Haunted Places in Ringwood, Illinois



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    George Stickney House

    Woodstock, Illinois

    6.9 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Woodstock Opera House

    Woodstock, Illinois

    9.4 miles from Ringwood, 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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    P M and L Theatre

    Antioch, Illinois

    11.9 miles from Ringwood, IL

    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

    13.9 miles from Ringwood, 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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    White Cemetery

    Barrington, Illinois

    16.8 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Lawrence House Bed and Breakfast Inn

    Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

    17.4 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Cuba Road

    Long Grove, Illinois

    20.2 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Burlington Cemetery

    Burlington, Wisconsin

    20.3 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Karcher Hotel

    Waukegan, Illinois

    23.7 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Schweppe Mansion

    Lake Forest, Illinois

    26.4 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Hale Farr House

    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    27.5 miles from Ringwood, 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

    27.7 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Cobble Stone Inn

    East Troy, Wisconsin

    27.7 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Rhode Center for the Arts

    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    27.8 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Tichigan Lake Inn - What About Linda's

    Waterford, Wisconsin

    29.1 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Munger Road

    Bartlett, Illinois

    29.8 miles from Ringwood, 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

    30.1 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Blood’s Point Cemetery

    Belvidere, Illinois

    31.4 miles from Ringwood, 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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    American Flight 191 Crash Site

    Des Plaines, Illinois

    32.4 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Fork in the Road

    Mukwonago, Wisconsin

    32.7 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Hotel Baker

    St. Charles, Illinois

    33.1 miles from Ringwood, 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

    33.1 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Heaven City Restaurant

    Mukwonago, Wisconsin

    33.6 miles from Ringwood, 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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    DeKoven Center

    Racine, Wisconsin

    33.8 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Bloomingdale Road Bride

    Glendale Heights, Illinois

    33.9 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Sheraton Gateway Suites

    Rosemont, Illinois

    34.5 miles from Ringwood, 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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    O'Hare Airport

    Chicago, Illinois

    34.9 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Patten House Restaurant

    Geneva, Illinois

    35 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Robinson Woods

    Chicago, Illinois

    37.3 miles from Ringwood, 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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    John Wayne Gacy House Location

    Chicago, Illinois

    37.3 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Rockford College

    Rockford, Illinois

    37.8 miles from Ringwood, IL

    Several campus structures seem to be inhabited by haunts. Adams' Arch, the only part left of the original campus, rings with the laughter of young women late at night. The Burpee Building and Talcott Hall are each said to be haunted by men who committed suicide. The Clark Arts Center ...


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    University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

    Whitewater, Wisconsin

    38.2 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Whitnall Park

    Franklin, Wisconsin

    39.3 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Music Administration Building - Northwestern University

    Evanston, Illinois

    39.5 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Faust Hotel - Faust Landmark

    Rockford, Illinois

    41.2 miles from Ringwood, IL

    This old hotel was reportedly remodeled into housing for seniors. The basement used to hold a bar and bowling alley, but it hasn't been used since the 1980s. An eerie presence can be felt here, as well as sudden temperature changes and an overwhelming urge to leave the area. The ...


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    Lucerne's Fondue and Spirits

    Rockford, Illinois

    41.2 miles from Ringwood, IL

    Although the spirits in the name of this old-fashioned fondue restaurant refers to alcohol, it could also refer to a number of ghosts reported by staff and diners throughout its history. The residence that houses the establishment dates back to 1895, and was formerly occupied by the Utter family, ...


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    Mount Carmel Cemetery

    Hillside, Illinois

    41.4 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Baymont Inn and Suites

    North Aurora, Illinois

    41.4 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Coronado Theatre

    Rockford, Illinois

    41.5 miles from Ringwood, IL

    One night, police were called about a ghostly woman in white who appeared in an elevator at a parking garage. Earlier, witnesses had been confused as to why the elevator kept going up and down with no one inside it. But when the white figure showed up in the glass ...


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    Queen of Heaven Cemetery

    Hillside, Illinois

    41.9 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Tinker Swiss Cottage

    Rockford, Illinois

    42.1 miles from Ringwood, IL

    Tinker Swiss Cottage is said to be haunted. Witnesses and paranormalists have heard humming and other children's voices, believed to be because the site used to be a home for terminally ill children. The spirits of the Tinker family are believed to linger in the place as well. Tinker Swiss ...


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    Kirk Denmark Theatre - Rock County Theater

    Janesville, Wisconsin

    42.6 miles from Ringwood, IL

    Empty and dark theaters can be spooky because of their large, echoing spaces, but this one may be more so because it's said to have a ghost. A deceased employee, some say a theater instructor or a director, causes lights to go on and off and doors to open and ...


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    Skyscraper Building - Loyola University

    Chicago, Illinois

    42.7 miles from Ringwood, 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

    42.8 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Saint Benedict Parish

    Chicago, Illinois

    43.6 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Benedictine University

    Lisle, Illinois

    43.6 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Oak Hill Cemetery

    Janesville, Wisconsin

    43.7 miles from Ringwood, IL

    Some folks say a ghostly white woman and flickering white lights haunt Oak Hill Cemetery. Others say not so--the white lady is actually a lifelike, spookily illuminated statue, and the white lights are markers to brighten the walkways. So, is Oak Hill Cemetery haunted, or not? You be the judge!


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    Majdecki Piggly Wiggly

    West Allis, Wisconsin

    43.7 miles from Ringwood, 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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    The Leland Tower

    Aurora, Illinois

    43.8 miles from Ringwood, 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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    Flapper Ghost of Waldheim Cemetery

    Forest Park, Illinois

    44 miles from Ringwood, 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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