Karcher Hotel

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We went to this beautiful hotel under the permission of the owner. It was built in the 1920s and in the 80s there was a fire that killed and injured many. The most haunted places are the basement, and the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th floors. Along with the studio next store (connected to the building) In the basement videos and pictures of orbs have been caught. On the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th floors voices over a SB-7 have been caught along with strong head aches, and the feeling of dizziness. In the studio we also say a white figure in the window. No doubt this place is haunted.

(Submitted by Zachary W)

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405 Washington St
Waukegan, IL
United States

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42.3595663, -87.83418110000002
Lake County, Illinois
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    • Zachary Wenzel  |  

      I recommend going to the art studio right next store. Evelyn is the owner of the hotel and the art gallery. She’s the person that originally told me about it being haunted, which lead to an investigation.

  1. Atish Banerjee  |  

    Hi – I am putting together a organized tour about abandoned urban places, can we talk and see if this place can be added to our iteniary.

  2. Atish Banerjee  |  

    Hi – I am putting together a organized tour about abandoned urban places, can we talk and see if this place can be added to our iteniary.

  3. A previous owner of the Duck Inn tavern in Wadsworth fell to his death off the top floor fire escape in the 1940s. He was seen hanging from the railing yelling for help by a couple sailors. Bill Ash.

  4. When I returned from the service in 2005, my brother offered me to stay with him there to share a placed where he was staying on the 6th floor. In this building and that was the first place I lived when I came to Waukegan. I did experience weird occasions while living there. one very unforgettable incident was when I her a lot of foot steps running pasted our door Outside in the hallway, when I looked to see what was going on, there was no one out there. As soon as I closed the door, went to sit back on the couch, I heard heard it again, but this time I heard someone screaming fire! I ran to the door to see what fire, but again nothing, not even the smell of smoke. After that episode I decided it was time was me to get some fresh air. I’m a stair walker so I always take the stairs leaving or returning back to the appointment and living on the 6 floor in that building, it was a good exercise for me. As I was walking down the stairs, I heard many people, from a few floors upward rushing down the stairs so I started to run until I made it to the back door, holding it for whoever was running. I waited because I wanted to find out what was going on. Then as I sounded like the noise ended on the floor above. It was again silent. I never heard or read this building history until this very day, but since, my brother and I moved from that building in 2006 and went separate ways, never lived there again. I had different encounters while living there, but that was particular one was a day to remember.

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