5 Most Haunted Places in Chicago Explained by a Ghost Expert and a Historian

5 Most Haunted Places in Chicago Explained by a Ghost Expert and a Historian

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All happened in the East tower. One of the great tragedies in Chicago’s
history, the largest loss of life It looks like what they’re
doing is screaming. Room for 441. Bodies have intensity to
pop up out of the ground. I’m Mark Seaton, I work as a
tour guide for Chicago Hauntings. Hi my name is Bill Savage I teach
Chicago literature history and culture in the English department Northwestern University
and at the Newberry Library of Chicago. The idea of being haunted by a ghost usually something horrible has happened there
from what I, at least, encountered. My perspective on these haunted
places is of a scientific rationalist. Chicago’s haunted by lots of
things that are kind of invisible or hidden or not thought about. But they’re
more larger historical events and socio-economic realities. There’s been reports, definitely
between the ’60s and ’70s of horrible deaths that have
happened there. There’s a few construction workers
who died while they were building it. A few of them plunge to their deaths.
There’s also been a few suicides that have happened inside Marina City. A couple of murders that have happened there as well. There was a young woman
who was stabbed to death. A man who shot his mother and then he killed himself. But one of the things that gets
to be bizarre about it is that out of all these reports they’ve all
happened in the east tower. The question is what’s going on
in the east tower that causes all of these strange phenomenon
to be happening or these accidental deaths. They’ve seen shadow figures
inside the towers. There’s also reports of having cold spots inside the tower,
people feeling bouts of depression. Marina City is concrete, literally,
concrete evidence of the racism and white flight that shaped so much social policy
in this city in the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Think about the name of the
place, “Marina City.” It was designed to be a self-contained city within the city so
that white middle-class people would have somewhere safe to live. The fact that you could live in that building,
park a car in that building, doing a shopping in that
building, and never have to leave it. You’re not in one of those
changing neighborhoods on the south or west sides where white flight was
happening due to white racism. Obviously one of the great tragedies in
Chicago’s history the the largest loss of life in a single incident
in history the city. The Eastland was a boat, it’s about
the size of a mini cruise ship. it was docked in front of the
Reid Murdoch Building on July 24th 1915. After the boat capsized, there was 2,500 people that went into the water, and 844 people
lost their lives. Including 17 entire families. Nobody famous was on that boat.
Nobody famous died unlike the Titanic. It was working-class people immigrants
from the Western Electric Company on Cicero and Berlin. They brought the bodies to the Second
Regiment Armory and that building later on would become famous because it was
turned into Harpo Studios in the 1980s. For the site people have reported of
hearing screams and cries of terror coming from the river
right where the Eastland was docked. Faces being seen in the water. There’s also reports of people seeing
people drowning in the river. Harpo Studios, where Harpo Studios was,
they tore it down last year, There’s reports of seeing ghosts and
apparitions inside Harpo Studios. The most popular one was
the Gray Lady, who they believed was one of the victims at the Eastland tragedy. But I think should really haunt
Chicagoans about that disaster was how long it was
ignored and covered up for almost a century most of official Chicago ignored
that event. it didn’t reshape any policy unlike the Iroquois theater fire which
helped create safety standards in public buildings where you have panic bars.
Other tragedies in the city have like reshaped, literally reshape the world and
how we relate to one another in space. The hauntings that take place there is
mostly associated to the Glessner House It’s haunted by the architect Henry
Hobson Richardson when he first designed the building he never got to see the
