Most Haunted Places in Illinois

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    EHP Rating: 94.6

    Bachelor's Grove Cemetery

    Midlothian, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 93.8

    McKendree University

    Lebanon, Illinois
    This college has seen its share of tragedy, and the spiritual activity reported here can attest to that. On the main campus, it is said that a distraught student once hung himself in the bell tower, and his ghost has been seen on the upper floors. In the Alumni House, an elderly woman was killed...
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    EHP Rating: 91.7

    Ashmore Estates

    Ashmore, Illinois
    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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    EHP Rating: 90.0

    Massock Mausoleum

    Spring Valley, Illinois
    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 vandals stole a...
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    EHP Rating: 88.9

    Mineral Springs Hotel

    Alton, Illinois
    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 for the...
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    EHP Rating: 88.9

    Mount Carmel Cemetery

    Hillside, Illinois
    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 Capone is also buried...
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    EHP Rating: 88.2

    American Flight 191 Crash Site

    Des Plaines, Illinois
    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 the crash site. Folks who...
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    EHP Rating: 87.5

    Krome Family Cemetery

    Collinsville, Illinois
    A small family cemetery is now hidden amongst the trees just off Old Keebler Road. It is all that remains of the Krome family mansion, which burned down long ago and was for decades considered to be haunted by the locals. Some enterprising explorers found leg shackles in the concrete walls of the...
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    EHP Rating: 87.5

    Clark Street Bridge

    Chicago, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 87.0

    Holmes Death Castle Location

    Chicago, Illinois
    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 phantom...
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    EHP Rating: 85.7

    The Red Lion Pub

    Chicago, Illinois
    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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    EHP Rating: 85.7

    Morton College

    Cicero, Illinois
    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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    EHP Rating: 85.7

    Desoto House Hotel

    Galena, Illinois
    The 1855 DeSoto House Hotel boasts such esteemed former guests as Abraham Lincoln and William Jennings Bryan. It was also the presidential campaign headquarters for Ulysses S. Grant, among others. Although the identity of the ghosts here is unknown, many folks have reported phantom cigar smoke,...
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    EHP Rating: 85.0

    Resurrection Mary

    Justice, Illinois
    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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    EHP Rating: 84.6

    Flapper Ghost of Waldheim Cemetery

    Forest Park, Illinois
    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 Cemetery, saying she lived in...
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    EHP Rating: 83.3

    Willowbrook Ballroom

    Willow Springs, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 83.3

    Showmen's Rest

    Forest Park, Illinois
    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, so...
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    EHP Rating: 83.3

    Three Mile House

    Edwardsville, Illinois
    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 include...
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    EHP Rating: 83.3

    Peoria State Hospital

    Bartonville, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 83.3

    The Harrison Street Inn

    Sullivan, Illinois
    Eyewitnesses report apparitions, footsteps, diesmbodied voices, showers and toilets that work by themselves, and many other strange phenomena at this historic...
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    EHP Rating: 83.3

    Greenwood Cemetery

    Decatur, Illinois
    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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    EHP Rating: 83.3

    Woodstock Opera House

    Woodstock, Illinois
    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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    EHP Rating: 82.4

    Benedictine University

    Lisle, Illinois
    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 the art wing, some...
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    EHP Rating: 82.4

    Crenshaw House

    Junction, Illinois
    This place is closed to the public. It is owned by the state of Illinois and there are numerous No Trespassing signs. You are cautioned not to attempt to visit this place. Crenshaw house was a major player in kidnapping freed and escaped slaves and returning them to slavery in the south. ...
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    EHP Rating: 81.8

    Ruebel Hotel

    Grafton, Illinois
    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 many of the hotel's guests and...
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    EHP Rating: 81.8

    House of Blues

    Chicago, Illinois
    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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    EHP Rating: 81.8

    Blood’s Point Cemetery

    Belvidere, Illinois
    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 to be the setting...
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    EHP Rating: 81.8

    Country House

    Clarendon Hills, Illinois
    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 blocking...
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    EHP Rating: 81.3

    Original Springs Mineral Spa and Hotel

    Okawville, Illinois
    This historic hotel is said to have a great many haunts in residence. Included are a man named Meier, who died in an explosion in the 1880s, and J.W. Schreiner, an owner during the 1890s. At least 7 other spirits of folks who have perished during this hotel's long history are said to reside here....
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    EHP Rating: 81.0

    George Stickney House

    Woodstock, Illinois
    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 to speak...
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    EHP Rating: 81.0

    McPike Mansion

    Alton, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 80.0

    Hotel Baker

    St. Charles, Illinois
    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 left at...
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    EHP Rating: 80.0

    Pemberton Hall - Eastern Illinois University

    Charleston, Illinois
    The ghost of Mary Hawkins, a former dorm mother, is said to be the head haunt...
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    Lincoln Theatre

