Haunted Places

Paige Darling, Assistant Multimedia Editor

O’Hare Airport

Majority of people in Chicago do their traveling from O’Hare Airport, but few know that it is haunted. In 1976, Flight 191 exploded into flames killing 271 passengers and crew members. Soon after the crash, the police were called to investigate after motorists reported floating orbs and vanishing figures lurking around the crash site. Since then, there have been claims of voices screaming, moaning, and shouting in the darkness even though there appears to be no one there. There have been alleged sightings of flying phantom aircrafts. Dogs in the area will often snarl, bark and panic for no apparent reason.

Source: Mysteriousuniverse.org



Country House

A well known haunted location is Country House restaurant at 241 55th st., Clarendon Hills. In the 1950s, a woman tried to leave her child with the bartender who she was dating at the time. The pair got into a fight resulting in her leaving quickly. After leaving, it is reported that she crashed into a tree half-mile away in what seemed to be a suicide. People report seeing a woman walking around though the upstairs window outside of the restaurant, along with hearing a crying baby, footsteps and women’s voices. Other odd activity includes moving objects, shutters closing in unison, the scent of flowers and the jukebox playing randomly.

Source: Mysurbanlife.com


Jane Addams Hull House

In 1889, Jane Addams founded Hull House at 800 S. Halsted St., in Chicago, to aid incoming European immigrants. When living in the house she claimed she heard footsteps in the room she slept in. Adams claimed it was the ghost of Charles Hull’s wife, the original owner of the house, who died in the room. Hull House is also the inspiration behind the story Rosemary’s Baby. The story goes, an expecting mother had a picture of the Virgin Mary to bless her pregnancy but her husband, a devout atheist, tore the painting down saying, “I’d rather have the Devil in the house.” Her child was rumored to be born with scaly skin, hooves and horns as if the husband’s wish came true. This tale is purely an urban legend.

Source: Choosechicago.com


Hinsdale ‘cult’

The “cult” founded by Bill Gothard in the 1960s was created to fight against the rise of drug use and violence at the time. Female members would walk arm in arm dressed in identical ankle length skirts, red scarves and Mary Jane shoes to not provoke any inappropriate looks. The cult went largely unnoticed until 2014 when Gothard was accused of sexual assault by members. Rumors have circulated that people have been trapped in the facility as the gates close behind them and followers approaching people in hopes of getting them to join. There has also been speculation of the cult participating in animal sacrifices and late night séance.

Source: The Cult Next Door Documentary, Chicagomag.com