actual house completed. But there have been reports that people have seen his
ghost inside the house. Also over at Prairie Avenue is where the Fort
Dearborn massacre took place back in 1812. In the 1980s there was a
construction crew that came through and they started doing some digging, they
were doing some some road work, and they ended up unearthing the bodies to
the Fort Dearborn massacre and ever since then there’s been reports of
spirits and apparitions popping up in the area. More specifically people have
stated of seeing these ghosts running and what it looks like they’re
doing is screaming. Prairie Avenue was a prime example of first neighborhood being
built up by the rich and being an opulent place. The big industrialists in
the city had their mansions down there. When the Northside became more
fashionable in the palmer’s move north, that area and the near south side was
abandoned. And it became part of a vice district, part of a basically
ghetto and a slum, and that deterioration, that class
movement across the city is something that I think should
be paid more attention to. Congress Plaza Hotel is one of the most
haunted places in Chicago if not the most haunted place. There’s room for 441. There have been reports of objects
moving around the room on their own Also people waking up in the middle of the night to the silhouette of a dark
figure of a woman standing at the foot of their bed. And
there’s also reports of having the covers ripped off of them in the middle
of the night. You can stay in the room in room 441. Yeah, if you’d like. Well, what should haunt Chicagoans
about the Congress Plaza Hotel is that it was the site of a single
longest strike in American history 10 years. The custodial staff
were on strike to get a living wage and they failed.
After ten years they were broken. Chicagoans should be haunted by the
class inequity that the labor movement tried to address back in the 19th
century and tries to address today with the fight for 15. if you go to Lincoln Park Zoo, more
specifically it’s the barn that is haunted there in Lincoln Park Zoo. The reason why it is haunted is because it’s built on Chicago City Cemetery,
Chicago’s first cemetery. All the bodies with a few exceptions were relocated to other cemeteries because
it was low swampy ground, it wasn’t very good. In high
water, bodies had a tendency to pop up out of the ground. So you can see how it
could become a an urban legend of haunting. Dr. Lester Fisher. He was the
director there at Lincoln Park Zoo and when he was first building the barn, they
unearthed I think it was ten bodies from the Chicago city cemetery that were
still buried there. And he contacted the city of Chicago for a few times I think was for a couple of weeks but nobody ever responded back to him, so he
just took the executive decision and decided to put the bodies back. And those
were the were where the hauntings take place. People have reported of hearing
voices inside the barn. There’s also been reports of seeing people walking around
wearing clothing from the early 1800s. Cogently perhaps Lincoln Park very close
to the cemetery area that was the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. 2122 Clark Street. The garage is gone now. There’s just a parking lot and a lawn
that’s there. People have heard the dog barking who was in the garage at
the time during the massacre They’ve also reported of hearing machine
gunfire coming from the site. You know, if the St. Valentine’s Day
Massacre haunts Chicago it should be about the legacy of
organized crime in this town which includes not just
the corruption of politicians and judges and the police
department, but it also includes the kind of racial violence that we see today, a
racialized violence, where there are neighborhoods that are marginal where
crime thrives. Today as we confront a city where certain neighborhoods are
marginalized and more violent than other neighborhoods where that violence is in
part fueled by the drug trade, that’s the same thing that fueled the
killings of prohibition. To this very day, the city is haunted by
gang violence in a very literal way. We don’t need guys with fedoras and
Thompson submachine guns disappearing through walls to be haunted
by gang violence. Gang violence is part of the reality of the city


