Haunted Places in Lake Michigan Beach, Michigan



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    Hawks Head Cemetery - McDowell Cemetery

    South Haven, Michigan

    18.5 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Hawks Head Cemetery is allegedly the burial site for Flora, Al Capone's mistress. Her ghost has been reported, wearing a white gauzy dress. Chimes are said to herald her appearance. A dim red light also has been spotted near the middle driveway.


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    Frost Cemetery

    Dowagiac, Michigan

    18.8 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    If you drive by there is also a head stone that glows green. You can hear giggling from insides the cemetery late at night. And you will sometimes see figures hiding among the stone. (Submitted by Kollin)


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    Beckwith Theatre Company

    Dowagiac, Michigan

    21.1 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Dating back to the 1800s, the theater company is haunted by a young Depression-era girl. Her apparition has in rare cases been seen, sometimes along with whispers or laughter, but more often witnesses will find that their personal objects have been moved or hidden.


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    Olympia Books

    Dowagiac, Michigan

    21.2 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Olympia Books is no longer in operation according to reports, but it is said to have a ghost named Mr. Bock. His name comes from lettering stenciled in the hallway that leads to the apartment upstairs. The ghost has been known to knock books off of shelves or place them ...


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    Anderson Cemetery

    Lawton, Michigan

    26.2 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Anderson Cemetery has a legend that explains a glowing headstone. So the story goes, a man came to the Morris family home and shot the whole family and the maid, then stole a horse. The family was buried here, and on the anniversary of the murder, the headstone is said ...


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    Old Jail Museum

    Allegan, Michigan

    33.9 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    The 1906 Old Jail is said to be haunted by a sheriff's wife. Witnesses have heard footsteps in the sheriff's bedrooms, a mannequin in a display changes clothes by itself, and an apparition has been seen working in the kitchen and dining room areas. Visitors have seen streaks of ...


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    Old Regent Theatre

    Allegan, Michigan

    34 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Old Regent Theatre is said to house a shadowy apparition, spotted in the projection room, and witnesses have described cold spots, the touch of a cold hand, and unseen presences.


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    Felt Mansion

    Holland, Michigan

    34.1 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    The 1928 Felt Mansion is believed to be haunted by ghosts, shadow beings, and doors that open by themselves.


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    Posey Chapel

    Rolling Prairie, Indiana

    34.9 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    According to stories, over 150 years the church burned down and its preacher hanged himself from the tree near the gate. Now, folks say red eyes and a red light are seen here and in the woods. Orbs and the voice of a woman singing to guitar music also have ...


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    Saint Mary's College - Le Mans Hall

    Notre Dame, Indiana

    35.9 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    A scary apparition of a girl hanging from a noose has been witnessed at the Le Mans Hall bell tower. Legend has it that she committed suicide in that very spot years ago. Also, the infirmary on the fourth floor is said to sport blood stains resulting from a girls' ...


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    University of Notre Dame

    Notre Dame, Indiana

    36.6 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    "Win one for the Gipper" is a term that references the University of Notre Dame ghost George Gipp, a legendary Notre Dame footballer. His ghost is reputed to haunt Washington Hall ever since he died from strep throat in December 1920. He manifests as night noises and footsteps, slamming doors, ...


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    Holland Castle

    Holland, Michigan

    37.4 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    The German castle is a private home built in 1890. It is said to be haunted by a girl whose apparition has been seen looking out the tower window. Legend has it that she is pining away over a man she loved.


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    Holiday Inn City Center

    South Bend, Indiana

    38.1 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Pilots and flight attendants staying at this hotel have reported seeing a ghostly flight attendant in the mirror and sitting on the edge of their beds. Rumor has it she was killed by a pilot at the hotel. Now known as the Magnuson Grand Hotel South Bend.


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    Tippecanoe Place

    South Bend, Indiana

    38.1 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Tippecanoe Place is a restaurant within the Studebaker Mansion, once owned by Clement Studebaker of automobile fame. Studebaker's child and nanny were seriously injured when a fire broke out in the nursery and he killed himself not long after. Employees see things moving from the corner of their eye and ...


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    Hacienda Restaurant

    Mishawaka, Indiana

    39.8 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Once a private mansion, Hacienda Mexican Restaurant is rumored to be haunted by apparitions of those who used to live here. Some stories say one apparition belongs to a maid with whom the mansion's owner had an affair. When the maid became pregnant, he shunned her, so she hanged herself ...


