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About the Chicago Haunted Tours

Almost two decades 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 Chicago ghost tours, Chicago haunted tours and Chicago dark history tours, standing head and shoulders above the rest.

Founded and directed by myself, a 30 year paranormal researcher and author of twelve books on Chicago haunted places and the paranormal, we are not merely a tour company but a natural  extension of Chicago Hauntings, Inc., a research organization dedicated to uncovering and sharing Chicago’s supernatural and dark history and investigating anomalous phenomena and sharing it through our Chicago ghost tours, haunted Chicago tours, Devil in the White City tours, Chicago ghost hunts and Chicago Ghost Adventures.

Unlike other companies, who hire tour guides to learn a script, our tours are led by myself and my partner, David Cowan, author of To Sleep with the Angels (an exploration of the tragic Our Lady of Angels school fire) and Great Chicago Fires, as well a dedicated group of avid independent historians and paranormal researchers including 20 year renowned Chicago investigator Tony Szabelski and longtime cemetery and ghost historian “Cemetery Larry” Arroyo.  We are not only native Chicagoans from the North, West and South sides, but we are also astute Chicago historians with a passion for the city and veterans in paranormal theory and research.  Chicago Hauntings has even designed ghost 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. 

Our classic Chicago Hauntings Chicago Ghost tour is a 2.5 to 3-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; the site of the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in storied Lincoln Park, the original and the now abandoned City Cemetery, where an estimated 13,000 unmarked graves remain. Some of our most common stops include murder sites, disaster sites, cursed skyscrapers, 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.

Our Killers of Chicago Tour (currently unavailable) is a haunting smorgasbord of True Crime stories of Gacy, Speck, Leopold and Loeb and others, tales of massacres, disasters, ghost stories and more, narrated by one of Chicago’s top historians. This tour includes a visit to the site of the notorious Murder Castle of H. H. Holmes.  The extended, 6 hour tour includes a lunch stop at a storied and haunted tavern, lunch included (cash bar).

For a more in depth look at the world of H.H. Holmes, the World’s Fair and Victorian Chicago, Our Devil in the White City Tour is the original H.H. Holmes Tour, begun in 2004 and copied by many companies but never equaled.  We take you to the site of the World’s Fairgrounds in Jackson Park, the Midway Plaisance, Prairie Avenue, and the site of Holmes’ Englewood Murder Castle on 63rd street, as you follow in the deadly footsteps of America’s Serial Killer. Not just a haunted Chicago tour, this excursion is a deep-dish slice of Chicago history and a look at some of our brightest and darkest residents in one of our most dynamic eras.

Our Ghost Adventure Tours are full day excursions through some of Chicagoland’s most haunted regions, including haunted Lake County, the fabeld Archer/Palos region and Chicago itself. These tours also include lunch at a haunted roadhouse or pub and the use of and instruction in ghost hunting tools by our friendly guides. If you are interested in an in depth look at a site outside the confines of our haunted Chicago tours, these super-Chicago ghost tours are for you.

For a truly interactive experience, investigate with our team members at one of Chicago’s most notorious sites, fabled Lincoln Park on our Lincoln Park Ghost Investigation Tour  where you will learn to use ghost hunting tools and develop your own sensitivities at this actively haunted site, including the original City Cemetery, where more than 10,000 unmarked graves remain, the site of Suicide Bridge, where more than 100 souls took their own lives, and the site of the St.Valentine’s Day Massacre, one of the stars of any Chicago haunted tour.

In addition, we offer seasonal specialty tours, special events and private tours for 2 to 200 people.  From pub crawls, book club tours and corporate events to birthdays, dinner tours and more, we can tailor your tour to any occasion and include your requested interests.

Our field trips for students from middle school through graduate school are a consistent hit with every age. We’ve been called “the best field trip ever” for fifteen years running.

Our many fans have called our haunted and dark history 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.

Join us and find out for yourself!

Happy Ghost Hunting,

Ursula Bielski


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