Ursula’s World Famous Chicago Tours & Events
“One of the Top Ten Tours in America.”
–Haunted America Tours
“The Best of Chicago.”
-Time Out Chicago
“The Real Deal.”
-Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune / WGN TV
“A Great Choice for Everyone.”
-Better Homes & Gardens
“One of the Most Important . . . for Local History.”
“Starling . . . Informed . . . Intriguing . . . Creepy. The best tour in Chicago. Period.”
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The Dark Side of the StoRY
For almost two decades, Chicago Hauntings has been the number one Chicago Ghost Tour and Chicago Dark HIstory Tour Company. We are the only Chicago ghost BUS tour, taking you by coach bus in safe and comfortable style to the infamous scenes where Chicago’s world famous ghost stories and dark history began. From the killing fields of gangsters and machine-gunners to the hunting grounds of serial killers. From the scenes of mass tragedies like the Eastland Disaster and Death’s Alley to the haunted streets of our past disasters, including the epic Great Fire that began our legacy of sorrow and hauntings.
We escort you into the shadows to experience the electricity of these sites for yourself. You will be immersed in Chicago’s haunted places, so that you may experience supernatural Chicago firsthand.
Our Chicago ghost tours and dark history tours are the result of over one hundred years of collective research by our founder, author and paranormal researcher, Ursula Bielski (Read her own story HERE) and her hand picked GUIDES . Their studies of over hundred years of Chicago history and mystery will engage and fascinate you, no matter which tour you choose. See our full descriptions at the bottom of this page or here.
Our passion for the dark side of Chicago shows in every tour we host. See why so many have recognized what we do and why our tours and guides have been featured on:
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The Original Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour by Bus
THE WORLD FAMOUS SUPERNATURAL EXCURSION
This 2.5 to 3-hour haunted Chicago tour by coach includes numerous stops, taking you to some of the most actively supernatural locations in the city, where you may experience first hand the chills, touches and visual enigmas that have made these sites a point of pilgrimage for ghost hunters from all over the world. Bring your cameras and recorders. Evidence has been captured by many! Departs from the storied Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Avenue, across from Buckingham Fountain. This is the tour you have heard about: for 18 years running, the number one Chicago ghost tour and haunted Chicago tour!
The Lincoln Park Ghost Hunt Tour
10,000 GRAVES & THE ST. VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE
Join us on an eerie, on-foot investigation through one of the city’s most haunted places: Lincoln Park, site of the original City Cemetery. On this haunted Chicago tour and ghost hunt combination excursion, you’ll learn about the Park’s connection to the Great Fire of 1871, the shocking truth about the lost graves of the cemetery, the ghosts of Lincoln Park Zoo, and the secret of the scandalous “Suicide Bridge” over the Lagoon. Then, travel through the neighborhood to the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Departs the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street. This is a Chicago ghost tour original and the city’s only public ghost hunt tour!
The Devil in the White City Tour
H.H. HOLMES, THE WORLD’S FAIR & VICTORIAN CHICAGO
Join us for an excursion through the spaces and places made famous by Erik Larson’s blockbuster, “The Devil in the White City.” Far from just a haunted Chicago tour, this is a deep dish slice of Chicago’s rich history and a dark look into one of the most disturbing souls in our past: H. H. Holmes. You’ll visit sites of Victorian era intrigue, including the site where the Great Fire began, Prairie Avenue historic district, the World’s Fairgrounds and, yes, the site of the former Murder Castle, built by “America’s First Serial Killer.” Departs the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave., across from Buckingham Fountain.
Gothic Chicago Tour: Gangsters & Ghosts, Murders & Massacres
This 3-hour coach tour with stops takes you to the darkest places in Chicago history, from the hunting grounds of killers like John Wayne Gacy to the site of the infamous Murder Castle of H.H. Holmes of “Devil in the White City” and “American Ripper” fame, and the site of gangland killings like the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Departs from the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Avenue, across from Buckingham Fountain. Far darker than our classic haunted Chicago ghost tour, this journey takes you through the darkest days of Chicago’s history and appeals to both ghost story lovers and true crime aficionados.