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    Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

    Kalamazoo, Michigan

    40.3 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Kalamazoo Civic Theatre is said to be haunted by the ghost they call Thelma Mertz. Reportedly, a theater youth group concocted a story to explain the theater's ghostly presence. They decided Thelma was an actress who was dumped by her lover and, heartbroken, threw herself off the balcony. The ghost's ...


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    Kalamazoo State Theatre

    Kalamazoo, Michigan

    40.5 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    The State Theatre was built in 1927 and has brought many attractions throughout the years, such as silent films, operas, circus acts, plays, ballets, and music shows. Because the theatre had such a variety of shows, there seem to be multiple ghosts that like to haunt the building. The theatre’s staff ...


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    Sam’s Joint Restaurant

    Plainwell, Michigan

    40.9 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Reports say Sam's Joint Restaurant is no longer operating and is up for sale, ghosts included. Witnesses have heard footsteps and disembodied voices talking for hours at a time, and they've seen moving objects and other ghostly phenomena.


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    Ruthmere Mansion

    Elkhart, Indiana

    41.7 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Ruthmere Mansion is rumored to be haunted; witnesses say the ghosts set off alarms and sirens inside the mansion especially on Halloween. Some report the sound of phantom gunshots here as well. It should be noted that employees at the house museum say they have never experienced any hauntings here.


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    Lerner Theatre

    Elkhart, Indiana

    42.3 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Lerner Theatre is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a tech director who had a heart attack and died on the job. Witnesses say lights flicker and strange sounds come from the attic, and a ghostly figure, some say, can be seen in the second-floor box seats when ...


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    Winchester Mansion

    Elkhart, Indiana

    42.5 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    The 1905 Winchester Mansion is home to the ghost of former resident Nellie Knickerbocker, some say. Folks working at the businesses housed in the mansion have noted the attic light coming on by itself, objects falling off shelves, and strange sounds. Reports tell us that when Nellie Knickerbocker was alive, ...


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    Elkheart Civic Theatre

    Bristol, Indiana

    44.7 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    The Elkhart Civic Theatre (aka Bristol Opera House), housed in an 1897 building, is said to be haunted by ghosts who send books and papers flying off shelves, levitate small objects, run sewing machines and project moving shafts of light. Shadows and an apparition of a floating dark-haired woman have ...


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    Potato Creek State Park

    North Liberty, Indiana

    47.3 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Potato Creek State Park has 327 acres of fields, woodlands, prairies and wetlands. It is said to be haunted by ghostly children who have drowned here while swimming or fishing over the years. The plaintive sound of a child crying or calling for its mother has been rumored to come ...


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    Brook Lodge

    Augusta, Michigan

    52.4 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    The Brook Lodge was originally the summer residence of the Upjohn Family (of Upjohn Pharmaceauticals). Dr. Upjohn himself, who died in the Doctor's Cottage, is said to haunt the place. Guests have heard footsteps and strange noises here, and experienced feelings of uneasiness. Reports say that guests who are ...


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    Indiana Dunes State Park

    Chesterton, Indiana

    52.7 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Around 1915, this area was mostly wilderness, and stories often came from fishermen about a naked woman who would swim in the lake. She was said to be Alice Marble Gray, a hermit who lived along the beach. She was the daughter of a Chicago couple and was cultured and ...


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    The Grill Room

    Grand Haven, Michigan

    58.7 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    The upscale Grill Room, in the former 1873 Gildner Hotel, is believed to be haunted by a ghost in a cowboy hat and another of a little girl the staff has nicknamed Emily.


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    Old Porter Road

    Portage, Indiana

    58.9 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    The shadowy figures that have been seen along the train tracks by Old Porter Road are a mystery. Some say they are almost doglike, with a tail and glowing yellow eyes. They have been known to run alongside trains and bay into the night.


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    Kingman Museum

    Battle Creek, Michigan

    59.8 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Kingman Museum of Natural History is located on top of a hill, on the grounds of Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek, Michigan. The building the museum is in, today, was built in 1934 as part of the Battle Creek Public School system to house the school's collections of natural history ...


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    Nunica Cemetery

    Nunica, Michigan

    60.8 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Nunica Cemetery has been around since 1883, and throughout its history there have been many mysterious, and paranormal activity surrounding the Cemetery. The resident spirit who supposedly walks the graveyard, is a Mr. Joel A. Bond. Joel A. Bond has been seen as a intelligent spirit and mostly watches from ...


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    Columbia Court Apartments

    Battle Creek, Michigan

    61.1 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Columbia Court Apartments is said to be haunted by former residents. Witnesses say latched closet doors open, hangers move, lights turn on and off, doors are knocked on, footsteps and whispers are heard, pots and pans are thrown or broken, and yelling has come from empty apartments. In one unit, ...