    Belleville, Illinois
    Lincoln Theatre is believed to be haunted by a prankster ghost. An apparition of a ghostly child has run up and down the stairs, a woman has appeared in the balcony, and tricks are played in the projection booth. Reports say there are seven ghosts who call this theater...
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    EHP Rating: 80.0

    Robinson Woods

    Chicago, Illinois
    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 seems to come from...
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    EHP Rating: 80.0

    206 N. Broadway

    Joliet, Illinois
    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 and killed at 2:30 a.m. during a...
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    EHP Rating: 80.0

    Illinois College

    Jacksonville, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 80.0

    St. Rita of Cascia

    Chicago, Illinois
    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 churchgoers. When they tried to...
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    EHP Rating: 80.0

    Alton Cemetery

    Alton, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 79.0

    The Old Slave House - Crenshaw Mansion

    Junction, Illinois
    Note: This house is no longer a tourist attraction; tours are not operated here now as they have been in the past. Trespassers have been known to be arrested. This residence was once a place where slaves were bred illegally. The attic was made over with stalls to house the slaves. It was also part...
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    EHP Rating: 78.6

    Ninth Street Pub

    LaSalle, Illinois
    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 much too young to remember...
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    EHP Rating: 78.6

    Sheraton Gateway Suites

    Rosemont, Illinois
    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 room....
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    EHP Rating: 77.8

    Dana-Thomas House

    Springfield, Illinois
    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 held...
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    EHP Rating: 77.8

    Eldred House

    Greene County, Illinois
    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 well, and was buried behind...
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    EHP Rating: 77.8

    Firehouse on North Walker Ave

    Chicago, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 77.8

    Manteno State Hospital

    Manteno, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 77.8

    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...
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    EHP Rating: 75.0

    Congress Plaza Hotel

    Chicago, Illinois
    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 not accurate, he never stayed there and he...
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    EHP Rating: 75.0

    Tinker Swiss Cottage

    Rockford, Illinois
    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 Cottage...
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    Milton Schoolhouse

    Alton, Illinois
    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 on a...
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    EHP Rating: 75.0

    Cuba Road

    Long Grove, Illinois
    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 for her. An...
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    Biograph Theatre

    Chicago, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 75.0

    Lincoln Square Theatre

    Decatur, Illinois
    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, and...
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    Graceland Cemetery

    Chicago, Illinois
    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 the apparition of a little girl...
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    EHP Rating: 75.0

    St Turibius Church

    Chicago, Illinois
    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 smelled his cigarette...
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    EHP Rating: 75.0

    Vishnu Springs

    Colchester, Illinois
    Back in the 1880s, the strange-tasting water at Vishnu Springs, named after a Hindu god, was thought to have healing properties. Holiness Camp Meetings of folks who wanted to partake of the magical waters drew 3,000 people to the area, and a town was formed. Witnesses say the area is haunted by...
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    EHP Rating: 72.7

    Roff House - The Watseka Wonder

    Watseka, Illinois
    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 possessed her for 15 weeks was the...
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    EHP Rating: 71.4

    Peoria Public Library

    Peoria, Illinois
    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 curse is said to...
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    EHP Rating: 71.4

    Schweppe Mansion

    Lake Forest, Illinois
    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 dresser said, “I’ve been...
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    EHP Rating: 70.6

    Inn At 835

    Springfield, Illinois
    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 books moving on...
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    EHP Rating: 70.0

    Anderson Cemetery - Cemetery X

    Taylorville, Illinois
    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 Cemetery near...
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    EHP Rating: 70.0

    The Givens Castle - Beverly Castle Academy

    Chicago, Illinois
    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 castle...
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    EHP Rating: 69.2

    First Unitarian Church

    Alton, Illinois
    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 to be...
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    EHP Rating: 68.2

    Cahokia Mounds

    East St. Louis, Illinois
    The Cahokia Mounds, located in the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, were part of an ancient Native American city (circa 600 to 1400). These landmarks are said to be haunted by the spirits of the ancient Native Americans who used to live here. Visitors have reported seeing unexplained shadows and...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Violin Annie - Elmwood Cemetery

    Centralia, Illinois
    Local legend says that Harriet Anne Marshall (Annie) was an accomplished violinist, and the daughter of a wealthy doctor. She became ill and died of diptheria, and at her grave her parents placed a statue of her playing the violin. It is said that cemetery visitors can hear the violin at night,...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    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...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    King Cemetery

    Dieterich, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Faust Hotel - Faust Landmark

    Rockford, Illinois
    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 same presence is...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Super 8 Macomb