Ghosts of Old Chicago: River North Ghost Walk
AN EERIE, ON-FOOT EXCURSION . . . THROUGH THE HEART OF HAUNTED CHICAGO! Don’t get left behind on this supernatural foray through the streets and alleys of oldest Chicago. From the watery grave of the Eastland Disaster’s 844 dead to the evil dead of the old Courthouse and its bloody gallows. From the Fort Dearborn Massacre and Chicago’s gangland killings . . . to the Chicago ties to “Poltergeist” and “Ghostbusters.” This 2-hour, 2 mile stroll introduces you to the stories which made Chicago’s ghostlore famous–and immortal. 4PM daily, year ’round. Meets at the Reid Murdoch Center, north end of the LaSalle Street Bridge.
OUR SUBURBAN & EXTENDED SPECIALTY TOURS
The Naperville Hauntings Ghost Walk
A SPOOKY LOOK AT ONE OF ILLINOIS’ MOST HAUNTED CITIES
Diane Ladley’s long-running Naperville Ghost Tours by Heartland Hauntings are now operated by Chicago Hauntings! Different company, same award-winning, eerie walking tour through one of Illinois’ oldest and most haunted cities. You’ll hear of deadly citizens, horrific massacres, graveyards and ghouls on this spooky foray into Naperville’s haunted history.
The Great Lake County Ghost Adventure
AN ALL-DAY EXCURSION THROUGH ONE OF ILLINOIS’ MOST HAUNTED REGIONS
Journey outside our Chicago haunted tours and into Lake County, Illlinois–one of the nation’s most haunted regions. From the notorious “Gate” of Libertyville—where legend tells of a long lost girls’ school massacre—to the wandering spirits of Six Flags amusement park . . . from the ghosts of Cuba Road to the werewolves of Antioch. This 7-hour coach tour with stops will introduce you to the ghost lore of this storied county, stopping for lunch at an actively haunted pub. 7 hour tour includes lunch with soft drinks (cash bar available). BYOB. Departs from Long Grove, Illinois. If you’ve enjoyed our Chicago ghost tours and want more, this tour is for you!
The Archer Avenue Triangle Tour
IN SEARCH OF RESURRECTION MARY
Few roads in the world can rival the haunting reputation of Archer Avenue, an ancient Indian trail now known as one of the most haunted roads on Earth. The ghosts of Archer Avenue include banshees, werewolves, phantom monks, and Chicago’s most famous ghost, the vanishing hitchhiker known as “Resurrection Mary,” who is said to have burned her ghostly hands into the gates of Resurrection Cemetery one fateful night long ago. Includes hearty appetizer buffet at a haunted roadhouse during pub stop. Cash bar. Departs from Willow Springs, southwest of Chicago.
More About Our World Famous Tours
EXPERIENCE THE ORIGINAL CHICAGO HAUNTINGS BUS TOUR:
Our our classic Original Chicago Hauntings ghost tour by bus departs the fabled Congress Plaza Hotel. Other tours depart from or visit here to talk about the hotel’s hauntings. But like so many of the ghost stories of Chicago, we discovered them!
Read about our Congress Plaza Hotel research here.
From the Congress, you’ll visit some of the world’s most notorious places:
-The site of Al Capone’s bloody St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, scene of the bloodbath on Clark Street and showdown between Chicago’s rival gangs. Is the site still cursed and haunted today? You’ll be the judge.
–Hull House, home of the Devil Baby of “Rosemary’s Baby” fame and Chicago’s most haunted house. Does the baby still haunt Hull House . . . and does an interdimensional doorway exist here? Many passengers claim to have taken ghosts home with them from here. Will you be next?
-The Death site of Resurrection Mary, Chicago’s infamous Vanishing Hitchhiker. Mary is said to still walk the Chicago streets since her death in 1934. Are the stories of these encounters true? And did she burn her handprints into the gate of Resurrection Cemetery?
–Dillinger’s Alley at the Biograph Theater, site of the gunning down of “Public Enemy Number One” in 1934. Does the infamous bankrobber still retrace his final steps in the alley where he met his death?
–Prairie Avenue, the heart of old Chicago and site of the haunted killing fields of the Fort Dearborn Massacre of 1812. Do the vanquished settlers still roam here, on the eerie streets of early Chicago?
