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Top 10 Creepiest Abandoned Places in Illinois

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! Editors note: after receiving word that the Old Milton School is now a thriving small business incubator (and no longer abandoned), we have removed it and updated our list.

10. The Sweetin Home

Walkerville Township, Greene County

Otherwise known as “the old stone house,” the remnants of this manor were, at one time, part of a mansion built in 1848 by a stockman named Azariah Sweetin. Though nothing but a shell today, a grand ballroom once occupied the third floor, a ballroom that was the scene of murder. During a farewell gala for newly enlisted Union soldiers, two farmhands, Henson and Isham, got into an argument that ended with one thrusting a knife into the back of the other. The wounded man fell down by the fireplace and bled to death. According to legend, his blood seeped into the stone floor and formed an outline of his body. The stain could never be removed.

As the war raged, Azariah Sweetin didn’t want to take any chances, so he stuffed all his gold coins into jars and buried them around his property. Unfortunately, an equestrian accident in 1871 rendered him without any memory of where he had buried his money. After his death, his ranch was purchased by Cyrus Hartwell, who also lived there until he died. Treasure seekers soon tore the mansion apart, but no one has ever found Azariah’s gold. Storytellers say Azariah’s ghost—alongside snakes—now guards his lost loot.

9. Axeman’s Bridge

Crete, Illinois

There’s nothing unusual about the concrete bridge over Plum Creek along Old Post Road. In the woods to the northeast, however, sits a rickety steel bridge, currently collapsed into the water. It is tagged with graffiti. For years, local teens imagined that this was the scene of a gruesome axe murder. Some said the Axeman (or Ax-Man) killed a group of kids he caught trespassing on his property. Others tied the tale to the abandoned house nearby, claiming that the man had chopped up his family and then murdered two police officers who came to investigate. When backup arrived, they chased the man to the old steel bridge, where they shot him dead. Today, there are still remains of a house scattered in the woods.

8. Peoria State Hospital

Bartonville, Illinois

The hospital began in 1885 as Bartonville State Hospital. No patients were ever housed or treated in that building, however, and it was torn down in 1897. The institution was rebuilt and reopened in 1902 with a new name and a new superintendent. Now called Peoria State Hospital, a progressive physician named Dr. George A. Zeller took over the facility and instituted new, more humane treatments for mental illness. During his tenure there, he recorded many stories of daily life, including some that were almost beyond belief.

The main story associated with the hospital concerns the unusual circumstances surrounding the death of one of the patients, A. Bookbinder. Dr. Zeller assigned Bookbinder to the hospital’s burial corps, and he performed his job admirably. Old Book, as he was sometimes called, mourned the passing of each and every person he helped inter in the cemetery. When Bookbinder died, Dr. Zeller wrote that four hundred staff and patients observed his ghost mourning at his own funeral just as he had for countless others while he was alive. They even opened the coffin to confirm that Old Book was really dead. His corpse was securely inside.

7. Devil’s Gate

Libertyville, Illinois

According to local legend, sometime in the distant past a private all-girls school stood behind the set of iron gates off of a sharp bend in River Road, deep inside what became the Independence Grove Forest Preserve. One day, a maniac broke into the school and abducted several of the girls. He killed each one and mounted their severed heads on the spikes of the gate. Every full moon, the heads reappear on the rusted spikes.

In reality, this property, known as the Doddridge Farm, passed through several incarnations as a summer camp. It opened as the Katherine Kreigh Budd Memorial Home for Children in 1926. Between 1936 and the early 1980s, the Catholic archdiocese operated it as St. Francis Boys Camp. The archdiocese then sold the camp to the Forest Preserve, who knocked down all the buildings and converted the nearby gravel pit into a lake. The gate to St. Francis still sits at the entrance to what is now a horse and bike trail.

Check 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!

