for use in firefighting. It is said to be haunted by a man who died in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Instead of fleeing, the worker stayed to man the pumps, and it is said that when ...

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    Drake Hotel

    Chicago, Illinois

    39 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The historic Drake Hotel's tenth floor is believed to be haunted by a ghostly woman in red. As legend has it, she was at a New Year's Eve party in 1920 when she caught her husband with another woman, and she flung herself to her death from the tenth-floor window.

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    George Stickney House

    Woodstock, Illinois

    39.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Because of George Stickney's belief in spiritualism, he designed his house with no 90-degree angles inside so that no spirits would be caught in the corners. The Stickneys had 10 children, but only 3 lived to adulthood, and they are said to have regularly conducted seances on the 2nd floor ...

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    St Andrew's Inn

    Chicago, Illinois

    39.6 miles from Montgomery, IL

    According to local legend, former owner Frank Giff died when he fell off a barstool, and his ghost remains there still. Pub patrons have felt unexplained cold drafts and have reported being touched by something they couldn't see. Others have noted that objects in the bar area such as glasses ...

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    Blood’s Point Cemetery

    Belvidere, Illinois

    39.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Blood’s Point Cemetery, named after the area's first white settle, Arthur Blood, is said to be a hot spot for the eerie, such as orbs, a vanishing barn, phantom vehicles and a ghost dog that sports glowing red eyes. To add to the spookiness, the nearby railroad bridge was said ...

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    Skyscraper Building - Loyola University

    Chicago, Illinois

    40 miles from Montgomery, IL

    According to local legend, a Jesuit priest and a nun had an affair long ago. The nun became pregnant and asked the priest to run away with her, but he refused, and she hung herself on the 13th floor. When the priest found her body, he was so distressed that ...


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    Woodstock Opera House

    Woodstock, Illinois

    40.7 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Interestingly enough, reports say that during any performence here, a certain seat in the balcony (DD113) is always left empty for a resident ghost named Elvira. Her spring-loaded chair has been seen folded down when she is attending a performance. She is said to be very beautiful with long blonde ...

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    Music Administration Building - Northwestern University

    Evanston, Illinois

    40.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The second-oldest building on the college campus, the 1874 Music Administration Building is home to Young Cliff, the ghost of a former student and prodigy. Reports say the ghost has been making himself known for several decades.

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    Starved Rock Lodge

    Oglesby, Illinois

    44 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Whihala Beach

    Whiting, Indiana

    44.2 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Some say that at Whihala Beach at night, you can see and hear phantom sailboats and apparitions of folks swimming and playing with innertubes in old-fashioned bathing suits.

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    Manteno State Hospital

    Manteno, Illinois

    44.3 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Schweppe Mansion

    Lake Forest, Illinois

    44.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Schweppe Mansion was built in 1917 as a gift from Mr. and Mrs. John G. Shedd to their daughter Laura as a wedding present for her and her new husband, Charles Schweppe. Tragedy struck in 1941--Charles was found dead in his bedroom after he shot himself. A note on his ...

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    Ax-Man's House - Ax-Man's Bridge

    Crete, Illinois

    45.2 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Legends told by locals say that in the 1970s, a man killed his wife, kids, and two policeman with an ax before hanging their bodies from meat hooks in his shed. When the police found out, he ran from them. The police gave pursuit and shot him in the woods ...

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    Stallbohm-Kaske House

    Munster, Indiana

    45.2 miles from Montgomery, IL

    According to locals, the original inn that stood here burned down on Halloween of 1909. And in 1949, resident Wilhelmina Kaske passed away in a front bedroom, and these incidents may have led to the house's hauntings. Witnesses have reported a figure leaning out of the barn window, a presence ...

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    Ninth Street Pub

    LaSalle, Illinois

    47.7 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Kaskaskia Hotel

    LaSalle, Illinois

    47.7 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Rockford College

    Rockford, Illinois

    50.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Several campus structures seem to be inhabited by haunts. Adams' Arch, the only part left of the original campus, rings with the laughter of young women late at night. The Burpee Building and Talcott Hall are each said to be haunted by men who committed suicide. The Clark Arts Center ...

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    Reeder Road

    Griffith, Indiana

    50.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Local lore about Reeder Road tells of Elizabeth Wilson, a hitchhiking ghost who drowned in a swamp when her car went off the road. Her ghost waits at the roadside for a ride to her former house, but she disappears from cars at Ross Cemetery, where she was buried in ...

