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  Thirteen years after our "ghost bus" pulled out into the Chicago night for the first time, Chicago Hauntings Tours continue to be known as Chicago's most authentic and researched ghost and dark history tours, standing head and shoulders above the abundant knock-offs, "alternative"  "strange" tours and "free tours" that seem to be everywhere these days, when you can get a ghost tour and a cupcake tour from the same company.  A cupcake tour?  Yes, really.  

Founded and directed by Ursula Bielski, 30 year paranormal researcher and author of ten books on Chicago ghostlore and the paranormal, we are not merely a tour company but a natural  extension of Chicago Hauntings, Inc. a paranormal research organization dedicated to uncovering and sharing Chicago's paranormal history.  Unlike other companies, who hire career tour guides to lead their tours, our tours are led by Ursula and her partner, David Cowan, author of To Sleep with the Angels (on the tragic Our Lady of Angels school fire) and Great Chicago Fires, as well as Clarenece Goodman, popular Chicago historian and avid lecturer at Chicago libraries.  We are not only native Chicagoans from the North, West and South sides, respectively, but we are also astute Chicago historians with a passion for Chicago and veterans in paranormal theory and research.   Chicago Hauntings has even designed tours for the City of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum and haunted Lincoln Park Zoo, and we hosted "The Hauntings of Chicago" on PBS Chicago's WYCC.   You can see more about all of us here.

Our classic Chicago Hauntings Ghost tour is a 2.5 hour fully-narrated tour by coach bus, with numerous stops along the tour route at some of the most actively haunted sites in Chicago, including the site of the Eastland Disaster, where  844 souls perished on the Chicago River; Death Alley, where more than six hundred children and their chaperones lost their lives in the worst single building fire in American history; and the site of the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre in storied Lincoln Park, the original and now abandoned City Cemetery, where an estimated 13,000 unmarked graves remain.  Some of our most common stops include murder sites, disaster sites, a serial killer's body dump, a cursed skyscraeper, gangland sites, Chicago's most haunted house, and others.  You are welcome to take photos at all of our stops. Sometimes your camera may capture more than just spooky scenery.  See the pictures?

Our Devil & the White City Tour is the original H.H. Holmes Tour, begun in 2004 and copied by many companies but never equalled.  We take you to the site of the World's Fairegrounds in Jackson Park, the Midway Plaisance, and the site of Holmes' Englewood Murder Castle on 63rd street, as you folllow in the deadly footsteps of America's Serial Killer.

Our Gothic Chicago Tours invite you to come over to the dark side of our history, as we introduce you to devils in the White City, ghosts, graves, vampires, serial killers, assassins and more on an in-depth afternoon excursion through Chicago's many neighborhoods.

 Our many fans have called our tours of Chicago provocative, dark, scary and creepy, but also intelligent, sophisticated and fun.  Many find that they're the best way to discover the city - period. Come find out for yourself!


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Locations & Transportation

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Our Chicago Hauntings  Tours depart from the

Congress Plaza Hotel, located at Congress Boulevard and Michigan Avenue.

Paid public lots are available behind the hotel at Wabash and Congress Parkway

and along Wabash Avenue.

Public transportation is conveniently located near the Congress, 

which is a short cab ride or brisk walk from Union & Ogilve stations and near most CTA lines.









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DESCRIPTIONS / PRICING / TICKETS



THE CHICAGO HAUNTINGS TOUR
The City's Oldest and Most Acclaimed Ghost Tour

Author and 25-year veteran paranormal researcher Ursula Bielski and her staff of expert historians and paranormal investigators have been hosting the award-winning Chicago Hauntings tours for 13 years, introducing countless thousands of visitors and natives to a very different side of the city. From the sites of massive tragedies--like the Eastland disaster and the Iroqouis Theater Fire--to the bloody Fort Dearborn and St. Valentine's Day Massacres... from the death site of Chicago's most famous ghost,  "Resurrection Mary,"  to the site of the original City Cemetery . . . From the cursed and deadly Hancock Building to the infamous Hull House, inspiration for "Rosemary's Baby" ...  you'll get a personal introduction to each one and more on this mind-altering tour of Chicago's true hauntings.  The 2.5- hour tour is by bus and fully narrated, but with numerous stops at some of the most actively haunted outdoor sites in Chicago.   This is not a "spook show" or haunted house tour with cheap thrills and scares. Rather, it is a darkly historical, yet entertaining look at Chicago's supernatural reality.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays year 'round.   

$36 per person *   

Chicago Hauntings Bus Tour

THE GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST
The Dark Side of  Chicago's Decembers Past

Christmastime has brought some dark days to Chicago. From the horrific fires at Our Lady of Angels School and the Iroqouis Theater, to the disappearance of the Christmas Tree Ship, to the arrest of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, our past is truly haunted by these sad spirits of the holidays.  Join us for an excursion through this part of our history, then find some cheer at Chicago's Christkindlmarkt, where we will stop for libations and German delicacies.  BYOB on the bus. Cash bar at pub and market stops.  Departs the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Avenue. 