6. Vishnu Springs

Colchester, Illinois

Vishnu Springs was a once-thriving resort community. Attracted to the natural spring’s healing properties, an entrepreneur named Darius Hicks inherited the land and built a hotel he called the Capital Hotel. Other people soon arrived to live and work there, but the isolated nature of the resort impeded its growth. During the early 1900s, several deadly incidents and scandals tarnished the community, and when Darius Hicks committed suicide in 1908, no one remained who was willing to invest their energy in the resort. During the 1970s, a group of hippies made a short lived attempt to turn it into a commune. Today, all that remains is the old hotel—a shadow of what it once was. Some visitors have reportedly seen the ghost of a lady in black wandering the grounds. Olga Kay Kennedy, a Western Illinois University alumnus, inherited Vishnu Springs from her grandparents and gifted it to the university in 2003. According to her wishes, all 140 acres will be turned into a wildlife sanctuary.

5. Hartford Castle

Hartford, Illinois

“Hartford Castle” is the colloquial name for a mansion that formerly stood on a tract of land just outside of Hartford, Illinois, across the river from St. Louis. The mansion’s actual name was Lakeview, but few besides the original owner referred to it as such. The original owner was a French immigrant named Benjamin Biszant, who built the imposing home for his bride, an Englishwoman whose name has apparently been lost to history. Eventually, Biszant’s wife died and, perhaps, the pain was too much for him to remain at Lakeview. He sold the mansion and moved west. A number of owners and tenants occupied the estate until the last owners abandoned it in the 1960s. In 1972, vandals destroyed the interior, and a fire ravaged the grounds a short time later. Today, the Hartford Castle is nothing more than a hole in the ground, surrounded by concrete debris and a shallow moat. Several of the original gazebos remain behind.

4. Electrolux Building (former)

Bloomington, Illinois

ElectroluxFirst used as a hospital, this building has a complicated history that no doubt contributes to its paranormal activity. Originally the Kelso Sanitarium, Mennonite Church leaders purchased that building in 1919 after their first hospital became overcrowded. The sanitarium was renamed Mennonite Hospital, and specialized in adult long-term care. In July 1984, Mennonite Hospital combined with two other area hospitals to create the BroMenn healthcare system. In 1998, the old Mennonite Hospital building was sold to a vacuum cleaner company called Electrolux. Something from its years as a hospital remained, however. Old photographs and writing on some of the walls left by former patients has not been removed. According to former employees, there is a haunted room on the 3rd floor. Odd noises, as well as the ever-present smell of death, prevent its use. This “death room” remains locked to this day. In 2011, Electrolux closed its office in Bloomington and moved to Charlotte, NC.

3. Chanute Air Force Base

Rantoul, Illinois

Chanute Air Force Base opened in Rantoul in July 1917 and was a vital part of the local 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 remain abandoned. Inevitably, local kids exploring the abandoned parts of the base in the past few years have begun to bring home unusual stories. Some visitors have, through the broken windows, reported seeing an officer working at his desk. Others say they have seen phantom airmen strolling the weed-choked sidewalks or sitting in the cockpits of the planes behind the Air Museum. On September 13, 2001, at 10pm, a police K-9 unit responded to a trespassing call at White Hall, one of the largest abandoned buildings on base. Dutch, an experienced canine with 957 drug arrests under his collar, pursued something up to the roof, where he suddenly and unexpectedly leapt 15 feet off the building and fell to his death.

2. Sunset Haven

Carbondale, Illinois

The Jackson County Poor Farm became known as Sunset Haven during the 1940s when it was converted into a nursing home. The nursing home closed in 1957 and Southern Illinois University purchased the property to expand its agricultural program. During the 1970s, the university made an effort to locate all the unmarked graves of the dead that had been buried during Sunset Haven’s years as a poor farm. The graves are supposedly located in a grove of trees behind the building. Sometime later, the name was changed again, this time to the ‘Vivarium Annex,’ where sources say it was used for animal research. The building is currently abandoned, although emergency drills have been staged on the property. The building’s final closure and decay inevitably led to stories of ghosts and other horrors, and the atmosphere inside the structure lent itself to rumors of medical experiments gone awry. Update: Sunset Haven was demolished in 2013.

1. Manteno State Hospital

Manteno, Illinois

Manteno State Hospital opened its doors in the early 1930s as construction on the sprawling hospital was still ongoing. Like Peoria (Bartonville) State Hospital, Manteno was laid out in a “cottage plan,” which meant that the patients were housed in a series of separate buildings rather than in one single institution. When it first opened, Manteno accommodated 6,620 total residents. Underground service tunnels linked all the buildings. In 1939, in an incident that Time magazine referred to as the “Manteno Madness,” 384 patients and staff came down with typhoid fever and more than 50 ultimately died.

