Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul was a vital part of the east-central Illinois economy for nearly 76 years. After its closure in 1993, much of the base was divided up into residential and commercial properties, but most of the core buildings have sat abandoned for 16 years. Inevitably, locals exploring this part of the base have begun to bring home stories of phantom airmen and other strange encounters.
“The tales of phantom servicemen might seem strange at first, but they play an important role in preserving the history and the memory of a place like Chanute,” notes the author. “Kids are naturally curious, and so they want to know why there are all these abandoned buildings in their town. They make up stories to provide those answers.”
In this issue, we highlight the legends and lore of Chanute Air Force Base. Also, don’t miss our exclusive interview with Kathi Kresol of the Haunted Rockford Tour!
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