Ursula’s World Famous Chicago Tours & Events
“One of the Top Ten Tours in America.”
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“One of the Most Important . . . for Local History.”
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Discover Chicago’s Astonishing Secrets
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. Imagine walking in the footsteps of Chicago’s most famous gangsters and machine-gunners like Al Capone and Bugs Moran, or being in the very airspace of the hunting grounds of serial killers like H.H. Holmes and John Wayne Gacy. Imagine gazing upon the dark waters where the Eastland steamer capsized in 1915 . . . or standing on the very spot where the Great Fire of 1871 began. Step into Chicago’s original City Cemetery, home of 10,000 unmarked graves, and the infamous courtyard of Hull House, said to be a portal to the Underworld. Choose your experience. We will take you there.
Chicago’s Most Authentic Tour Experience
Beware the many knock-off imitations of our tours. We are the company that started it all eighteen years ago . . . and we remain unsurpassed in the world of unconventional Chicago adventures. But be warned: Our tours are very limited to preserve quality. You won’t find us offering four tours a day with a staff of trainees rattling off a script of stories. We are professional historians and investigators devoted to bringing you the very best and most esteemed Chicago tours. Our Chicago ghost tours and dark history tours are the result of over 150 years of collective research by our founder, author and paranormal researcher, Ursula Bielski (Read her own story HERE) and her hand picked, expert GUIDES . Their investigations into two 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. Whichever tour you choose, book now and don’t miss out!
Our passion for the dark side of Chicago shows in every tour we host. See why so many have recognized and endorsed what we do, and why our tours and guides have been featured on:
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The Original Chicago Hauntings Tour: The World Famous Ghosts, Gangsters & Dark History Tour by Bus: Chicago’s ONLY Haunted Experience by BUS!
CHICAGO’S #1 GHOST & GANGSTER TOUR FOR 18 YEARS RUNNING AND THE CITY’S ONLY GHOST BUS TOUR EXPERIENCE!
Step into the dark garden of Hull House, home of the notorious”Devil Baby” and fabled portal to the Other Side. Will you dare to take your photograph here . . . and possibly bring home a spirit attachment? Walk in the footsteps of the gunmen of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and feel the energy that still grips the Massacre site today. Learn the curse of the looming Hancock building, said to have inspired “Ghostbusters,” numerous freak deaths and the Curse of “Poltergeist.” Then travel to the original City Cemetery Grounds, where 10,000 unmarked graves remain today–along with the tortured spirits of their angry occupants. No walking tour can take you where we do. We are Chicago’s only ghost, gangster and dark history tour by bus. The 2.5 to 3-hour haunted Chicago tour by luxury coach includes numerous stops at some of the city’s most legendary sites and some of the most actively supernatural locations in Chicago. You just 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, one of the world’s most haunted places. This is the tour you have heard about: for 18 years running, Ursula Bielski’s number one Chicago ghost tour and haunted Chicago tour! (Note: This is our most popular and most limited tour: Do not wait to book. Sorry, there is no wait list! )
$34 Children, Seniors & Military
Authentic Ghost Hunt at the Old City Cemetery Grounds, Suicide Bridge & Haunted Lagoon PLUS the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre!
THE ONLY CHICAGO TOUR WHERE YOU ARE THE GHOST HUNTER! EQUIPMENT PROVIDED . . . JUST BRING YOUR OPEN MIND!
Join us on this eerie, on-foot investigation through one of the city’s most haunted places: Lincoln Park, site of the original City Cemetery and site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacfe. 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” and haunted Lagoon. Then, travel through the neighborhood to the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. You’ll make stops along the route to ghost hunt using authentic ghost hunting tools, provided. Chicago’s only public paranormal investigations! Departs from outside the main entrance of the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street. Tickets strictly limited to guarantee the best experience possible. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind, atmospheric and often shocking Chicago tour! (Note: Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. The park is located on Lake Michigan and often becomes cooler and windy at night during our ghost hunts.)
$24 Children, Seniors & Military
The ORIGINAL Devil in the White City Tour: Explore The Curse of H. H. Holmes, the 1893 World’s Fairgrounds and the Murder Castle Site!
OFTEN IMITATED, NEVER MATCHED. A 3-HOUR LUXURY COACH EXCURSION INCLUDING CHICAGO’S MOST NOTORIOUS ENCLAVES. A CHILLING & UNIQUE CHICAGO EXPERIENCE!
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 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 city’s past: H. H. Holmes. On this luxury coach trip through some of Chicago’s most notorious areas, you’ll visit sites of Victorian era intrigue, including the site of the O’Leary barn, where the Great Fire began, the Prairie Avenue historic district–ground zero of the Fort Dearborn Massacre of 1812–, the 1893 World’s Fairgrounds and Osaka Gardens in beautiful Jackson Park, and, yes, the site of the “Murder Castle” built by “America’s First Serial Killer,” the diabolical Herman Webster Mudgett, alias H.H. Holmes. No other Chicago tour visits so many historic and haunting sites as this one. We are the original Chicago”Devil” tour and still the best you’ll find! Hosted by historian and journalist David Cowan, author of “To Sleep with the Angels: The Story of a Fire.” Departs the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave., across from Buckingham Fountain, on beautiful Michigan Avenue, a hotel built for the World’s Fair of 1893!
$34 Children, Seniors & Military
Ghosts of Old Chicago: The River North District Ghost Walk
STEP INTO THE STREETS & ALLEYS OF OLDEST CHICAGO
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.
$14 Children, Seniors & Military
The Gothic Chicago Tour
DARKEST, DEADLIEST CHICAGO
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. (Al Capone played cards in a meeting room of the hotel every Friday!) 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.
$34 Children, Seniors & Military
(not recommended for children under 14)
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.
$20 Children, Seniors & Military
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!
$59 General Admission
(Includes lunch. Beverages not included)
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.
$49 General Admission
(Includes appetizer buffet. Cash bar at pub stops)
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, DISASTERS AND DEATH . . .
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 select Saturdays year ’round with extended days and times seasonally.
$39 per person. 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.
Fridays and Saturdays at 6pm
$19 per person.
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.
$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.