Haunted Places in Lake Catherine, Illinois



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    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 ruse, ...


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    St. Killian's Catholic Cemetery

    Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

    13.8 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Burlington Cemetery

    Burlington, Wisconsin

    15.4 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    George Stickney House

    Woodstock, Illinois

    16.6 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Karcher Hotel

    Waukegan, Illinois

    17.4 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

    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 ...


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    Hale Farr House

    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    17.4 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

    The 1848 mansion has housed the 'Kenosha Women's Club' since 1923, and according to some is rumoured to have a resident ghost. Members of the club and visitors have reported the sound of a bell ringing, disembodied footsteps and the apparition of a woman in period clothing. (Submitted by Callum ...


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    Kemper Hall

    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    17.6 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Rhode Center for the Arts

    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    17.6 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Woodstock Opera House

    Woodstock, Illinois

    19.7 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    White Cemetery

    Barrington, Illinois

    20.9 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Cuba Road

    Long Grove, Illinois

    21.3 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Lawrence House Bed and Breakfast Inn

    Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

    22.7 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Schweppe Mansion

    Lake Forest, Illinois

    22.7 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Tichigan Lake Inn - What About Linda's

    Waterford, Wisconsin

    23.1 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    DeKoven Center

    Racine, Wisconsin

    23.5 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Cobble Stone Inn

    East Troy, Wisconsin

    25.3 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Fork in the Road

    Mukwonago, Wisconsin

    28.5 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Heaven City Restaurant

    Mukwonago, Wisconsin

    28.9 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Whitnall Park

    Franklin, Wisconsin

    31.4 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    American Flight 191 Crash Site

    Des Plaines, Illinois

    34 miles from Lake Catherine, 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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    Sheraton Gateway Suites

    Rosemont, Illinois

    35.7 miles from Lake Catherine, 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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    Sunrise Park

    Bartlett, Illinois

    35.8 miles from Lake Catherine, 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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    Munger Road

    Bartlett, Illinois

    35.9 miles from Lake Catherine, 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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    Majdecki Piggly Wiggly

    West Allis, Wisconsin

    36.1 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    O'Hare Airport

    Chicago, Illinois

    36.4 miles from Lake Catherine, 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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    Forest Home Cemetery

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    37.2 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Music Administration Building - Northwestern University

    Evanston, Illinois

    37.6 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    John Wayne Gacy House Location

    Chicago, Illinois

    38 miles from Lake Catherine, 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

    38.1 miles from Lake Catherine, 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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    Robinson Woods

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.2 miles from Lake Catherine, 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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    Modjeska Community Theater

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    38.3 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Sunset Playhouse

    Elm Grove, Wisconsin

    38.8 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Wisconsin Lutheran College

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    39 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum

    Brookfield, Wisconsin

    39 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Tabernacle Cemetery

    Waukesha, Wisconsin

    39.5 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

    Whitewater, Wisconsin

    39.6 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Brumder Mansion

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    39.8 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    The Rave - Eagles Club

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    39.8 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Marquette University

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    40 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Arcada Theater

    St. Charles, Illinois

    40.1 miles from Lake Catherine, 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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    Hotel Baker

    St. Charles, Illinois

    40.1 miles from Lake Catherine, 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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    The Pfister Hotel

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    40.4 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Skyscraper Building - Loyola University

    Chicago, Illinois

    41.3 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    St Andrew's Inn

    Chicago, Illinois

    41.6 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Blood’s Point Cemetery

    Belvidere, Illinois

    41.7 miles from Lake Catherine, 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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    Patten House Restaurant

    Geneva, Illinois

    41.9 miles from Lake Catherine, 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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    Deacon West Octagon House

    Pewaukee, Wisconsin

    42.6 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

    Some people believe that the builder of this manor killed his wife. Guests have reported voices and sometimes see apparitions. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Saint Benedict Parish

    Chicago, Illinois

    43 miles from Lake Catherine, 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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    Graceland Cemetery

    Chicago, Illinois

    43.5 miles from Lake Catherine, IL

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


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    Mount Carmel Cemetery

    Hillside, Illinois

    43.8 miles from Lake Catherine, 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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