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    Moon Point Cemetery - Moon Creek Cemetery

    Streator, Illinois

    51.3 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Massock Mausoleum

    Spring Valley, Illinois

    51.3 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Faust Hotel - Faust Landmark

    Rockford, Illinois

    53.1 miles from Montgomery, IL

    This old hotel was reportedly remodeled into housing for seniors. The basement used to hold a bar and bowling alley, but it hasn't been used since the 1980s. An eerie presence can be felt here, as well as sudden temperature changes and an overwhelming urge to leave the area. The ...

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    P M and L Theatre

    Antioch, Illinois

    53.3 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The PM&L Theatre has--or had--a ghost. Folks reported a ghost girl who turned lights on and off and made strange noises. But a retired longtime theater volunteer, Elmarie Beno, has admitted creating the ghost and perpetuating the rumor for years. Some say there really is a ghost, despite the ruse, ...

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    Tinker Swiss Cottage

    Rockford, Illinois

    53.6 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Tinker Swiss Cottage is said to be haunted. Witnesses and paranormalists have heard humming and other children's voices, believed to be because the site used to be a home for terminally ill children. The spirits of the Tinker family are believed to linger in the place as well. Tinker Swiss ...

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    Coronado Theatre

    Rockford, Illinois

    53.7 miles from Montgomery, IL

    One night, police were called about a ghostly woman in white who appeared in an elevator at a parking garage. Earlier, witnesses had been confused as to why the elevator kept going up and down with no one inside it. But when the white figure showed up in the glass ...

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    Carolina Street Demon House

    Gary, Indiana

    54 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The house was said to be haunted by more than 200 demons. Witnesses have reported levitating children, swarms of flies that mysteriously appear in winter, footprints, and apparitions. The demons were believed to have possessed the three children of the family who lived there, and case workers, priests and police ...

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    Conover Square

    Oregon, Illinois

    54.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Conover Square is a former piano factory, now a shopping mall. Built in the 1890's, it is now the home of many haunted happenings. A little girl's spirit giggles in the hallways & museum, loud crashes boom from the unoccupied third floor, and more than one female ...


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    Lake Prairie Cemetery

    Lowell, Indiana

    54.7 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Apparitions of deceased townspeople, ghostly mists, and orbs all have been reported at this cemetery, especially in the southern half, which is the oldest.

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    Crown Point Sheriff's House and Jail

    Crown Point, Indiana

    55.2 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The Crown Point Sheriff's House was built in 1882, and the jail was added on in 1926. This is the very jail from which John Dillinger made his notorious escape in 1934. He used jail-issued razor blades to carved a gun out of part of a wooden washboard. He used ...

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    Lawrence House Bed and Breakfast Inn

    Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

    57.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Reports say that the inn was once a home where the wealthy would send their mentally disabled children to live. Witnesses have heard the eerie residual sounds of screaming and crying children in several rooms.

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    St. Killian's Catholic Cemetery

    Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

    59.3 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Reported here have been a ghostly priest, a ringing bell, strange noises and footsteps, and mysterious mists. The bell is said to be from a phantom church, which used to stand nearby but was burned down a few decades ago, reports say. Some say the church basement was used for ...

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    Old Porter Road

    Portage, Indiana

    62.6 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The shadowy figures that have been seen along the train tracks by Old Porter Road are a mystery. Some say they are almost doglike, with a tail and glowing yellow eyes. They have been known to run alongside trains and bay into the night.

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    Wolf Mansion - Josephus Wolf House

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    63 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Legend has it that the mansion owner went crazy after slavery was abolished, and in his rage, he killed all of his slaves and their children. Some stories say he even killed his family while he was at it. Then he killed himself. Now, folks say, an unexplained light comes ...

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    Kemper Hall

    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    64.5 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Once known as Durkee Mansion, the 1861 Kemper Hall was home to early settler and Senator Charles Durkee. After being donated to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Durkee Mansion was turned into a girls' boarding school and now operates as a recreation center. Today, folks say the building is haunted by ...

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    Rhode Center for the Arts

    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    64.9 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Rhode Center for the Arts began in 1927, and in its past has been known as the Lake Theater and the Gateway Theater. The home of the community theater group Lakeside Players is haunted, say witnesses who have heard voices and other noises and seen the ghost of a man.

