Chicago’s Most Haunted Buildings

Prepare for Halloween with this list of Chicago's spookiest buildings.

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Legend says that during the Great Chicago Fire, a man hung himself in the Water Tower, preferring that miserable end to burning alive. Today, tourists sometimes say they see a hanging man dangling in the windows. Got a spooky pic? Upload it to SoChicago!
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After the Eastland steamship rollover disaster in 1915, many dead bodies were taken to the Second Regiment Armory -- the site of today's Harpo Studios. Oprah never talks about it, but some employees say spooky happenings occur in the building. Got a spooky pic? Upload it to SoChicago!
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On its website, the Red Lion Pub is described as "the most haunted pub in Chicago." Female patrons sometimes swear they're locked in the stalls by ghostly apparitions. Got a spooky pic? Upload it to SoChicago!
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Many observers standing on the Clark Bridge claim to have seen bodies floating, and then sinking, in the Chicago river. It is believed that these ghostly appearances have to do with the July 25, 1915, Eastland disaster, when about 800 people lost their lives. Got a spooky pic? Upload it to SoChicago!
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Jane Addams' Hull House was well-known to new immigrants, but now it is famous for its spookiness: windows shatter, lights go on and off and motion detectors pick up someone moving when nobody is there... Got a spooky pic? Upload it to SoChicago!
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In 1934, Mary Bregovy died in a car crash at Lake and Wacker, which now some say is a haunted city corner. Got a spooky pic? Upload it to SoChicago!
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Demolished in 1995, the Lexington Hotel was situated at the corner of Michigan and 22nd, and was Al Capone's favorite hiding place -- despite his claims that, while there, he was haunted by the ghost of James Clark, one of the St. Valentine's Massacre victims. Got a spooky pic? Upload it to SoChicago!
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Too bad the House of Crosses was demolished in 2008. It was one of the spookiest places in Chicago, located on Chestnut in West Town. The new owners probably didn't enjoy the spirits floating above the house. Got a spooky pic? Upload it to SoChicago!
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More than 300 people died in the 1903 fire at the Iroquis Theater, which is now the Oriental in downtown Chicago. Visitors claim they sometimes hear the footsteps of the victims. Got a spooky pic? Upload it to SoChicago!
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Look out for the ghost of John Dillinger in the alleys behind the Biograph Theater. The blue silhouette of his ghost, or that of look-alike Jimmy Lawrence, has been spotted numerous times. Got a spooky pic? Upload it to SoChicago!
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Bachelor's Grove Cemetery, in Chicago's southwest suburbs, was attacked by vandals during the 1960's. Allegedly, that's when phantoms and ghosts were freed from their tombs to haunt anyone coming to disturb their sleep. Got a spooky pic? Upload it to SoChicago!
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Before dying at the age of 14 in 1935, Mary Alice Quinn was known for her magic healing powers. Even today, people from all around the world visit her tomb, hoping to see her ghost and receive the cure they need. Got a spooky pic? Upload it to SoChicago!
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