–Chicago’s cursed architecture, including the Hancock Center, fabled to have been the inspiration for “Ghostbusters” and a key play in the curse of the “Poltergeist” films. What secrets and troubles does this looming structure hold?
-Lincoln Park, the abandoned site of the original City Cemetery, where 10,000 bodies were left behind . . . . Discover the park’s hidden truths on your own dark visit.
– the flashpoint of the Great Chicago Fire . . . and so much more!
Our Original Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour by Bus runs Fridays & Saturdays year ’round with extended days and times seasonally.
$39 adults. $29 children.
OR EXPLORE CHICAGO GANGSTERS AND KILLERS, AND THEIR GHOSTS . . .
Our Gothic Chicago Tour takes you on a chilling odyssey through our darkest days, visiting the sites of gangland tragedies like the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and the hunting grounds of killers, like “American Ripper,” H. H. Holmes. You’ll hear of Chicago’s notorious gangsters and the hauntings that resulted from their cold-blooded killings and hear tales of the city’s most infamous serial killers, massacres and murders.
Our Gothic ChicagoTour runs Saturdays year ’round with extended days and times seasonally.
$39 adults. Not recommended for children under 12.
OR …. STEP INTO THE STREETS & ALLEYS OF OLDEST CHICAGO WITH US . . .
Loop ghost tours are a dime a dozen, but only we take you through the storied River North district . . . the settlement of earliest Chicago, the shadow of Fort Dearborn, and the site of the original Courthouse and Gallows. We’ll tell you of the ill-fated Eastland disaster, the “Titanic of the Great Lakes,” and the Gangland ties to these fabled streets. Includes a pub stop at the beloved Billy Goat Tavern, home of the Curse of the Chicago Cubs and the world renowned “Cheezeborger, Cheezeborger” of Saturday Night Live fame.
$19 per person Fridays and Saturdays at 6pm
OR ….GHOST HUNT WITH US ON A REAL PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION!
In addition to the city’s number one haunted Chicago tour, we also offer Chicago’s only public paranormal investigations, where you may join in on a ghost hunt of Lincoln Park, one of Chicago’s most haunted places, and investigate the original Chicago City Cemetery grounds, site of more than 10,000 unmarked graves, the site of Suicide Bridge and location of the bloody St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, one of Chicago’s most haunted places. You’ll also hear tales of the night the devil came to St. Michael’s church in Old Town, at deadly lightning strike, ghost ships of Lake Michigan, the story of “Candyman” and the tragic still unsolved “Tylenol Murders.” Our veteran investigator guide will teach you how to use simple ghost hunting tools. You may be surprised at what you find on this one of a kind expedition . . .
Our Lincoln Park Hauntings Ghost Hunt Tour runs select evenings, year ’round, at 8pm.
$29 general admission.
OR JOIN ONE OF OUR POPULAR SPECIALTY TOURS….
Venture outside our classic Chicago haunted tours and take an extended trip for a few hours, a full day, or a weekend. We offer Devil in the White City Tours, which take you to the spaces and places made famous by Erik Larsen’s phenomenal book, “The Devil in the White City.” Travel to the World’s Fairgrounds of 1893, visit the Wooded Island and the Midway Plaisance, and see the site of the infamous “Murder Castle” of serial killer H.H. Holmes. You’ll also visit the Victorian settlement of Prairie Avenue and the flashpoint of the Great Chicago Fire.
Our Archer Avenue Triangle & Resurrection Mary Tour takes you through the atmospheric, winding trail of one one America’s most haunted roads to trace the steps of Chicago’s most famous ghost, Resurrection Mary, and the phantom friends who join her in this storied region along the building route of the ill-fated Illinois & Michigan Canal. This extended tour includes appetizer spread at a haunted roadhouse across from fabled Resurrection Cemetery.
Our Lake County Ghost Adventure Tour is an all-day, epic journey through one of Illinois’ oldest and most haunted counties, where you’ll visit–and ghost hunt–some of the state’s most notorious sites, including the Devil’s Gate, Cuba Road, White Cemetery and more. Meets in Long Grove and includes lunch at a haunted pub.