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Mysterious Heartland’s Most Popular Top 10 Lists

Over the past several years, Mysterious Heartland has published dozens of top 10 lists concerning haunted places all over Illinois and the Midwest. From haunted restaurants, churches, parks, and more, we seem to have covered every conceivable topic. These lists have been very popular with our readers, but what are the most well-read of them all? Join Mysterious Heartland as we take you through our Top 10, Top 10 Lists! Which one is your favorite?

10. Top 10 Most Haunted Hotels in Illinois

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It’s a traveler’s worst nightmare: you finally find a quiet, comfortable place to stay. Then the knocking starts. Footsteps echo through the empty hallway. You feel a cold breath on your neck as you try to sleep. Any of the places on this list offer these extra amenities, which ha not kept anyone away! With their rich history and romantic atmosphere, hotels can attract quite a number of ghostly tales. Illinois has several historic hotels dating back to the 1800s, but even more modern establishments are said to be the home of some tortured spirits. Which one will prove to be the most haunted of them all? [Click here to read this top 10 list!]

9. Top 10 Tales of Witchcraft in Illinois

Witch1Views: 34,100+

A surprise hit, this was one of the few lists we created on a topic other than haunted places. We are glad that readers enjoyed these stories, which took countless hours to research. While many historians have been quick to dismiss tales of witchcraft as “superstitions of the past,” these stories have been told in the Prairie State throughout its history, from the very first French settlers until the present day. We scoured newspaper archives and dusty volumes to bring you some of the most exciting and obscure accounts of witchcraft in Illinois. Which story will prove to be the most compelling? [Click here to read this top 10 list!]

8. Top 10 Creepiest Roads in Illinois

Haunted_Midwest_Roads_5Views: 53,900+

A scantily clad phantom strolls down Kennedy Hill Road outside Byron, Illinois. A phantom hand writes “help me” in blood on the pavement. Lebanon Road offers a chance to take a trip to Hell. It is no wonder readers continue to enjoy this list of haunted roads in Illinois. Recently, Reboot Illinois even posted a link to our list, breathing new life into it. Description: Mysterious Heartland is proud to bring you our list of the “Top 10 Creepiest Roads in Illinois.” Any of these roads makes an excellent spooky night-time trip, but remember, always be conscious of other motorists – especially if they might be ghosts! [Click here to read this top 10 list!]

7. Top 10 Most Haunted Houses in Illinois

Photo by Michael Kleen.Views: 61,800+

Haunted houses are a staple of ghost stories everywhere. Even if you are only able to stroll past on a moonlit night, your courage is often rewarded with an excited chill, making this list of haunted houses a perennial favorite. Description: As we at Mysterious Heartland know, the Prairie State is a very creepy place! Haunted cemeteries, colleges, abandoned hospitals, roads, forests, and schools abound. But what are the creepiest homes and mansions in Illinois? After much debate, we are happy to bring you the Top 10 Most Haunted Houses in Illinois. Note: Most of the homes in this list are privately owned and so we will not post their addresses out of common courtesy. Never visit any of these homes uninvited. [Click here to read this top 10 list!]

6. Top 10 Most Haunted Schools in Illinois

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With literally dozens of allegedly haunted schools to choose from, this list was difficult to put together. Our readers, however, haven’t been disappointed with our choices, making this list one of our most popular. Description: At Mysterious Heartland, we know adolescence can be a particularly hard time in a person’s life, and that most of that time is spent in school. At some Illinois schools, however, homework, grades, and bullies aren’t the only thing students have to worry about. Some locker-lined hallways are stalked by the unseen. Which one will prove to be the most haunted? [Click here to read this top 10 list!]

5. Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Southern Illinois

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This top 10 list was a surprise hit, garnering nearly 68,000 views in one day in June of this year. Southern Illinois is the most geographically distinct of all Illinois regions. It is known as “Little Egypt” because of its proximity to a vital river trade route (like the Nile delta in Egypt) and the presence of towns with names like Cairo, Thebes, Dongola, and Karnak. As one of the earliest parts of Illinois to be settled, it is no wonder this region is home to so many ghost stories. Mysterious Heartland is proud to bring you this list of the top 10 most haunted places in Southern Illinois! Which place will prove to be the most haunted of them all? [Click here to read this top 10 list!]

4. Top 10 Most Haunted Roads in the Midwest

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Description: Isolated. Foreboding. Dangerous. Lonely roads make a good setting for a ghost story, and there are plenty snaking their way across the American Heartland. But which is the scariest of them all? Mysterious Heartland is proud to bring you our list of the top 10 creepiest roads in the Midwest! Any of these roads makes an excellent spooky night-time trip, but remember, always be conscious of other motorists – especially if they might be of the undead variety! [Click here to read this top 10 list!]

3. Top 10 Most Haunted Colleges in the Midwest

Photo by Michael Fernandes and courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsViews: 143,000+

This was our first truly viral top 10 list, garnering over 90,000 views in two days in January 2014, not to mention press coverage around the Midwest. Description: Leaving home and going to college for the first time can be a very exciting and scary experience, especially if your college shares its campus with the otherworldly and unseen. Almost every college and university has at least one legend or ghost story, but which can lay claim to the title of most haunted? After much debate, Mysterious Heartland brings you the Top 10 Most Haunted Colleges and Universities in the Midwest! [Click here to read this top 10 list!]

2. Top 10 Creepiest Places in Illinois

Haunted_Midwest_Cemeteries_1Views: 156,000+

Our first top 10 list was published in May 2010 and has attracted a steady stream of views ever since. Over the past four years, we have often thought about revising this list, but our readers seem to be happy with it. Description: As we at Mysterious Heartland know, the Prairie State is a very creepy place! Haunted cemeteries, colleges, abandoned hospitals, roads, forests, and schools abound. But what are the most creepy places in Illinois? After much debate, we are happy to bring you the first in a series of “top 10″ places to visit if you are looking for a good scare – the Top 10 Creepiest Places in Illinois. [Click here to read this top 10 list!]

1. Top 10 Creepiest Abandoned Places in Illinois

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Our number one top 10 list has been around since June 2010 and has consistently attracted readers ever since. With the allure of abandoned places and the promise of adventure they contain, it is no wonder this list continues to be so popular! Description: At Mysterious Heartland, we spend a lot of time crawling around the ruins of some of Illinois most notorious and spooky abandoned hospitals, mansions, and schools. But what are the scariest abandoned places in Illinois? After much debate, we are happy to bring you the Top 10 Creepiest Abandoned Places in Illinois! [Click here to read this top 10 list!]

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Haunting Illinois by Michael KleenCheck out these places and more in Michael Kleen’s Haunting Illinois: A Tourist’s Guide to the Weird and Wild Places of the Prairie State! Three years in the making, the 3rd edition of Hunting Illinois is your ticket to adventure in your own backyard. This edition contains 60 new listings and 35 new pictures, for a total of 260 haunted or mysterious locations and more than 120 photos and illustrations. Divided into eight distinct regions and listed by county and town or neighborhood, each location features a description, directions, and sources from a wide variety of books, articles, and websites. Haunting Illinois challenges you to get off the couch and start exploring our wonderful State of Illinois. Go here to order!

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