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Some Chicago Ghost Stories:
Ghosts of Prairie Avenue
The St.Valentine's Day Massacre
The Hancock Building and "Ghostbusters"
The Willowbrook Ballroom
The Curse of Streeterville
The Museum of Science
Marshall Field and Co. (Macy's)
Seaweed Charlie and
Mount Carmel Cemetery and
Frank Leavy's Hand of Death
Stories from Chicago Unbelievable:
The Eastland Disaster
The Iroqouis Theater
and Death Alley
The Luetgert Sausage
Wrigley Field and the
Curse of the Billy Goat
HH Holmes' Body Dump
HH Holmes (Devil in the White City)
Dunning Memorial Park
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Navy Pier and The Lake
The Music Box Theater
Archer Woods Cemetery
St. James-Sag Cemetery
..and hundreds more!
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Bielski is the founder of Chicago Hauntings, Inc. and the host of PBS' "The Hauntings of Chicago" (WYCC).
author, and parapsychology enthusiast, she has been writing
and lecturing about Chicago's supernatural folklore and the paranormal
for nearly 20 years, and is recognized
as a leading authority on the Chicago region's
ghostlore and cemetery history. She is the author
of five popular and
critically acclaimed books on the same subjects, all published by Lake
interests in Chicago ghost hunting began at a young age. She grew up in
haunted house on Chicago's north side and received an early education
in Chicago history from her father, a Chicago police officer, who
introduced Ursula to the ghosts at Graceland Cemetery, Montrose Point
and the old lockup at the storied Maxwell Street Police
that time Ursula has been involved in countless investigations of
sites in and around Chicago, including such notorious locales as
Wrigley Field, the Congress Hotel, the Indiana Dunes, the Red
Hull House, Bachelors Grove Cemetery, Rose Hill Cemetery,
Archer Avenue, Chinatown, the Eastland disaster site, Death
Alley, Dillinger's Alley and the St. Valentine's Day Massacre
site. Her paranormal travels have also led her to investigate
sites as diverse and infamous as the Bell Witch Cave in Tennessee; the
Oshkosh, Wisconsin Opera House; New Orleans' House of the Rising
Sun; the City Cemetery in Key West, Florida; and the
War Battlefield at
from her writing, Ursula has been featured on numerous
documentaries, including productions by the A&E Network, The
History Channel, The Learning Channel, SyFy, The Travel Channel,
and PBS. She's been a judge on "Paranormal Challenge" and a regular
guest on "Ghost Adventures" and the "Maury Show," as well as a favorite
lecturer at Darkness Events. She
also appears regularly on local Chicago television and radio and
lectures throughout the year at various libraries, historical and
professional societies. In addition to her books, Ursula is the author
of numerous scholarly articles exploring the links between history and
the paranormal, including articles published in the
Journal of Parapsychology.
is a past editor of PA
quarterly newsletter of the Parapsychological Association, a past
president and board member of the Pi Gamma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta,
the national history honor society, and holds membership in
of Midland Authors.
graduate of St. Benedict High School in Chicago, Ursula holds a B.A.
degree in history from Benedictine University and an M.A. in American
cultural and intellectual history from Northeastern Illinois
University. Her academic explorations include the Spiritualist movement
of the 19th century and its transformation into psychical research and
parapsychology, and the relationships among belief, experience,
science, and religion.
Ursula's upcoming appearances, click here!
Adam Selzer is an author by day, primarily of young adult novels, including the acclaimed How To Get Suspended and Influence People
(Random House 07) and I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It
(Random House 2010) along with his Smart Aleck's Guide to American History
and several other books that are avaiable in six languages. A full-time
researcher into Chicago history and ghostlore, he practically lives in
the newspaper archives, and his knowledge of grave robbing makes his
neighbors reluctant to attend his barbecues.
Adam's expertise is regularly sought out
by producers for shows on The History Channel, SyFy, PBS, NPR, and
others - he's appeared on Coast To Coast AM with George Noory, NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, the Mancow Show, and countless other programs and podcasts, and sometimes works as a location scout for SyFy's Ghost Hunters.