Manteno State Hospital was later renamed the Manteno Mental Health Center and closed in 1985. The north side of campus became a veteran’s home. Other buildings were consolidated into the Illinois Diversatech Campus and rented to businesses. The main administration building became a bank. Despite public health concerns, a housing project called Fairway Oaks Estates was recently built at the location. Since the hospital’s closure, many people have visited its remains and have come away with strange stories. They have seen apparitions of patients and nurses, and have heard voices over the long-defunct intercom.

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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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  1. CyberDave says:

    You suppose that there are inexpensive rooms to rent at the Peoria Hospital? Ghost Hunters was there so I know it isn’t haunted….

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    • The fact Ghost Hunters went there and said it wasn’t haunted does not by any means define it as not being haunted. It does not define it as haunted either. It just means that they didn’t find anything during that investigation. It’s like going to the ocean and not seeing a shark. It doesn’t mean they don’t exist, it just means you didn’t see them at that time.

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    • monkeystomper says:

      I have visited the Manteno place and I found a monster! it was still cold and bubbly, like it had been just opened.

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    • i lived in bartonville 4 houses away from the hospital………AND I ASSURE YOU ….ITS HAUNTED

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    • that doesnt mean anything, ive been there with my father and we’ve walked the whole hospital. theres more to it than you think. ive got pictures and recordings and so does he. they were also taken when the group that we entered with was upstairs and on the other side of the building. (no we did not walk off, my father know the owner who used to give tours)

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      • hello my friend and I would like go to this hospital, and I was wondering if I could ask you for permission to walk through it. We just what to take a few pictures and explore.

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  2. tellsitlikeitis says:

    I take it you were never there and maybe you should check it out yourself. I know someone who has pictures of this place and sorry to inform you, but very haunted. Some of the pictures are chilling to the fact. Cameras catch what the naked eye can’t. I also have been in a paranormal investigating group, so I do know about these kinds of things. I would like to get re-involved with another paranormal group, but…haven’t found one as of yet.

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    • kanati says:

      I’ve been there MANY times and I’ve never had one experience at the old Peoria Mental Hospital, and the atmosphere there is quite at ease. I would be hard pressed to say that the main building OR the cafeteria OR the power station is haunted. I have also never had any experience at the graveyard though there are many reports there. There are reports from the outlying buildings but those are now businesses and as such aren’t available to “ghost hunting”. For that matter the main buildings aren’t either. Only because I knew the owner was I able to get access on many occasions.

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    • tellsitlikeitis where are you located?

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    • Do you know how one could get legal permission to visit these places?

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  3. Steve says:

    Come by Axe mans bridge on a weekday night (teens don;t like us spoiling their party)

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  4. Just me says:

    Manteno: What was the public health concern for the Fairway Oaks Estates? They finally are building house number 3 there. The lots are overpriced and very small so that development never really took off. I work in one of those old buildings and have to say I am sorry to see the decay that happened to such nice buildings before they have been torn down or revamped.

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  5. jerry godsey says:

    i would like to check this places out during the day if i had a way i used ti ghost hunt with guy winters long time ago it was fun ive been to the ohare house in greencastle greencastle cemery on the hill it has a cave leads soposely under the grave yard , and four arches n greencastle hells gates spook hill light n brazil indiana i move to rockford illnois i like to visist some soposly haunted places here n illnois if i could it was fun reading your storeis

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  6. Amanda Jackson says:

    This list is terribly inaccurate. Milton School is currently owned by a couple in their late 20’s, they have done extensive remodeling to the school, the couple lives upstairs and the main floors are now offices, studios, and other things of that nature. Been there many times, I’m actually friends with the owners.

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    • Thank you for the update, Amanda. This list was originally written in 2010, so it was accurate according to my understanding at the time. I wouldn’t mind speaking with the owners to get more information. Would you mind sending me their email address? You can send it to mysteriousheartland@blackoakmedia.org Thank you, and have a wonderful Christmas!