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    Burlington Cemetery

    Burlington, Wisconsin

    66.1 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Visitors at Burlington Public Cemetery have described a feeling of being watched or followed--or even chased--by something unseen.

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    Indiana Dunes State Park

    Chesterton, Indiana

    66.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Around 1915, this area was mostly wilderness, and stories often came from fishermen about a naked woman who would swim in the lake. She was said to be Alice Marble Gray, a hermit who lived along the beach. She was the daughter of a Chicago couple and was cultured and ...

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    Inn at Aberdeen

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    67.2 miles from Montgomery, IL

    A playful haunt at this 1830s-era inn has been known to hide guests' belongings in odd places. For example, one guest's missing lipstick turned up in a shoe. Cold spots and disembodied footsteps also have been reported, and psychic and ghost-hunting teams have determined that there are spirits of a ...

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    Porter County Jail and Sheriff's House

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    68.9 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Porter County Jail and Sheriff's House is rumored to be haunted and has been used at Halloween for a haunted house attraction. Witnesses have described many strange occurrences including orbs of light and objects that turn up missing.

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    Valparaiso University

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    69.9 miles from Montgomery, IL

    At the Alumni Hall at Valparaiso University, two ghost children, age 8 or 9 and wearing jogging pants, are known to run up and down the hallways at about 2 a.m. According to some of the student residents, the ghosts have spoken to them and told them they were playing ...

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    Roff House - The Watseka Wonder

    Watseka, Illinois

    72.8 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Cobble Stone Inn

    East Troy, Wisconsin

    72.9 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Cobble Stone Inn, built in the early 1800s and allegedly once visited by Abraham Lincoln, is the site of a mysterious disappearance. One day, the inn's owners simply vanished, never to be heard from again. Locals say they still haunt the place--their apparitions have been seen all over the premises.

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    Baums Bridge Inn

    Kouts, Indiana

    73 miles from Montgomery, IL

    This inn is reported to be home to a the apparition of a man surrounded by a dim light. He is said to appear around midnight and may be a bit shy: Rumor has it that if you look at him too long, he will become enraged and appear in ...

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    Kirk Denmark Theatre - Rock County Theater

    Janesville, Wisconsin

    73.1 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Empty and dark theaters can be spooky because of their large, echoing spaces, but this one may be more so because it's said to have a ghost. A deceased employee, some say a theater instructor or a director, causes lights to go on and off and doors to open and ...

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    DeKoven Center

    Racine, Wisconsin

    73.2 miles from Montgomery, IL

    There have been reports of a strange ghostly figure being seen in the hallways and in the basement. This may be the ghost of former headmaster James DeKoven, who died of natural causes in the building in the late 19th century. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

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    Vennum House - The Watseka Wonder

    Watseka, Illinois

    73.7 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Tichigan Lake Inn - What About Linda's

    Waterford, Wisconsin

    74.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Formerly the Tichigan Lake Inn and now called What About Linda's?, the restaurant and bar was once a Speakeasy originally built in the 1920s and is known to be haunted by a poltergeist. Glasses fly across the room and crash to the floor, beer taps turn on all at once, ...


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    Oak Hill Cemetery

    Janesville, Wisconsin

    76.1 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Some folks say a ghostly white woman and flickering white lights haunt Oak Hill Cemetery. Others say not so--the white lady is actually a lifelike, spookily illuminated statue, and the white lights are markers to brighten the walkways. So, is Oak Hill Cemetery haunted, or not? You be the judge!

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    Fork in the Road

    Mukwonago, Wisconsin

    78.3 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Once called Inn the Olden Days, the Fork in the Road restaurant used to be a tavern in its early days. This may explain the ghostly footsteps and the sound of pool balls hitting each other and rolling across the floor. Vaporous clouds and voices also have been seen and ...

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    University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

    Whitewater, Wisconsin

    79.1 miles from Montgomery, IL

    There are several spots rumored to cause the hairs on the back of your neck to go up at the University of Wisconsin. One is the Center of the Arts, where apparitions have been spotted, unexplained hammering comes from the metal lab at night and chairs move across the room. ...

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    Heaven City Restaurant

    Mukwonago, Wisconsin

    79.3 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Heaven City Restaurant's supernatural activity is attributed to the fact that it sits on an Native-American burial ground. Apparitions have been seen wandering through the eatery and glasses have fallen and broken after closing time.