    Macomb, Illinois
    This Super 8 has been the site of numerous strange happenings. Witnesses say the lights and air conditioning will turn on and off by themselves, doors will open on their own, and mysterious whistling can be heard. Clerks have experienced electrical malfunctions with the phone, such as all the lines...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Lee-Baker-Hodges House

    Carrollton, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Arcada Theater

    St. Charles, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Jane Addams Hull House

    Chicago, Illinois
    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 of the...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    SMC Cartage Company - St. Valentine's Day Massacre

    Chicago, Illinois
    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 amid...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Kaskaskia Hotel

    LaSalle, Illinois
    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 in the hallways, and the elevator...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Allerton Mansion

    Monticello, Illinois
    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 pictured in some old photos of...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Hundley House Bed and Breakfast

    Carbondale, Illinois
    Although Hundley House has not operated as a B & B since 2011, former guests claim that double homicide that took place there in the 1928's has left its mark, both literally and spiritually. A bullet hole from the murders can still be seen in the back staircase and people claim that the ghosts of...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Congress Theater

    Chicago, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Conover Square

    Oregon, Illinois
    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 visitor has felt an unwelcome...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Harpo Inc.

    Chicago, Illinois
    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...
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    Frank Leavy - Firehouse No. 107

    Chicago, Illinois
    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 could remove it. It...
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    Site of Fort Dearborn

    Chicago, Illinois
    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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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Cigars and Stripes

    Berwyn, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Ridge Cemetery

    Tower Hill, Illinois
    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 who...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Moon Point Cemetery - Moon Creek Cemetery

    Streator, Illinois
    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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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Aux Sable Cemetery

    Morris, Illinois
    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 dimension....
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

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

    Crete, Illinois
    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 near the small bridge. Now, the house is...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church

    Cicero, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Peoria Players Theatre

    Peoria, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 63.6

    John Wayne Gacy House Location

    Chicago, Illinois
    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 even grass or weeds would...
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    EHP Rating: 63.6

    Grant Hospital - Lincoln Park Hospital

    Chicago, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 63.4

    Western Illinois University

    Macomb, Illinois
    Lingering spirits are many at this university! Bayliss Hall, room 1117, is haunted by a former occupant who delivered a baby in secret, threw it down the trash chute, then hung herself in the closet. Cries and moans can be heard in her room. In room 501, a severely depressed student also hung...
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    EHP Rating: 62.5

    Fife Opera House

    Palestine, Illinois
    David Fife built the opera house around 1900 and is rumored to be haunted. The building was also used for two other business of his: a hardware store downstairs and, as Fife was also a licensed embalmer, a funeral home on the second floor behind the auditorium. In 1935, Fife's nephew Harold shot...
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    EHP Rating: 62.5

    Baymont Inn and Suites

    North Aurora, Illinois
    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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    EHP Rating: 62.5

    Vennum House - The Watseka Wonder

    Watseka, Illinois
    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 by...
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    EHP Rating: 62.5

    St. James Cemetery - Monks Castle

    Lemont, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 61.1

    Skyscraper Building - Loyola University

    Chicago, Illinois
    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 he jumped out the window. Although the...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    Rockford College

    Rockford, Illinois
    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 is visited by...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    Lebanon Road - Seven Gates to Hell

    Collinsville, Illinois
    Lebanon Road is the stuff of legends to locals, who have nicknamed the place the Seven Gates to Hell. According to locals, those who drive through all seven bridges, going through the last one at midnight on the dot, will pass through to Hell. The area is said to be guarded by spectral hounds with...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    Ramsey Cemetery

    Effingham, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    White Cemetery

    Barrington, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    Hartford Castle

    Hartford, Illinois
    Hartford Castle was a speakeasy during the Prohibition, but was originally a home called Lakeview, built by French immigrant Benjamin Biszant in 1897. The castlelike home was the scene of a tragedy when Biszant's English wife passed away in the early 1900s. It is her ghost that was suspected to...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    Williams Hall

    Normal, Illinois
    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 prefers to...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    Drake Hotel

    Chicago, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    Music Administration Building - Northwestern University

    Evanston, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 58.8

    Julia Markham - Death Curve

    Cambridge, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 58.3

    Evergreen Cemetery

    Evergreen Park, Illinois
    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 was most active...
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    EHP Rating: 58.3

    The Dome Room - Excalibur Nightclub

    Chicago, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 57.9

    Water Tower

    Chicago, Illinois
    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 the fire got too close, he chose to hang himself...
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    EHP Rating: 57.1

    Avon Theater

    Decatur, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 57.1

    Patrick Haley Mansion

    Joliet, Illinois
    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 the...
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    EHP Rating: 57.1

    Archer Woods Cemetery

    Willow Springs, Illinois
    Legend has it that only those leaving the cemetery can see and hear a white, filmy, hovering spirit of a sobbing...
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    EHP Rating: 57.1