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      • juliaowlstar says:

        They have been there since 2009, but it could conceivably been thought to still be abandoned until the couple married there in 2011. That marked the shift toward the building being a thriving cultural cornerstone of the area versus a dilapidated old creep fest. The wedding shifted the focus from building an inhabitable and cleared-out building to building a useful and diverse home for innovative and creative businesses.

        I sincerely hope that young people are inspired by the Elliotts and choose to revamp all of the places from creepy to creative to benefit their communities.

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      • Melissa Crockett says:

        You can find more information on their Facebook page, The Milton Schoolhouse, or on their website which I believe is at http://www.vivantproject.com/

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  7. lorraine buenting says:

    Wow to see Chanute on this list is neat. My father was station here in 1965 where we stayed until her retired and then moved to a small town near by. I still go on this old base alot i love taking pictures out there.

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    • I was stationed there from Oct.1981-April 1982 for tech school. I have seen a lot of pictures of the way it is now.It’s sad to see a place that was once bustling with activity so dilapidated.

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  8. christina ladage says:

    You forgot Ashmore Estates in Ashmore IL. Creepy not to mention I have seen people in the building when there aren’t any.

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    • Ashmore Estates has made several of our other top 10 lists, but not this one because it was being used as a haunted attraction at the time we wrote it.

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    • Daidra says:

      I’ve been to Ashmore Estates with my daughter while she was in college in Spring 2016 to do a little mother/daughter bonding while visiting the haunted house, lol! We talked to this cute little elderly gentleman while we were there and we could have talked to him for hours. He told us the place was getting fixed up, etc., since the house was celebrating its 100th birthday with a party that Fall. Before we saw him, I took a couple of pictures of my daughter who stood underneath the Ashmore Estates sign in front of the front door with my digital camera. Later on that night, I looked at them and said, “No way!” There was a huge white orb which had moved from here to there that was next to my daughter. Yes, it was in broad daylight and there was no way it was faked. I thought it was cool and creepy at the same time. I showed the pictures to my daughter and her roomies the next day and thought that maybe it was her guardian angel.

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  9. I’m surprised that the Old Slave House (the Crenshaw House) in Gallatin County didn’t make the list. I visited there about 25 years ago and have never forgotten how haunted it felt.

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  10. Shorty24 says:

    I can’t believe that “Hazel Dell” or “Cheney House” isn’t on here. Although southern IL is well represented. They are both located in and outside Jerseyville, IL. Hazel Dell is a Victorian mansion, of which I know to be haunted. Witnessed many things myself. Was a sister restaurant in the 1990’s to the Lemp Mansion in StL, MO. Now it serves as Olden Days festivals and Civil War reinactments. Cheney House is a mansion that also served as an underground railroad with slave quarters. It currently houses the historical society. Worth a look??

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  11. Linzie says:

    You forgot about camp Ellis down in Ipava, IL. That is one of the creepiest places I’ve been. There is the old fun range and the old airport as well as some other abandoned buildings close to Bernadotte.

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  12. Most terrifying place I’ve ever been is the old jail house in Charleston, SC. If I get within 2 blocks of this place I start shaking, and can’t catch my breath. My knees go weak. My ears start ringing. And…..I’m not even into this stuff.

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  13. Tonette Stasko says:

    I used live by a,xeman bridge growing up..n the story is that he killed his wife hung himself n that when you go down that road over the bridge headlights appear in your rearview mirror

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  14. Leigh says:

    Seeing the hartwell/sweetin house made me smile! I lived not far from this growing up…even wrote a research paper that touched on the history there. Even still I try to stop by in the fall and get some pics of what’s left of the old beauty!!

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  15. Allen says:

    4. Old Milton School
    East Alton, Illinois.
    Correction. It located in Alton on Milton Road. For those who may be looking to drive by and take a picture of the school.

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  16. #4- The Old Milton School, is actually in Alton, not East Alton… and it’s not abandoned.

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  17. I must say I was amazed to learn that there was a castle in Hartford, Illinois! I have lived in the surrounding area all my 58 years and am just now hearing about this. lol Thanks for the information…now to go find it in person 😀

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    • What about the old Shaprio Developmentally Center cemetery. Or even the grounds.

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      • Against state law to even enter grounds. If your not a employee you are trespassing and will be arrested.

