Everywhere you go in Chicago, history peeks through the cracks in the pavement…


“Everywhere you go in Chicago, history peeks through the cracks in the pavement, through the spaces in the crumbling mortar between the old bricks, and from old painted signs now buried behind a maze of pipes and cables… Sometimes an old building survives, and sometimes you can even see a faded old sign on the […]

Chicago’s Top 10 Most Haunted Places


Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and an “alpha city” in the global economy. With a population of over 2.8 million, it is the political and economic powerhouse of Illinois. With so many people living and dying here, it comes as no surprise that Chicago would be home to so many […]

Ghosts of Chicago Raises the Bar for Books of Chicago Ghost Lore


Over the past few years, I’ve criticized many books about Illinois ghost lore as “copy and paste jobs” devoid of any original content or new insights. That cannot be said for The Ghosts of Chicago: The Windy City’s Most Famous Haunts by Adam Selzer. Published by Llewellyn Publications in 2013, The Ghosts of Chicago is […]

The popularity of ghost stories is universal


“The popularity of ghost stories is universal. In every culture there is some form of belief in the supernatural. Since Chicago is made up of communities representing peoples from all around the globe, we boast local ghost stories of Irish, Polish, Jewish, Italian, Chinese, German, African-American, Filipino, and many other ethnic groups. We should also […]

Our Interview with Matt Hucke of Graveyards.com

Matt Hucke is the webmaster of Graveyards.com, one of the oldest and most well-known cemetery sites on the Internet. He is also co-author (along with Ursula Bielski) of the book “Graveyards of Chicago.” Where does your fascination with cemeteries come from? How many have you visited? It began as a fascination with ghosts. As far […]


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