Top 5 Haunted Places in Chicago

Welcome to the top 5 haunted places in Chicago brought to you by author Jolie Du Pré. She writes in the paranormal genre, and if zombies and vampires are your thing, you’re in for a treat.


Top 5 Haunted Places in Chicago

Cemeteries, historic landmarks and even a night club have become some of the most haunted spots in the Chicago area over the last 100 years or so. Out of the most active places, here are the 5 most famous haunted dwellings in Chicago.

Bachelors Grove Cemetery


Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery is one spooky haunt in Chicago

Gangsters dumping bodies, a farmhouse that appears and disappears and an image caught on camera of a young woman in bygone clothing sitting on a gravestone all have happened at what is considered one of the most haunted cemeteries in the country, Bachelors Grove Cemetery in Chicago.

More than 100 reports of paranormal activity have been reported in this small isolated spot that has been a burial ground since the mid 1800’s. Not only the gravesites themselves, but also the road leading into the cemetery and the small pond located just off the grounds, have been the locations for sightings of ghostly figures including a farmer with a horse drawn plow emerging from the stagnant waters of the pond.

Jane Addams Hull House


Jane Addams Hull House is one of the creepiest top 5 haunted places in Chicago

One can’t neglect the historic Jane Addams Hull House on Halsted Street when exploring the top haunted places in Chicago. Rumored to be terrorized by a so-called Devil Baby which prompted the horror movie “Rosemary’s Baby” even though Jane Addams tried to dispel the rumor of any deformed, satanic child being born in the home. A former owner of the house, Mrs. Charles Hull, passed away in one of the bedrooms of the mansion and guests were said to not only hear eerie footsteps in the hallway outside of their bedrooms but also to occasionally see the shimmering figure roaming the home.

Resurrection Catholic Cemetery


Resurrection cemetery is one of the most haunted places in Chicago and is home to a frightening specter nicknamed “Resurrection Mary”

Walking the roads near Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, the ghost of a woman in a 1930’s era ball gown has been seen by many drivers in the darkness on Archer Avenue. Resurrection Mary, as she’s known, was killed in an automobile accident on the way home from a dance and lets her ghostly presence be seen in the cemetery and to motorists passing by.

Excalibur Night Club


Excalibur Nightclub is famous for its paranormal activity and for good reason

In 1915 the largest loss of life on the Great Lakes occurred when the SS Eastland rolled over while docked in the Chicago River, killing more than 800 people. Many of the bodies were taken to the Excalibur Night Club which was used as an emergency morgue for the tragedy. Built in 1892 there have been reports of voices being heard calling out, glasses falling off shelves, cold-spots and objects moving for no apparent reason by workers and customers of the club.

Graceland Cemetery


Cemeteries seem to be thematic to haunting, and Graceland Cemetery is no exception

Graceland Cemetery is home to both a ghost that never was and a memorial called Eternal Silence which as the stories go, can show you your own death if you gaze into the dark face of the bronze. Many people have claimed to see the ghost of young Inez Clark who supposedly was struck and killed by lightning and roams the grounds during storms. However, research led to the discovery that there never was an Inez Clark even though visitors to the site often leave flowers and toys for the ghostly vision.

While there are many places in the US that boast of paranormal activity and eerie locations, Chicago, with its long and sometimes tragic history, is one of the most haunted cities in the nation.


Thanks, Jolie, for entertaining my readers with the haunted places in Chicago. (Make sure to check out Jolie’s paranormal novels for gory zombies and vampires galore).

For everyone else, what is the most haunted destination you’ve heard of or visited? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. Thanks Amberr, when it comes to “the paranormal” I’m on it. All of these sites are interesting places. Anybody wishing to possibly experience paranormal activity should put these high on your list. My friend took a rather interesting photo at Bachelor’s Grove while we were investigating the area. A transparent animal that showed up on a photo that wasn’t very far from where I was standing. You can view it on my Paranormal team’s FB page 

    Much success to Jolie with the new series of novellas “Litria”.

    ~ Micheal

  2. Ooh –this looks so spooky! I love ghost tours, and Chicago is only a hop-skip-and-a-jump from me. I’ll definitely have to save these ideas for my next Chicago trip. 🙂

    • Me, too!!

  3. I have been to a couple of those places – saw nothing at Batchelors Grove (but have seen videos) and had no idea Excalibur was haunted..hung out there a couple times in high school, there’s numerous floors that are set up basically the same so I can see how it was used for a morgue easily. I may have been reluctant to go had I known that, interesting

  4. I am easily spooked out. I can’t even watch Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel! I’ll leave these sites to visit to my more adventurous friends (but still a good, informative post!).

    • Maria, I’m in the same boat.

  5. Thank you everyone for visiting Amberr’s blog and reading my post.  Chicago, my home town, has lots of haunted sites!  I hope you enjoyed reading about these.  After the end of my blog tour (August 31) I’ll enter your names into my contest to win a package of monstrously fun key covers by Fred & Friends.

  6. I love the scary posts I have been reading lately! They make me want to go ghost hunting….lol


  7. My best friend just moved up to Chicago so I am going to put these spots on my list for when I visit her next month. I never knew Chicago was home to such spooky places, this will be perfect for us! 

  8. Thank you so much for this great post and this fun tour! Looking forward to more posts. 

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it. I have all kinds of posts here, and I am sure some you’ll love and maybe some not so much 🙂

  9. I love these “haunted” places; it is very cool to share your findings. The details of what may have contributed to the writing of Rosemary’s Baby is terrific. Great.

    • Justin, Jolie is just amazing. Can’t wait to check out her series!

  10. Thank you so much for this great post and this fun tour! Looking forward to more posts. 

  11. Thanks everyone for visiting Amberr’s blog and my blog post!!

    • Jolie, it was awesome to feature you. Make sure to tell your pals I am Indie friendly (and trad), and I always welcome guest posts!

  12. Congratulations Shannon Guernsey C.! You won a package of monstrously fun key covers by Fred & Friends!

  13. Grace-land Cemetery is an haunted place I was there last year 🙁 and I took pictures with this statue.

    • Jack, that is awesome. You should link with the picture!

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