Haunted Places in Dayton, Illinois



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    Starved Rock Lodge

    Oglesby, Illinois

    11.3 miles from Dayton, IL

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


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    Kaskaskia Hotel

    LaSalle, Illinois

    16.1 miles from Dayton, IL

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


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    Ninth Street Pub

    LaSalle, Illinois

    16.3 miles from Dayton, 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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    Moon Point Cemetery - Moon Creek Cemetery

    Streator, Illinois

    20.7 miles from Dayton, 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

    20.8 miles from Dayton, 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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    Aux Sable Cemetery

    Morris, Illinois

    23.1 miles from Dayton, 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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    Abandoned Train Bridge

    Spring Valley, Illinois

    25.7 miles from Dayton, IL

    Shadow figures have been seen on and around the abandoned bridge that goes over the train tracks in DePue, Il. The sounds of screams, train whistles, and a train stopping have been heard in the location when the train that runs the track is nowhere near the village. Many ...


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    Mount Olivet Cemetery

    Aurora, Illinois

    34.5 miles from Dayton, IL

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


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    Old Rush Copley Memorial

    Aurora, Illinois

    35.1 miles from Dayton, IL

    The Old Rush Copley Hospital was build in 1888 and shutdown in 1996. Paranormal researchers and people that have broken in this hospital have heard footsteps,unexplained voices and even apparitions. In one encounter, a group of teens have seen a doll that might have belong to a young child ...


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    The Leland Tower

    Aurora, Illinois

    35.7 miles from Dayton, IL

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


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  • Haunted Aurora
    Diane A. Ladley
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    Amboy Pharmacy

    Amboy, Illinois

    35.9 miles from Dayton, IL

    This old-fashioned pharmacy is haunted by at least seven spirits, according to a visiting psychic. Dating back to the early 1860's, the main haunting here is by a former pharmacy owner who was displeased by recent renovations. Known as 'Steve', he has been known to knock objects off shelves, ...


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    Baymont Inn and Suites

    North Aurora, Illinois

    37.2 miles from Dayton, 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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    Patrick Haley Mansion

    Joliet, Illinois

    37.6 miles from Dayton, 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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    206 N. Broadway

    Joliet, Illinois

    37.8 miles from Dayton, IL

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


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    Rialto Square Theatre

    Joliet, Illinois

    38.2 miles from Dayton, 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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    Patten House Restaurant

    Geneva, Illinois

    42.8 miles from Dayton, IL

    This historic restaurant dishes up fine southern cuisine, an exquisite range of liquor and a litany of ghost stories. The main spook reported here time and time again is that of a poltergeist that makes itself known on stormy nights. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Hotel Baker

    St. Charles, Illinois

    44.2 miles from Dayton, 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

    44.2 miles from Dayton, 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

    45.2 miles from Dayton, 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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    St. James Cemetery - Monks Castle

    Lemont, Illinois

    49.6 miles from Dayton, 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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    Munger Road

    Bartlett, Illinois

    49.7 miles from Dayton, 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

    50.4 miles from Dayton, 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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    Country House

    Clarendon Hills, Illinois

    51.5 miles from Dayton, 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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    City Tavern

    Kankakee, Illinois

    51.6 miles from Dayton, IL

    Employees and diners at this popular restaurant and bar have reportedly encountered a male spirit. Known as 'David', patrons have had their hair pulled and have been pushed around by unseen hands. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Majestic Theater

    Kankakee, Illinois

    51.7 miles from Dayton, IL

    Dating back to 1912, the historic theater achieved notoriety when the 'Marx Brothers' performed a vaudeville act there in 1916. However, the theatre is also renowned for its ghostly inhabitants, including a ghostly child and Julia Remmington, a former owner. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Conover Square

    Oregon, Illinois

    51.7 miles from Dayton, 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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    Grimes Sisters Murder Site

    Burr Ridge, Illinois

    51.7 miles from Dayton, 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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    Maple Lake

    Willow Springs, Illinois

    52 miles from Dayton, 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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    Manteno State Hospital

    Manteno, Illinois

    52.3 miles from Dayton, 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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    Bloomingdale Road Bride

    Glendale Heights, Illinois

    52.6 miles from Dayton, 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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  • Peoria's Haunted Memories
    Stephanie E. McCarthy
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    The Irish Legend

    Willow Springs, Illinois

    52.8 miles from Dayton, 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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    Willowbrook Ballroom

    Willow Springs, Illinois

    52.8 miles from Dayton, 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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    Camp Falcon

    Dayton, Illinois

    54.7 miles from Dayton, 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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    Blood’s Point Cemetery

    Belvidere, Illinois

    54.7 miles from Dayton, 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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    Archer Woods Cemetery

    Willow Springs, Illinois

    54.8 miles from Dayton, 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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    Bachelor's Grove Cemetery

    Midlothian, Illinois

    55.6 miles from Dayton, IL

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


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    Midlothian Turnpike

    Midlothian, Illinois

    55.9 miles from Dayton, 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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    Queen of Heaven Cemetery

    Hillside, Illinois

    56.2 miles from Dayton, 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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    Resurrection Mary

    Justice, Illinois

    56.2 miles from Dayton, 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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    Mount Carmel Cemetery

    Hillside, Illinois

    56.6 miles from Dayton, 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

    58.8 miles from Dayton, 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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    Showmen's Rest

    Forest Park, Illinois

    59.8 miles from Dayton, 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

    60.2 miles from Dayton, 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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    Cigars and Stripes

    Berwyn, Illinois

    60.2 miles from Dayton, 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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    Maple Tree Inn

    Blue Island, Illinois

    60.5 miles from Dayton, IL

    This Louisiana-style brasserie serves up classic southern fare in a historic former speakeasy dating back to the early 1920's, and is rumoured to be haunted be a former owner. Known as 'Helen', the spirit haunting the place is not pleased with the changes occurring in her former establishment, and ...


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    Moline House

    Berwyn, Illinois

    60.5 miles from Dayton, 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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    St. Mary's Cemetery

    Evergreen Park, Illinois

    60.7 miles from Dayton, 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

    61.2 miles from Dayton, 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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    Morton College

    Cicero, Illinois

    61.3 miles from Dayton, 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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    Williams Hall

    Normal, Illinois

    61.4 miles from Dayton, 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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  • Chicago Ghosts
    Rachel Brooks


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