Saturday, December 3, 2-6pm

$40 per person*   

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GOTHIC CHICAGO TOUR

Devils in the White City, Ghosts, Graves, Vampires, Killers & Crime

A 2.5 hour tour exploring the dark side of Chicago's history, from the Devil in the White City--serial killer H.H. Holmes-- to Anton LaVey, quirky founder of the Church of Satan.  From the phantom funeral train of Abraham Lincoln to the ghost ships of Lake Michigan;  From the Chicago roots of national assassinations to the homegrown plot of the city's "Thrill Killers;"  from the Lakeview Vampire to the Levee's damned.  Every tour is a different, dark smorgasboard of the most sinister of Chicago stories.  Numerous stops off the comfortable coach bus, including one pub stop at a storied Victorian era tavern.

Select Saturdays at 3pm year 'round.

$36 per person*   

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THE DEVIL
& THE WHITE CITY TOUR

Ghosts of H.H. Holmes & Victorian Chicago


Imitated by many, this is the original tour inspired by the phenomenonal best seller, "The Devil and the White City," Erik Larson's brilliant look at the minds behind the best and worst achievements of Victorian Chicago.  We'll travel through Prairie Avenue - home to Chicago's Victorian-era rich and famous. We'll explore the site of the notorious "murder castle" of horrific serial killer H. H. Holmes.  Afterwards, we'll steady our nerves in an atmospheric - and haunted - Victorian-era tavern. Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing, and bring a poncho or umbrella (in case of rain) for our walk through the former fairgrounds--Jackson Park-- to the Wooded Island.

Public tours select Saturdays at 3pm. For calendar and upcoming dates, click on the "book now" button.  
Also available anytime as a private group tour for your own date and time.

$36 per person* includes full 3-hour tour with transportation. BYOB.

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THE GHOST ADVENTURE TOUR
A Full Day Excursion into the Paranormal


Led by 30 year veteran paranormal researcher Ursula Bielski, this tour is a 7-hour paranormal adventure, where you'll explore cemeteries, historic sites and more and lunch at a haunted establishment.  Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather, as we have numerous stops outdoors with some walking involved.  Lunch included with soft drinks.  Cash bar available at lunch stop and BYOB on the bus (no hard coolers). Bring your cameras and ghost hunting tools if you have them, or try out ours, provided.  

Public tours select Saturdays.  3 different routes.  For calendar and upcoming dates, click on the "book now" button.  
Also available anytime as a private group tour for your own date and time.

Chicago Ghost Adventure: Dunning Asylum Park, Robinson Woods Indian Burial Ground, Lincoln Park, St. Valentine's Day Massacre site and more. 

Lake County Ghost Adventure: Ghosts of old Lake County. Tour departs from Long Grove, Illinois.

Archer/Palos Ghost Adventure: Ghosts of the deeply forested Palos/Sag Valley regions,including Resurrection Mary, sacred sites, cemeteries and more!  
                                                         Departs from Chet's Melody Lounge in Justice, Illinois.


$80 per person* includes full 6-hour tour with transportation, trivia prizes, special guests and lunch.  BYOB.

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RESURRECTION MARY TOUR
The Archer Avenue Tour


Few roads in the world's haunted spectrum rival Chicago's Archer Avenue. Recognized for generations as one of the most haunted Roads on Earth, the ancient byway was originally an Indian Trail and hosted not only Westward-traveling migrants but Indian Wars and the tragic deaths along the building route of the Illinois and Michigan Canal.  Join us to revisit the deadly history of St. James at Sag Bridge, the night the Devil came to Kaiser Hall, the ghost lights of Maple Lake, and an extensive look at the road's most famous phantom, Resurrection Mary.  Departs the Congress Plaza Hotel on Michigan Avenue and travels through the South Loop, Chinatown, Bridgeport, Back of the Yards, and the Archer Avenue Triangle at Willow Springs, Justice and Sag Bridge.

Available for private charter and quarterly as a public tour.  
Check calendar for public dates by clicking "book now."


$54 per person* includes full 4-hour tour with transportation. Appetizers during pub stop. BYOB on the bus.  

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* Tour ticket prices do not include Cook County tax and processing fees





Private and Special Tours




In addition to our regular tours, we offer a variety of private and specialty tours.  We specialize in Chicago metro history field trips to coordinate with your curriculum of any level, middle school through graduate school.  We host corporate outings with or without dinner or pub stops, birthday, anniversary and retirement parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, book club outings based on Chicago Haunts, Graveyards of Chicago, Haunted Gary, Great Chicago Fires or the Devil & the White City.  Any tour we offer can be tailored for your group: our pub crawl, Gothic Chicago Tour, Haunted History Tour, Ghosts of Gangland Tour, Chicago Disasters Tour, and more!  

If you would like to arrange a private tour for your group, please see our Special Tours  page, or write us at ursulabielski@sbcglobal.net for specifics reguarding these and other special arrangements.