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      • Marcus Vallinius says:

        The abandoned building that used to have doctors, and staff accomodations gives out very bad vibes. Also people that have worked in the administration building have seen apparitions, and have heard footsteps coming down the staircase behind the Operator, on the evening/night shift.

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      • RedBud says:

        Been to that cemetery lots of times…LOL and no I have never got questioned by a cop or anybody far as that goes…Not much going on there to be honest…The cemetery is by parks so access is easy…

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      • I’ve worked with mentally and physically challenged individuals for almost 20 years in Pontiac, Champaign, and Chicago, IL. For years I heard nothing but horror stories about Shapiro as well as it’s Cemetery. Always wanted to go check it out…

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  18. Sorry folks, The Milton School isn’t abandoned and hasn’t been since 2009. Check it out: http://www.facebook.com/themiltonschoolhouse

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  19. m. elston says:

    Milton school? Have a look at www. Themiltonschoolhouse. Com or become one of the 3200 facebook fans who know the place is FAR from abandoned.

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    • I take it this is Meredith, co-owner of the Milton Schoolhouse? I would love to interview you for a post about the revitalization of your building. I haven’t read anything about the location since 2009 or 2010, when I wrote this list, so you’ll have to forgive me for not being completely up to date.

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  20. Carmen Morris says:

    Awesome

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  21. I’ve lived near Chanute all my life (attended airshows as a kid and used military services there while in the army). Still go on post occasionally. I have never heard of any unusual occurrences on post, nor did I hear about a drug dog leaping to his death from one of the buildings. Those are the kind of things that tend to get spread around here, so I’m wondering if maybe this is a story someone made up. I could be wrong, and if I am, I’d appreciate someone pointing me to a news story (print or web address) that would correct me. I do agree that some of the abandoned buildings are pretty creepy, but if you spend time on any military post with abandoned buildings, you know that it’s the nature of those types of buildings to look creepy.

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    • Me too and remember this perfectly. Page 10-11 of this pdf.

      http://www.uspcak9.com/pdf/valor.pdf

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      • Thank you, WJ, for posting this link. It seems like such an unbelievable story, but it is 100 percent true (albeit unfortunate…)

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      • Kevin says:

        Thank you for correcting me. I’ve found a couple of other mentions of it myself and am surprised I didn’t hear about it when it happened.

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      • Well this is interesting. I have a co-worker that lives near the base and I myself go to the Rantoul Aviation Center for when we have autocross sessions.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, I was one of those kids bringing home stories, because stupid teenagers don’t realize they can get arrested for criminal trespass. I had several separate experiences were in the building across the street from White Hall (and I was in and out of White a couple of times in my teens), building 300, and Grissom Hall (which I was in legally while my mother was employed there). Someone from out of town once stopped to ask directions during an air show, looked around, shivered, and said she’d “never experienced such bad vibes; how can you live in this town?”. I have also heard people call Rantoul “the most haunted burg in Illinois”.

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    • Darlene says:

      Moving to Illinois planning on visiting these places, just for the thrill of it, honestly any old abandon buildings look scarey, and I remember when I wasyoung, we always had strange myths of them. If there was a mean old man in our hood, we always had stories of him or her cooking, eating, or killin kids. Maybe a part of growing up and scaring the rap out of each other

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    • The story about the drug K9 falling off of the roof @ Chanute is true. I worked in Rantoul for years and remember when it happened. My Friend’s husband worked with the Dog’s (Police) partner. Check out Nevada township cemetery. Pretty haunted/very hidden. Right outside of Odell, il. Between Odell & Dwight…

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  22. The Carbondale place is pretty creepy, was there once when visiting SIU.

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  23. daisy says:

    You would be amazed at how NOT abandoned the Milton School House is. I go twice a month for a massage there and have for almost a year. There is a cheesecake shop, a photographer’s studio, a coffee shop being built, and a dog groomers also being built. Beautiful building!

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    • Thank you, Daisy, for the update. This list was originally written in 2010, so it was accurate according to my understanding at the time. I try to be as accurate as possible, but sometimes situations change (for better or worse), and I depend on folks like you to keep me updated.