On a shoot with the History Channel in 2012, he became the first person
to capture tangible ghost evidence in the H.H. Holmes "Murder Castle"
location - and yet he claims to be a skeptic! A historian and comedian
by trade, Adam's ghost books take a down-to-earth, humorous approach;
his new Ghosts of Chicago book will be published by Llewellyn in 2013.
Find him at AdamSelzer.com and follow his research at Chicago Unbelievable.com. Check out the podcasts, in which he and his crew go out exploring old buildings and looking for ghosts!
Dave with Merrill Osmond in 2012
|David Cowan is a native Chicagoan and hails originally from the city's West Side. He is the co-owner of Chicago Hauntings.
An accomplished journalist and writer, David is co-author (with John Kuenster) of the best-selling and critically acclaimed book To Sleep With the Angels: The Story of a Fire (Ivan
R. Dee, Inc.), considered the seminal and authoritative work on the
1958 Our Lady of the Angels school fire in Chicago. After its 1996
publication, the book was made into an Emmy-award winning television
documentary entitled Angels Too Soon
by PBS station WTTW in Chicago, and is now used as a text for courses
taught at the National Fire Academy in Maryland, and in collegiate fire
science programs throughout the United States.
David also authored Great Chicago Fires, Historic Blazes That Shaped a City
(Lake Claremont Press), a non-fiction anthology documenting Chicago's
unique and legendary fire history, focusing on fires that resulted in
important changes to national fire safety laws and others of
significant social and historical importance. David's writings and
reviews have also been published by major newspapers and magazines,
including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times,
Chicago Magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cleveland Plain-Dealer,
New Orleans Times-Picayune, Reader's Digest, U.S. Catholic, the Associated Press, and a host of smaller publications. He also contributed to the Encyclopedia of Chicago History, published in 2004 by the Newberry Library of Chicago.
Aside from his print journalism, David has appeared on several network
television documentaries about historic fires, including productions by
the A&E Network, History Channel, The Learning Channel, the
Discovery Channel, England's Channel 4, The Travel Channel, PBS, and
the U.S. Fire Administration / Federal Emergency Management Agency.
He's also been featured on local Chicago television and radio stations,
including National Public Radio, WGN radio, the Steve Dahl Show, and
WTTW's Chicago Tonight and Chicago Stories. He holds membership in a
number of writers associations, including the prestigious Society of
Midland Authors, for whom he served as membership secretary from
2001-2002. As a public speaker, he has lectured before numerous Chicago
area historical, professional and business societies and various school
and library groups.
Amelia Cotter is an author
and storyteller with a special interest in the supernatural, history, and
folklore. Amelia lives and writes in Chicago but is originally from Maryland, where she earned a degree in German and History
from Hood College. She has appeared on various
radio and television programs, and regularly presents at conferences and
events. She is also a member of the prestigious Society of
Midland Authors. Amelia is a
founding member of the Chicago
Paranormal Seekers and Maryland State
Coordinator for the Chicago-based American Spectral Society. Visit
her official website at www.ameliacotter.com, or write to her any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily is an actor and stand-up comic with a passion for Chicago history and ghostlore. Find her on Facebook at Emily Nobody's Mama Toops!
and skilled tour guide and musician, Clarence was born in Chicago and
loves to show this husking, brawling town through his eyes. As an
historian and a lover of all things Chicago, he has been called the
"best damned tour guide in Chicago" and has worked as a
professional tour guide for over six years. Clarence is also the
owner/operator of a virtual tour company and loves incorporating his
career as an entertainer (35 years) and as an educator(over 20 years)
into his tours. He loves to teach and entertain! Find info on all of his gigs at wix.com/clarencegoodman.
And don't forget our drivers, Wendy
Weaver and Ken Scholes! We use some of the best drivers in the city to
navigate the mean streets of the city. They fear neither ghosts nor