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    Memory Gardens

    Rensselaer, Indiana

    80.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Memory Gardens is a cemetery with a haunted statue, locals claim. The saint statue at the back of the graveyard is rumored to move at night, keeping watch on visitors. Some say its head and arms will change position. However, the cemetery is closed after dark and trespassers will be ...

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    Flynn Steakhouse

    Brodhead, Wisconsin

    81 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Flynn Steakhouse, reported to no longer be in operation, was housed in a building from 1868, and had a haunted, unused hotel upstairs. Misty white formations were known to appear, long believed to be the ghost of Mary, a child who passed away here in the 1860s. Among the strange ...

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    Dog Face Bridge

    La Crosse, Indiana

    81.4 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Spooky legends surround this old bridge. The stories involve a honeymooning 1950s couple and a dog that ran out in front of the car, causing them to drive off of the bridge. Reports of many things have been made in the vicinity, including apparitions of bodies, apparitions of a females ...

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    Willow Creek Farm

    Shannon, Illinois

    81.7 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Willow Creek Farm was once the property of William Boardman and his wife Mary, who arrived in New York from England in 1835. Homes for his daughters and their families also were built on the property. It is said to be haunted by former residents and Native Americans; witnesses have ...

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    Saint Joseph's College

    Collegeville, Indiana

    83.3 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Some of the many oddities at St. Joseph's College include a spirit in the chapel, a rumored exorcism at Aquinas Hall and reports of witnesses hearing voices in their heads inside Drexel Hall. Also, Dwenger Hall is rumored to be possessed, and the ghost of a baby is said to ...

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    Whitnall Park

    Franklin, Wisconsin

    84.2 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Rumors about Whitnall Park involve a female apparition with no feet, sometimes holding a ghostly baby, who floats to ward visitors screaming "Go away and leave my baby alone!" Some reports say the ghost doesn't interact with the living, but only floats off into the woods. Yet others say she ...


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    Majdecki Piggly Wiggly

    West Allis, Wisconsin

    88.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Piggly Wiggly, formerly a Sentry grocery, has a ghost who has been heard whistling in the aisles and the back room. It has also been reported that food disappears and toys have been played with at night, and the laughter of invisible children can be heard. Some blame the activity ...

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    Tabernacle Cemetery

    Waukesha, Wisconsin

    89.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The 1842 Tabernacle Cemetery is said to be haunted. The apparition of a man has been seen next to a tree right behind the cemetery sign, and flashes of unexplained light have been seen flashing or shining on visitors. Because of vandalism, the public is not allowed on the property and ...

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    Ludlow Mansion - Idle Hour Farm

    Monroe, Wisconsin

    90 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Once part of the Underground Railroad, the historic house is believed to be haunted by former owner Lady Ludlow. Witnesses have seen her apparition in the back hallway and experienced mysteriously floating objects, cold spots and flickering lights.

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    Forest Home Cemetery

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    90 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The 1850 Forest Home Cemetery, established over a former Indian village and burial ground, is said to be home to many strange happenings. The large graveyard contains more than 110,000 gravesites including many famous names, including beer barons such as Jacob Best and Frederick Pabst of Pabst Brewing Company fame ...

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    Williams Hall

    Normal, Illinois

    90.9 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Atkin-Colby Hall

    Normal, Illinois

    91.1 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Modjeska Community Theater

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    91.1 miles from Montgomery, IL

    In this historic 1924 theater building, some have seen orbs, a white female apparition on the stage, and a mysterious figure called the Balcony Man. balls of light, white lady on the stage and the "balcony man." Some reports say the theater is now closed.

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    Sunset Playhouse

    Elm Grove, Wisconsin

    91.5 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Sunset Playhouse is believed to be haunted by local actor Lester L. Schultz, nicknamed Pinky, who died of a heart attack as he left the stage in 1968. He was a former Marine who had been with the playhouse since 1960. His ghost continues to be accepted and active in ...

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    Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum

    Brookfield, Wisconsin

    91.6 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum was an old stagecoach stop and, later, a farmhouse. The place was moved to its current museum location, and its spirits are said to have moved with it. Witnesses say doors slam on their own, and a dark figure can be seen pacing upstairs. The ghost ...

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    Wisconsin Lutheran College

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    91.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Established in 1973, the Wisconsin Lutheran College is believed to have 6 ghosts. One is an evil presence; another is a group of children who laugh eerily. There are also a singing nun, a mother superior, a janitor and a poltergeist.