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    Old LaMar Hotel and Horseshoe Bar Building

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    61.9 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    A tattoo business that moved into the 1891 LaMar Hotel and Horseshoe Bar building reported finding a secret room during remodeling, thought to have been a hiding place for alcohol during the Prohibition. In addition, witnesses reported eerie presences, perfume scents, flickering lights, doors that lock by themselves, footsteps, and ...


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    Wolf Mansion - Josephus Wolf House

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    62.2 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Legend has it that the mansion owner went crazy after slavery was abolished, and in his rage, he killed all of his slaves and their children. Some stories say he even killed his family while he was at it. Then he killed himself. Now, folks say, an unexplained light comes ...


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    Valparaiso University

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    62.6 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    At the Alumni Hall at Valparaiso University, two ghost children, age 8 or 9 and wearing jogging pants, are known to run up and down the hallways at about 2 a.m. According to some of the student residents, the ghosts have spoken to them and told them they were playing ...


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    Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    62.6 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    In the old part of the hotel, which is now reportly the hotel's smoking section, objects have been witnessed moving about by themselves.


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    St. Cecilia Music Center

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    62.6 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Security guards working night shifts in the centre have reported that when the leave a room and return later, that all the chairs will have been moved around. A female voice is heard in the ballroom, and many people have sighted a shadowy apparition rushing across the stage before vanishing. (Submitted ...


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    Porter County Jail and Sheriff's House

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    63.1 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Porter County Jail and Sheriff's House is rumored to be haunted and has been used at Halloween for a haunted house attraction. Witnesses have described many strange occurrences including orbs of light and objects that turn up missing.


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    Aquinas College - Holmdene

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    63.6 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Aquinas College's early-1900s Holmdene Manor was originally built by Edward Lowe and his wife Susan. It's believed to be haunted by one of their children. The little boy allegedly drowned on the premises, and his ghost is said to turn on the lights after security turns them off and locks ...


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    Victorian Villa Bed and Breakfast

    Union City, Michigan

    64 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    This historic bed and breakfast was built in the 1870's as a retirement residence for a notable family. Since its conversion in the 1980's to a bed and breakfast, guests and staff have reported sighting the apparition of a stern lady in an old-fashioned presence, whose presence is often accompanied ...


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    Cornerstone University

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    65.6 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Cornerstone University is haunted by a ghost girl in a 1970s-style dress who has been seen waiting outside Pickett Hall late at night. When the ghost realizes she has been seen, she disappears.


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    Inn at Aberdeen

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    66 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    A playful haunt at this 1830s-era inn has been known to hide guests' belongings in odd places. For example, one guest's missing lipstick turned up in a shoe. Cold spots and disembodied footsteps also have been reported, and psychic and ghost-hunting teams have determined that there are spirits of a ...


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    Knights Inn Grand Rapids

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    66.7 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    Witnesses at this inn have seen apparitions in the hallways and experienced strange happenings with the phones. They've also reported hearing strange voices, and the lights are said to turn on by unseen hands.


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    Skyscraper Building - Loyola University

    Chicago, Illinois

    67.7 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    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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    Carolina Street Demon House

    Gary, Indiana

    67.8 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    The house was said to be haunted by more than 200 demons. Witnesses have reported levitating children, swarms of flies that mysteriously appear in winter, footprints, and apparitions. The demons were believed to have possessed the three children of the family who lived there, and case workers, priests and police ...


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    Thornapple Village Inn Restaurant - Bistro Chloe Elan

    Ada, Michigan

    67.8 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    The former Thornapple Village Inn, now Bistro Chloe Elan, has a ghostly legend attached to it. The story says that an engagement dinner was held here, after which the bride-to-be suddenly died. Her ghost is said to roam the premises, showing up in women's restroom mirrors or tinkering with the ...


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    Drake Hotel

    Chicago, Illinois

    68 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    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 window.


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    St Andrew's Inn

    Chicago, Illinois

    68.1 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    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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    Water Tower

    Chicago, Illinois

    68.1 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    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 ...


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    Music Administration Building - Northwestern University

    Evanston, Illinois

    68.2 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    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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    SMC Cartage Company - St. Valentine's Day Massacre

    Chicago, Illinois

    68.3 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    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 ...


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    Adobo Grill

    Chicago, Illinois

    68.3 miles from Lake Michigan Beach, MI

    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 paranormal phenomena, including seeing ...


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