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Kelly B.

Hey everyone! I'm currently writing a YA MS that has paranormal elements (ghosts). I've been to a few touristy "ghost hot-spots" but that was several years ago and in the East. I live in Chicago and was wondering if there are any spooky places within the midwestern area that people would recommend. I know there are sites listing tons of places but it's hard to know what's really worth it and time is something I have little of. Does anyone have any personal experiences in a place they would suggest?
Thank you!

#1 - August 28, 2009, 12:19 AM

Hey Kelly B,

Oh, Chicago!  I moved a few years ago and miss it so!

The Chicago Tribune occasionally runs articles summing up haunted places around Chicago.  I did a quick google search and found a photo gallery they did fairly recently listing famous haunted places in the area:,0,3116210.photogallery

Unfortunately no personal experiences visiting any of them.
#2 - August 28, 2009, 01:44 AM

Kelly B.

Thanks Anne! I'll take a look.

One place I'd love to go to again (out of my weekend driving range) is the West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, WV. I went there for an overnight, which consisted of a short tour of the buildings and stories of murders that sent chills down your spine. Then they let us wander the entire facility (in pairs) without guides. I was standing in a room where a bunch of inmates ganged up on a guy they thought was informing (he wasn't) and shanked him to death. Most of the creepy feelings I was having were provided by my brain, but there was something else there too. That's the stuff that makes your hair stand up.
#3 - August 28, 2009, 04:15 AM

Tracy Vonder Brink

You might check and see if there's a "Haunted Chicago" tour.  We took a Haunted Vegas tour, and it was a lot of fun.

#4 - August 28, 2009, 11:37 AM

Adam Selzer runs a ghost tour in Chicago. He also writes kidlit.
#5 - August 28, 2009, 11:42 AM
NARC / Flux

I grew up roaming the halls of the haunted Haeger mansion in Dundee, IL back when it was a nursing home. It is also the setting for my current ms, so PLEASE don't use that one.

Theaters are almost always haunted. You might check to see if any of the grander theaters in the area give tours or have experts you can talk to.
#6 - August 28, 2009, 11:43 AM
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Kelly B.

Thanks for the suggestions everyone, I'll look into them. I'm really looking for a place with the creep factor where I can also write. A tour isn't always conducive to stopping and writing. If it would ever stop raining here I could take a trip out to some of the "haunted" cemeteries around here. Resurrection Mary anyone?
#7 - August 28, 2009, 02:46 PM


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