Haunted Places in Western Springs, Illinois



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    Country House

    Clarendon Hills, Illinois

    3.2 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Queen of Heaven Cemetery

    Hillside, Illinois

    3.3 miles from Western Springs, IL

    25 victims of the Our Lady of Angels Fire of 1958 were buried here in a mass grave. There is a memorial here for the victims of the fire. People visiting the memorial and the cemetery have reported smelling smoke and feeling a burning sensation of smoke while breathing. ...


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    Mount Carmel Cemetery

    Hillside, Illinois

    4 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Portage Woods

    Lyons, Illinois

    4.9 miles from Western Springs, IL

    These woods are known by locals to be the home of the ancient gnomes. Beware coming here at night, glowing eyes follow you throughout these woods. Heavy sightings are seen on the other side of the river, just over the railway bridge. (Submitted by Juan Z)


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    Grimes Sisters Murder Site

    Burr Ridge, Illinois

    5 miles from Western Springs, IL

    The Grimes sisters were kidnapped and murdered between December of 1956 and January of 1957. Their bodies were found along this part of the road and the murders were never solved. Photographs have been taken around only to have a young woman appear in the photos. Submitted by Chris Berglund


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    Showmen's Rest

    Forest Park, Illinois

    5.1 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Resurrection Mary

    Justice, Illinois

    5.2 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Flapper Ghost of Waldheim Cemetery

    Forest Park, Illinois

    5.5 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Archer Woods Cemetery

    Willow Springs, Illinois

    5.7 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Willowbrook Ballroom

    Willow Springs, Illinois

    5.7 miles from Western Springs, 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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    The Irish Legend

    Willow Springs, Illinois

    5.8 miles from Western Springs, IL

    Formerly a speakeasy, this 1915 building was a popular hangout for gang members, including Al Capone. The place has a very violent history, and is haunted by several spirits. These include a bartender who was allegedly pushed down a flight of stairs by a gangster who took a dislike to ...


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    Cigars and Stripes

    Berwyn, Illinois

    5.8 miles from Western Springs, 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

    6 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Maple Lake

    Willow Springs, Illinois

    6.6 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Morton College

    Cicero, Illinois

    7.1 miles from Western Springs, 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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    St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church

    Cicero, Illinois

    7.5 miles from Western Springs, 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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    St. James Cemetery - Monks Castle

    Lemont, Illinois

    7.9 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Firehouse on North Walker Ave

    Chicago, Illinois

    8.8 miles from Western Springs, 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

    9.1 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Benedictine University

    Lisle, Illinois

    10.2 miles from Western Springs, 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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  • Chicago Ghosts
    Rachel Brooks
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    St. Rita of Cascia

    Chicago, Illinois

    10.9 miles from Western Springs, 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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    St. Mary's Cemetery

    Evergreen Park, Illinois

    11 miles from Western Springs, 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

    11.2 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Robinson Woods

    Chicago, Illinois

    11.2 miles from Western Springs, 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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    O'Hare Airport

    Chicago, Illinois

    11.8 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Frank Leavy - Firehouse No. 107

    Chicago, Illinois

    11.8 miles from Western Springs, 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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    John Wayne Gacy House Location

    Chicago, Illinois

    12 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Bloomingdale Road Bride

    Glendale Heights, Illinois

    12.4 miles from Western Springs, IL

    Under a bridge on Bloomingdale Rd. there is said to be sightings of a teenage girl jumping off the bridge or walking around underneath it. People have also heard crying and screaming. It is said to be that in the 1970's a teenage girl committed suicide by jumping of the ...


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    Benton House

    Chicago, Illinois

    12.8 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Sheraton Gateway Suites

    Rosemont, Illinois

    13 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Congress Theater

    Chicago, Illinois

    13.2 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Holy Family Church

    Chicago, Illinois

    13.3 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Holmes Death Castle Location

    Chicago, Illinois

    13.6 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Camp Falcon

    Western Springs, Illinois

    13.7 miles from Western Springs, IL

    Location is on 143rd street, (Midlothian Turnpike) about about a 1 mile west of Oak Park. Just a mere road across the street from Tinley Creek Woods about half a mile into the woods. It is unknown when the camp grounds were abandoned or why but location has been ...


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    Harpo Inc.

    Chicago, Illinois

    13.7 miles from Western Springs, 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

    13.7 miles from Western Springs, 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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    The Givens Castle - Beverly Castle Academy

    Chicago, Illinois

    13.8 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Polish Museum of America

    Chicago, Illinois

    13.8 miles from Western Springs, IL

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


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    American Flight 191 Crash Site

    Des Plaines, Illinois

    13.9 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Bachelor's Grove Cemetery

    Midlothian, Illinois

    14.1 miles from Western Springs, 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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  • Haunted Aurora
    Diane A. Ladley
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    Midlothian Turnpike

    Midlothian, Illinois

    14.1 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Triple Crown Seafood Restaurant

    Chicago, Illinois

    14.2 miles from Western Springs, IL

    Housed in an old apartment building, this restaurant is rumoured to be haunted by a former resident. A shadowy apparition has been seen lurking near the bathrooms, and dirty dishes left out overnight have been known to clean themselves. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Websters Wine Bar

    Chicago, Illinois

    14.3 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Green Hornet Trolley Disaster Site

    Chicago, Illinois

    14.3 miles from Western Springs, IL

    33 people were burned alive when a trolley collided with a tanker carrying gasoline. It is believed that victims may still be here reliving that fateful day. Submitted by Chris Berglund


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    Chicago Board Options Exchange

    Chicago, Illinois

    14.6 miles from Western Springs, 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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    John J. Glessner House

    Chicago, Illinois

    14.8 miles from Western Springs, 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

    14.9 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Congress Plaza Hotel

    Chicago, Illinois

    14.9 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Saint Benedict Parish

    Chicago, Illinois

    14.9 miles from Western Springs, 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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    Death Alley

    Chicago, Illinois

    14.9 miles from Western Springs, 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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  • Peoria's Haunted Memories
    Stephanie E. McCarthy


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