You’ve made it to part two of Haunted Chicago, but be warned – part two is just as scary! So enjoy some more chilling stories and tales about Chicago’s most haunted locations and visit them yourself. That’s if you’re not too frightened!
Built in 1860, Graceland cemetery has become the final resting place for some of Chicago’s most notable figures. These include David Adler, John Kinzie, Potter Palmer, George Pullman, and Marshall Field, to name a few. But the most notable may be the tombstone of Inez Clarke, a six year old little girl who was killed after she was struck by lightning playing in the rain. The parents of Inez Clarke commissioned a stone statue of Inez’s likeness to be placed directly on the tombstone and surrounded by a glass box in order to protect her from the elements that took her life. On stormy days in Chicago, cemetery workers and tourists have reported that the statue has left the box and is nowhere to be seen as lightening flashes and storms rage on. As soon as the storm subsides, the statue of Inez Clarke can be seen right where it was, back in its glass box. Many speculate the statue leaves to play in the storm to relive its final moments one last time. 4001 N. Clark St.
Location of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
Although February 14th is reserved for lovers, anything but love was shown on that date in 1929 between the Italian and Irish mob in Chicago. As the story goes, Al Capone ordered a hit on Irish mobster George “Bugs” Moran. As Moran’s men entered the building, Bugs held back when he noticed cops following closely behind. One of Capone’s men, mistaking James Clark for Bugs Moran, opened fire killing all seven of Moran’s men becoming one of the bloodiest days in Chicago mob history. Today, at the same location, it is believed that the ghost of a German Sheppard that belonged to a murdered Irish mob member still mourns its owner’s death. More oddly is the story of Al Capone’s personal haunting after the massacre. It is believed that Al Capone was haunted by the spirit of James Clarke, or as Capone called him, Jimmy. Shortly after the attack, Capone was sentenced to eight months in Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania for an illegal arms charge. While locked up, he repeatedly begged “Jimmy” to leave him alone, even though he was locked up alone. This haunting continued with Capone through the rest of his life, so much so he hired a medium, Alice Britt, in 1931 to try and rid of him Jimmy’s curse. Capone’s mental health continued to worsen, and many blame brain softening due to his neurosyphilis. After his imprisonment and release from Alcatraz, it was obvious Capone didn’t have the mental capacity to head the mob, and died shortly after in 1947 of a cardiac arrest due to pneumonia. Jimmy’s ghost was never seen again. 2122 N. Clark St.
Jane Addams Hull House
The hauntingly famous Hull House was a settlement house on the west side of Chicago ran by Jane Addams to help recently arriving immigrants from Europe. Jane Addams was one of the first to speak of its paranormal nature when she said she could hear footsteps in the room she slept in. She believed them to be that of Charles Hull’s wife who died in that room. The real urban legend of the Hull House is the tale of the “Devil Baby.” It is rumored that a devout catholic woman was married to an atheist and become pregnant. Hoping for a safe pregnancy, the wife hung a picture of the Virgin Mary in the apartment. When her husband saw this, he angrily ripped it down and yelled that “He’d rather have the Devil in the house!” Be careful what you wish for. When the wife gave birth, they were shocked with a baby that was said to have scaly skin, hooves, and a set of horns. Scared and disgusted, the father dropped him off at the Hull House. Jane Addams tried to baptize the baby, but could not. The baby would be locked up in the attic until its eventual death. Although this story is a folk tale and has no basis in fact, it still captivates all those who visit or have heard of the haunted Hull House. 800 S. Halsted
The oldest haunting of Chicago took place even before the city was built. During the War of 1812, Fort Dearborn stood where Wells Street currently lies. The American inhabitants were in the process of evacuating the fort due to the Potawotamie Indian allies of the British, and as they fled, the retreating Americans were attacked by the Potawotamie. In all, 148 people, 12 of which were children, were brutally killed by tomahawks in the hand to hand combat. Ghostly images are repeatedly reported in images taken around Wells Street and are believed to be the souls of the slain. Next time you’re on Wells Street, look out for the numerous plaques around the city that outline where the fort once stood. Oh, and be sure to take an extra look at the photos you snapped, because you may have captured a ghost! Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive
H.H. Holmes Murder Castle
The final and most chilling location is the U.S. Post Office located in Englewood. I know the lines at post offices can be a scary experience enough, but it’s what used to stand in its place that is still giving people the chills. On the corner of South Wallace and 63rd Street, was the location of H.H. Holmes (or better known as the first U.S. serial killer) home and storefront where he took the lives of more than twenty-seven victims, most of them women. The home was soon after given the nickname “the Murder Castle”.
Built in 1893, Holmes designed the castle to kill. He hired multiple contractors so that only he would know the floor plan. He designed it to be confusing for all people who entered. It included stairs and hallways that lead to nowhere, oddly angled hallways and rooms with no windows. He would lead people into the rooms and use his knowledge of his castle to kill them and sell their bodies to science.
Because he disposed of the bodies, it is hard to tell just how many people he killed. He confessed to twenty-seven, but some historians believe it could be in the 200s. Most of H.H. Holmes life and experiences are very well documented in the best seller Devil in the White City which came out in 2002. Today, maintenance workers report odd sightings and feelings in the basement portion of the building, where most of the souls were killed. It’s been over 120 years since he terrorized the Englewood neighborhood, but his legend is still very popular today. South Wallace and 63rd Street