  1. White flight due to white racism? Excuse me? More like people left because the gangs and crime idiot!!! Why don’t you stay in a neighborhood with shootings and gangs and see how long you last there. I hope to God your area gets taken over by trash and you’re called a racist because you moved and want better for your kids. How DARE you insinuate racism to these families. It’s crime not color jag off. And you’re a professor? You’re a libtard asshole race bait seeking dick head who probably lives in an all white neighborhood or the suburbs. Guarantee!!!

  2. There's this business building by Broadway and Lawrence across where borders use to be. It was my childhood doctors office. That place was haunted….all the bathroom sink will turn on…blood is coming out not water….and all the toilets will flush. I ran to my mom telling her what happen…all she said…that's what I get for wandering off

  3. Hey…NOT wanting to live in Black neighborhoods where they are likely to be shot and killed….. is "White racism". Yeah…Riiiiiggghhht!

  4. I know the professor means well, but his condescending attitude is irksome! Stop shifting the meaning of "haunting" with "what should haunt"!

  5. The guy with the glasses is unbearable SJW. I bet he lives in a guetto on wellfare…no wait…probably he lives in a white neighborhood and drinks French wines…yet he is offended by white flight.

  6. I've been on the Chicago hauntings tour with them… was great.. 10 out of 10… cool video ive been to room 441 in the Congress… it's haunted

  7. I leave co since last the days I they do the thing for country with me thanks seriously don't worried I won't bother no more . We call it even bye oh I I'm watching my movie don't bother I won't be disrespect any but be positive in full 100/ good night I did enjoying being squad bye ?

  8. Chicago was named "THE WINDY CITY" NOT because of its weather. No one gets it. Weathermen don't know. IT WAS NAMED "THE WINDY CITY" back in the 1800's because all the politicians had a lot of hot air…meaning they were liars, manipulators, crooks, thieves, etc. CHICAGO WAS NAMED "THE WINDY CITY" IN 1800'S DUE TO THE POLITICIAN'S HOT AIR.

  9. One guy is a supersticious kook who makes dubious claims regarding fairy tales that have no scientific basis. The other guy is an expert on ghosts and talks about paranormal experiences that people have had in Chicago.

  10. I'm visiting Chicago on May 11 for a concert, yes i'm a kpop fan and yes its the BTS concert. BUTTT other than that I frisking LOVE the paranormal and I own some of my own haunted dolls and i'm only 13, my grandma doesn't like it though because shes TO CHRISTIAN but while i'm there I wanted to visit some like REALLLY DARN SUPER haunted places. Like frisking bringing a spirt home with you haunted, maybe I want to…? 😉 Anyways anyone have some recommendations for me? ALSO if its exploring i'll do it c:

  11. Fort Dearborn was at Michigan and Dearborn not Prairie Avenue. There are brass plates at the intersection in the sidewalk commemorating it.

  12. 1. Marina Towers
    2. Eastland
    3. Glasner House/Prairie Avenue
    4. Congress Plaza hotel (rm. 441)
    5. Barn haunting at LP zoo (main barn)

  13. I recently investigated a Studebaker Factory in Chicago and got some AMAZING & Surprising EVP evidence.

  14. Wow Marina city sounds like a great place. Notice the people who talk about white flight literally live in a safe area and never lived in the hood and don’t practice what they preach. I on the other hand have left in the hood for half my life on 79th and the hundreds over south east. You don’t want to raise kids in these areas

  15. Now the Dearborn location they turned that grave site into a literal doggie park where dogs crap all over the place. The place used to be for a while a poor black inner city area until rich Californian’s displaced them all. It’s a shame such a place is now a place where rich yuppies take their dogs to shit

  16. Congress Hotel was the first Hotel I ever rented a room from. It didn’t look haunted. Only reason why I remember it was because the union representing the workers went on a ten plus year strike the day I checked out of the hotel in 2003

  17. I'm going to chicago in a couple of weeks and i love going to haunted places. i went to some places in LA like the queen mary and the rosevelt

  18. So Marina City, was a concrete city; made to protect white people from black people! And the East Tower, had project problems! Death and killings! It's not the race of people, whom are Haunted, it's their mind that is Haunted! 😒😓😒

  19. My great Uncle had a tragic death while the construction of Navy Pier. On his lunch break my Great Uncle dove in head first to cool off. He never came up. He was brought up covered black in silt. He broke his neck his head hit bottom. The area he dove in was more shallow than he thought. My great Grandma had to identify his body & at first bcz of the silt on him she did not recognize him. I do not know if any Chicago historians are aware of my Uncles death as a young man on Navy Pier or not ?? I have never heard anyone tell the story but my own family who was there.

  20. This was a phenomenal video! I am both a scary movie junkie and history buff so to add two of my favorite topics in one video was amazing!

  21. This one guy is def a political hack. he is parading around like he's a professor and giving absolutely no facks about y the whites moved out. only opinions

  22. This socialist jerk makes a couple hundred thousand dollars a year teaching 1 class. This video is supposed to be about the paranormal. Not this jerks socialist agenda.

  23. Ok I’ve lived 30 mins away from Chicago my whole life and I didn’t even know we were one of the most haunted places in the u.s.a. but it’s chill

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