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  24. Melissa Crockett says:

    I am a resident of Alton, Illinois and I can assure you that the former Milton School site is far from abandoned. It is, rather, a growing and thriving business incubator owned and operated by a very vibrant young couple, Joel and Meredith Elliott. Check your facts! Otherwise, a very interesting read.

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    • Thank you, Melissa. This list was originally written in 2010, so it was accurate according to my understanding at the time. I try to be as accurate as possible, but sometimes situations change (for better or worse), and I depend on folks like you to keep me updated. I’m glad to hear that exciting things are happening at the building. A lot of these old places have been torn down, so it’s great when someone revitalizes them.

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  25. Bob Gleason says:

    When I was a kid, Voorhies Castle south of Bement was the creepiest place I have ever been. Of course it was almost midnight and the clock tower was still there.

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  26. Tatiana says:

    Bartonville has Halloween tours now and is owned by some group. Why isn’t the old Soldiers and Sailors school in Normal, IL on this list? I’ve been in the basement level and its terribly fun and terrifying!

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  27. Chris says:

    I’ve worked security in the “Electrolux” building, back when it was Bro-Menn Life Care. Yes, there is a room on the third floor, nobody would even open the door. As for the Old Soldiers and Sailors home. There really aren’t a lot of stories behind it. Yes, the infirmary is a creepy building, but not thought to be haunted. No one died of horrible causes their and the orphans who called the main building home were well treated. There are some great old buildings, but no tragedies to speak of.

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  28. L'Erin Ragon says:

    I’m the professor of Paranormal Research and Investigation at John A. Logan college and wanted to inform you that sadly Sunset Haven in Carbondale has recently been demolished 😦 you may wish to consider adding the home of Dr. James Armour to your list, located in Cave In Rock the now deceased professor of psychology and heir to the Armour neat packing fortune built a “castle” consisting of 5 homes on the riverfront and surrounded by stone castle walls. When I was a real estate broker I had the home for sale and HGTV filmed a segment with me naming it as one of America’s creepiest homes 🙂

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  29. lisa papineau says:

    I live a couple blocks from number one and my grandma worked there during the time it was the manteno mental hospital, it is now part the illinois veterans home and other different businesses throughout the separate buildings, it has many stories most of which are true, and a cemetery outside the grounds most dont know about.

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  30. ananomyus says:

    The Manteno Mental Hospital is definitely haunted. The location is not far from my house. In high school, that was the creepy place to go investigate. I’ve seen actual footage of a ghost patiently waiting outside an office. It then stands up and walks away from the camera. I rewound the video tape (yes, video tape) about a hundred times to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. That image will never leave my mind and the other experiences that happened on the grounds will stay with me forever… made me a true believer – ghosts do exist.

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    • RedBud says:

      I live 6 miles from this place…Been there many many times before they started building houses and were only a handful of businesses out there…I can say I have not experienced any ghosts…I will say there seems to be a funky vibe at 1st…My thinking is you have anticipation built in your head before you get there…The cemetery isn’t no secret at all…I worked for M&D Balloons at the campus years ago and I have a friend that currently rents out one of those building dirt cheap for his band to practice in…My mother worked and retired from the Veteran’s Home…She has not experienced any odd things there either…Odd ghost wise 😉

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  31. mccoyinpink says:

    What about Blood’s Point in Rockford Illinois? When I went there, many years ago, it was kind of hard to find, considering all the street signs were either painted over or stolen by vandals. It is a road and cemetery, though I don’t know if that was the actual name of the cemetery. It had some pretty creepy headstones, including a giant upright hand and a cement tree.

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  32. To the writer: Have you looked into ISSCS or the old Soldiers and Sailors Home in Normal, IL? This is in my hometown and is very creepy. I believe it was purchased by the town of Normal some years ago for a $1. Many of the buildings have been renovated but there are a few that are still in a very creepy state. I myself have explored a lot of the buildings when they were run down and abandoned which included a boiler room which was partially flooded for sometime, and has since been restored, and the old school which included a auditorium with creepy goats on the walls with red eyes. The old school has now been bought by the Baby Fold and restored. But there are still several buildings that I think would qualify to make the list of creepiest places in Illinois….

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    • I always intended to check it out, but unfortunately never made it over there – though I recall doing some preliminary research on the place several years ago.