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    Kemp Hall - International House

    Bloomington, Illinois

    92 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Brumder Mansion

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    92.6 miles from Montgomery, IL

    This 1910 brick Gothic/Victorian mansion is said to be haunted by several entities, both male and female. Witnesses have experienced apparitions, electronic voice phenomena and odd things showing up in photos. The Blue Room is one that is said to be especially active. Some of the haunts have been identified ...

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    The Rave - Eagles Club

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    92.6 miles from Montgomery, IL

    This music hall and club was originally built in the 1920s as an all-make athletic club. Inside, the ghost of a little girl laughing has been seen and heard, and things have been thrown off the roof by disembodied hands. It is said that in the basement folks experience a ...

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    Marquette University

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    92.9 miles from Montgomery, IL

    There are several spots at Marquette University rumored to be haunted. One is the Helfaer Theater where a deceased artistic director's apparition has been seen and unexplained banging erupts on the catwalks. Another is the Humphrey Hall dorm building, which was once a children's hospital. Ghostly children have been captured ...

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    The Pfister Hotel

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    93.2 miles from Montgomery, IL

    This well-known four-diamond luxury hotel is said to be haunted by former owner Mr. Pfister himself. His ghost is sometimes seen walking in the hallways with his dog.

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    Nashotah House Theological Seminary

    Nashotah, Wisconsin

    93.5 miles from Montgomery, IL

    The ghost at the Nashotah House Theological Seminary is said to have been here since the mid 1700s. So the story goes, the spirit belongs to an acolyte whose wife had an affair with the dean. In order to keep up the adulterous relationship, the woman hanged her husband, and ...

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    Peoria Players Theatre

    Peoria, Illinois

    94.9 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Max Meier's Hartland Inn

    Hartland, Wisconsin

    94.9 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Once a hotel and restaurant, the upstairs rooms are no longer in use. The restaurant is still open, however. At the early 1900s building, staff members have seen the apparition of a little girl in a Victorian sailor outfit in the basement and heard loud screams, which also came from ...

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    La Belle Cemetery

    Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

    95.8 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Legend here surrounds a large statue of a young girl and a cross. It is said that her apparition appears from the statue and drowns itself in Lac La Belle, or that her statue's hands drip blood.

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    Aztalan State Park

    Lake Mills, Wisconsin

    95.9 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Aztalan State Park was created in 1952 on the site of a Mississippian settlement from the 10th to 13th centuries. Around the site's earthen mounds, many strange things are said to have been seen and heard by witnesses. The mounds are believed to be haunted by the spirits of the ...


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    Peoria Public Library

    Peoria, Illinois

    96.5 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Cardinal Stritch University

    Fox Point, Wisconsin

    99.9 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Students like to scare one another with tales about the Cardinal Stritch dorms, where sickly nuns were allegedly housed long ago and one of them is said to still linger. The ghostly nun is said to tear posters off walls, cause objects to fall, and walk or run up and ...

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    Locust Grove Cemetery

    Ambia, Indiana

    101.2 miles from Montgomery, IL

    Phantom sounds of an army cadence and marching are heard at Locust Grove Cemetery. Legend has it that Harrison's ghostly men are re-creating the Battle of Tippecanoe.

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    Peoria State Hospital

    Bartonville, Illinois

    101.6 miles from Montgomery, 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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    Capone's Bar Next Door - The Wonder Bar

    Madison, Wisconsin

    105.5 miles from Montgomery, IL

    It was called The Wonder Bar in the 1920s, and the Bar Next Door has now been renamed to that original name. The establishment is said to be haunted. Built originally by Roger "The Terrible" Touhy. The Touhy brothers' place was a hangout for gangsters, and Eddy Touhy (Roger's brother) ...

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    Harrison Cemetery

    West Lafayette, Indiana

    113.2 miles from Montgomery, IL

    At Harrison Cemetery, visitors have heard crying and moaning and had an eerie feeling that something is watching them. A few have been touched by something unseen or have had things thrown at them by invisible hands. Gravestones are said to move around here as well.

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    Hotel Attica

    Attica, Indiana

    114.5 miles from Montgomery, IL

    A glowing apparition has been seen in several hotel rooms late at night or in the early hours of morning. Guests have reported seeing their closet doors open and close by themselves, as well as hearing ghostly voices and ballroom music. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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