Haunted Places in Manteno, Illinois



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    Manteno State Hospital

    Manteno, Illinois

    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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    Majestic Theater

    Kankakee, Illinois

    9.1 miles from Manteno, 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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    City Tavern

    Kankakee, Illinois

    9.4 miles from Manteno, 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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    Lake Prairie Cemetery

    Lowell, Indiana

    19 miles from Manteno, IL

    Apparitions of deceased townspeople, ghostly mists, and orbs all have been reported at this cemetery, especially in the southern half, which is the oldest.


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    Ax-Man's House - Ax-Man's Bridge

    Crete, Illinois

    19.9 miles from Manteno, IL

    Legends told by locals say that in the 1970s, a man killed his wife, kids, and two policeman with an ax before hanging their bodies from meat hooks in his shed. When the police found out, he ran from them. The police gave pursuit and shot him in the woods ...


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    Rialto Square Theatre

    Joliet, Illinois

    23 miles from Manteno, 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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    Patrick Haley Mansion

    Joliet, Illinois

    23.1 miles from Manteno, 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

    23.3 miles from Manteno, 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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    Camp Falcon

    Manteno, Illinois

    26.3 miles from Manteno, 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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    Bachelor's Grove Cemetery

    Midlothian, Illinois

    26.5 miles from Manteno, 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

    26.6 miles from Manteno, 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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    Crown Point Sheriff's House and Jail

    Crown Point, Indiana

    26.8 miles from Manteno, IL

    The Crown Point Sheriff's House was built in 1882, and the jail was added on in 1926. This is the very jail from which John Dillinger made his notorious escape in 1934. He used jail-issued razor blades to carved a gun out of part of a wooden washboard. He used ...


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    Stallbohm-Kaske House

    Munster, Indiana

    27.4 miles from Manteno, IL

    According to locals, the original inn that stood here burned down on Halloween of 1909. And in 1949, resident Wilhelmina Kaske passed away in a front bedroom, and these incidents may have led to the house's hauntings. Witnesses have reported a figure leaning out of the barn window, a presence ...


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    Reeder Road

    Griffith, Indiana

    28.4 miles from Manteno, IL

    Local lore about Reder Road tells of Elizabeth Wilson, a hitchhiking ghost who drowned in a swamp when her car went off the road. Her ghost waits at the roadside for a ride to her former house, but she disappears from cars at Ross Cemetery, where she was buried in ...


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    Maple Tree Inn

    Blue Island, Illinois

    28.8 miles from Manteno, 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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    Aux Sable Cemetery

    Morris, Illinois

    29.5 miles from Manteno, 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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    St. James Cemetery - Monks Castle

    Lemont, Illinois

    31.4 miles from Manteno, 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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    Maple Lake

    Willow Springs, Illinois

    32.2 miles from Manteno, 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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    The Givens Castle - Beverly Castle Academy

    Chicago, Illinois

    32.6 miles from Manteno, 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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    Roff House - The Watseka Wonder

    Watseka, Illinois

    32.7 miles from Manteno, IL

    The Roff House was one of the two houses in which the Watseka Wonder took place. The Watseka Wonder was a spiritual possession said to have happened in the late 19th century to an epileptic girl named Lurancy Vennum, who was 14 at the time. One of the spirits who ...


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    The Irish Legend

    Willow Springs, Illinois

    33.1 miles from Manteno, 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

    33.1 miles from Manteno, 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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    Carolina Street Demon House

    Gary, Indiana

    33.2 miles from Manteno, IL

    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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    Vennum House - The Watseka Wonder

    Watseka, Illinois

    33.7 miles from Manteno, IL

    The Vennum House was the home of Lurancy Vennum, a teenaged epilectic girl who was said to have been possessed in the incident known as the Watseka Wonder. The story of the late-19th-century possession was related in the 2009 film "The Possessed." The house may be open for ghost tours ...


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    St. Mary's Cemetery

    Evergreen Park, Illinois

    33.7 miles from Manteno, 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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    Archer Woods Cemetery

    Willow Springs, Illinois

    33.7 miles from Manteno, 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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    Grimes Sisters Murder Site

    Burr Ridge, Illinois

    34 miles from Manteno, 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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    Evergreen Cemetery

    Evergreen Park, Illinois

    34.1 miles from Manteno, 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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    Whihala Beach

    Whiting, Indiana

    34.8 miles from Manteno, IL

    Some say that at Whihala Beach at night, you can see and hear phantom sailboats and apparitions of folks swimming and playing with innertubes in old-fashioned bathing suits.


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    Resurrection Mary

    Justice, Illinois

    35.1 miles from Manteno, 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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    St. Rita of Cascia

    Chicago, Illinois

    37.3 miles from Manteno, 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 Turibius Church

    Chicago, Illinois

    37.7 miles from Manteno, 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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    Country House

    Clarendon Hills, Illinois

    37.7 miles from Manteno, 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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    Holmes Death Castle Location

    Chicago, Illinois

    37.9 miles from Manteno, 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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    Green Hornet Trolley Disaster Site

    Chicago, Illinois

    38.1 miles from Manteno, 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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    Portage Woods

    Lyons, Illinois

    38.3 miles from Manteno, 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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    Memory Gardens

    Rensselaer, Indiana

    38.9 miles from Manteno, IL

    Memory Gardens is a cemetery with a haunted statue, locals claim. The saint statue at the back of the graveyard is rumored to move at night, keeping watch on visitors. Some say its head and arms will change position. However, the cemetery is closed after dark and trespassers will be ...


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    Benedictine University

    Lisle, Illinois

    38.9 miles from Manteno, 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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    Baums Bridge Inn

    Kouts, Indiana

    39.5 miles from Manteno, IL

    This inn is reported to be home to a the apparition of a man surrounded by a dim light. He is said to appear around midnight and may be a bit shy: Rumor has it that if you look at him too long, he will become enraged and appear in ...


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    Morton College

    Cicero, Illinois

    39.7 miles from Manteno, 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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    Inn at Aberdeen

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    39.8 miles from Manteno, IL

    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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    Cigars and Stripes

    Berwyn, Illinois

    39.9 miles from Manteno, 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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    Wolf Mansion - Josephus Wolf House

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    40.3 miles from Manteno, IL

    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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    Moline House

    Berwyn, Illinois

    40.5 miles from Manteno, 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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    Showmen's Rest

    Forest Park, Illinois

    41.5 miles from Manteno, 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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    Benton House

    Chicago, Illinois

    41.7 miles from Manteno, 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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    Saint Joseph's College

    Collegeville, Indiana

    41.9 miles from Manteno, IL

    Some of the many oddities at St. Joseph's College include a spirit in the chapel, a rumored exorcism at Aquinas Hall and reports of witnesses hearing voices in their heads inside Drexel Hall. Also, Dwenger Hall is rumored to be possessed, and the ghost of a baby is said to ...


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    Queen of Heaven Cemetery

    Hillside, Illinois

    42.1 miles from Manteno, 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 Olivet Cemetery

    Aurora, Illinois

    42.3 miles from Manteno, 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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    Flapper Ghost of Waldheim Cemetery

    Forest Park, Illinois

    42.3 miles from Manteno, 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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