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  33. schmagab says:

    My mother used to work at Electrolux on the 3rd floor, I have been in the room with the writings on the walls. My favorite was the one that said “this is your brain on drugs” with splatter paint around it. I thought it was the funniest thing at the time just cause someone out of there mind without drugs did it. That part of the hospital was used as a ward for a very few mental patients. For my mother’s work it was a mail room full of random papers. my mother would tell me stories when she came home about how things would randomly fall over in there and on her way in every morning the elevator door would open on there own for her without hitting the botton. I always thought it was funny that they kept there vacuums in the morgue. So next time your using your Electrolux and it’s more than 4 years old…it was probably kept were dead body’s used to be.

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  34. People never seem to mention that buildings at the Manteno State Hospital were also used for firefighter training. Fire departments from all over illinois used to take academy classes down there. I went there as an instructor before and often remained in smoke filled buildings waiting for the next group to come in. Never failed that I would go looking for where I thought I heard other instructors talking or I’d be responding to someone talking to me or I’d walk where I just seen someone else walking in the smoke only to find that I was alone in the building. Also had several others refuse to go back in after hearing or seeing something paranormal. I never felt threatened in there just knew I was probably being watched and they were probably trying to figure out what I was with full bunker gear, scba, air mask, helmet and flashlights on.

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  35. Are any of these places still accessible for an avid photographer these days?

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  36. Kimberlee horn says:

    Are any of these places suitable for a wedding ? wedding outside, reception inside. wanting the old creepy look.

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  37. tim thomson says:

    Also Mennonite Hospital, where I was born in 1963 in also just torn down. Someone else born in that building was George Lincoln Rockwell who was the founder of the American Nazi Party. They used to do a “wreath service” for him every year at one time.
    http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/nearly-century-old-mennonite-hospital-building-being-razed/article_2b82e477-2aa7-5e5f-81ab-c18ad2af32b6.html

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  38. What about the Rouse home? The first family’s child murdered both parents, then a night guard was killed in the middle of the night, then a mafia related murder occurred, and finally, an unexplained fire destroyed the mansion.

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  39. carlonlaw says:

    In Bloomington, Illinois the building which was Kekso Sanitarium then Mennonite Hospital then Eureka Williams has been demolished.

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  40. Charles pratt says:

    The electrolux/Mennonite hospital has now been demolished as of the fall of 2015 and the peoria hospital is now scheduled to be disassembled brick by brick in order to resale the limestone that the building is constucted of. The wailing tree of old book still stands despite heavy storm damage earlier this year.

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  41. jonathan says:

    Manteno has been torn down thats sad now i cant visit it at night dam

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  42. Mary Ostrom says:

    Manteno State was the coolest ever. Until last year there was one vacant building still standing that people could get in to. We did many ghost hunts there. Was very creepy. Unfortunately, the last time I drove by, it was tore down. There are buildings left. However, they they are owned by businesses that do not like solicitors. Wish they would have kept the vacant building there. I would love to have gone back again…… And again!!!

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  43. I attended Illinois Wesleyan and the Electrolux building was connected to my dorm (Martin Hall) which I believe used to be housing for nursing students when it was the Mennonite Hospital. I never went inside, although there was allegedly an underground tunnel that connected the two buildings. It was still Electrolux when I attended school and would walk past some of the workers on their smoke breaks on my way back from class. Never saw anything weird, but the dark windows at night would creep us out. Wish I would’ve asked some of those workers if they ever had any weird experiences there. The building is now demolished and I believe the residence hall is up for sale. Not sure if it still used by the university.

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  44. Jennie Wiley says:

    The Electrolux plant in Bloomington Illinois was torn down this past year 2016. Im a resident of the city.

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  45. Lee Blocks says:

    I know there are a quite few buildings in Springfield that are abandoned. In fact, there is one right next to the governor’s mansion. I’ve wanted to try exploring it, but I’m worried that it might be a secret spot for the mansion’s security and I would sneak in and be surprised by a security team or something. The city has recognized that it does have a lot of abandoned locations and is working to fill/ demolish these buildings (or so they say.)

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  46. Electrolux building has been raised by the city. It no longer exists.

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  47. scott says:

    do you know if they have real tours of any of these places

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