    Holy Family Church

    Chicago, Illinois
    At this old church, one of the few structures that survived the Chicago Fire, parishioners have reported seeing a white...
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    EHP Rating: 55.6

    Cave-in-Rock State Park

    Cave-In-Rock, Illinois
    The ghost story here starts with Samuel Mason, a robber who established a gambling tavern here around 1800. He attracted customers with alchohol, prostitutes and gambling, then robbed and sometimes killed them. Although now the site is known for its natural features, some witnesses have reported...
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    EHP Rating: 55.6

    The Grand Rose Hotel

    Elizabethtown, Illinois
    At this 1812 establishment with a view of the Ohio River, former owner Sarah Rose is said to linger beyond the grave. Her apparition has been seen walking in the second-floor hallways as well as climbing the stairs. Folks also have reported hearing a disembodied female voice and finding that...
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    EHP Rating: 53.9

    St. Mary's Cemetery

    Evergreen Park, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 53.9

    Moline House

    Berwyn, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Rialto Square Theatre

    Joliet, Illinois
    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 and a female...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Lewis and Clark Community College

    Godfrey, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Lindenwood Auditorium

    Belleville, Illinois
    Lindenwood Auditorium at Lindenwood Universitym built in 1924, is said to be haunted by a teacher who passed away before the play she was producing made it to the stage. According to witnesses, the friendly ghost likes to move the props...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Miner's Theatre

    Collinsville, Illinois
    Experts on the Miner's Theatre say it has three ghosts: Two are brothers, one of whom one killed the other to become the sole owner of the theater. The third ghost, a young woman, is friendly but likes to play pranks like hiding the actors' makeup or...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Lawford Theatre

    Havana, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Lincoln College

    Lincoln, Illinois
    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 in the late 1800s. Also, in Olin...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Benton House

    Chicago, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Sunrise Park

    Bartlett, Illinois
    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 continue doing just...
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    Adobo Grill

    Chicago, Illinois
    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...
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    Websters Wine Bar

    Chicago, Illinois
    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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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    St Andrew's Inn

    Chicago, Illinois
    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 and...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Coronado Theatre

    Rockford, Illinois
    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 elevator, located just outside...
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    Atkin-Colby Hall

    Normal, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Munger Road

    Bartlett, Illinois
    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 this area....
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    Southern Illinois University

    Carbondale, Illinois
    Southern Illinois University is reputed to have many haunted buildings; among them are Wheeler Hall, Faner Hall, Anthony Hall, Shryock Auditorium, and Mae Smith Residence Hall. One of the most famous ghosts here is Henry, who haunts the 1918 Shryock Auditorium. Henry, aka former university...
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    EHP Rating: 43.8

    Starved Rock Lodge

    Oglesby, Illinois
    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 noted...
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    EHP Rating: 41.2

    Midlothian Turnpike

    Midlothian, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 40.0

    Devil's Backbone and Bake Oven

    Grand Tower, Illinois
    The Devil's Backbone, a rocky ridge about a half mile long, sits adjacent to the Devil's Bake Oven, a larger rock about 100 feet tall near the river's edge. The formations have been used as landmarks, lookout points and hiding places throughout history. River pirates used it as a hideout in the...
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    EHP Rating: 36.4

    Death Alley

    Chicago, Illinois
    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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    EHP Rating: 34.6

    O'Hare Airport

    Chicago, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 33.3

    Polish Museum of America

    Chicago, Illinois
    This Chicago cultural museum is said to be haunted by the ghost of renowned pianist Ignace...
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    EHP Rating: 33.3

    St. Joe Road Cemetery

    New Albany, Indiana
    An alleged hanging tree at St. Joe Road Cemetery is said to be the root (no pun intended) of the hauntings here. The tree stands in the middle of the cemetery, and rumor has it that looking toward it from the back of the cemetery at night, you can see a large puff of...
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    EHP Rating: 33.3

    Maple Lake

    Willow Springs, Illinois
    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 as he looks for his...
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    EHP Rating: 33.3

    Kemp Hall - International House

    Bloomington, Illinois
    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 University in 1911. Now, Mrs....
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    EHP Rating: 33.3

    Saint Omer Cemetery

    Ashmore, Illinois
    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 townsfolk inscribed her...
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    EHP Rating: 33.3

    Millikin University

    Decatur, Illinois
    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 to insure...
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    EHP Rating: 33.3

    Willow Creek Farm

    Shannon, Illinois
    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 seen apparitions...
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    EHP Rating: 33.3

    P M and L Theatre

    Antioch, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 28.6

    Chicago Board Options Exchange

    Chicago, Illinois
    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 say they can...
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    EHP Rating: 25.0

    John J. Glessner House

    Chicago, Illinois
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 25.0

    Saint Benedict Parish

    Chicago, Illinois
    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 janitor...