About Windy City Ghost Tours
We’re not just here to tell you stories. We’re here to paint a vivid picture of this city’s history. Through your guide, the Lincoln Park of the past comes to life. Feel the hairs on the back of your neck rise as we paint vivid pictures of the flames of the Great Chicago Fire roaring across the city’s rooftops. Try not to shake as you imagine the ghost of murdered asylum patient Frozen Mary’s ice-cold breath tickling your ear. The guides of Windy City Ghosts love and respect the history they share with you. These stories aren’t just cheap thrills, they’re the legends and the truths that shaped the Chicago we know today.
About Chicago’s Hauntings
Chicago’s haunted history is as rich as its culture. The Windy City’s offerings in art, cuisine, and architecture are matched only by its tales of gangsters, greed, and bloodshed. Settled in the late 1700s but officially incorporated as a city in 1837, Chicago has played a vital role in America’s economic, political, and cultural development. Lincoln Park, one of the city’s cultural and architectural gems, has long been a hub for the ghosts of Chicago’s checkered past.
Join us as we explore Civil War era-burial grounds, haunted hospitals, and the pubs that survived Prohibition but now play host to some sinister spirits. You’ll hear stories of tragedies that will make your skin crawl, tales of ghosts and ghouls that will keep you awake at night. This is not a theatrical reenactment. It’s not a horror movie. The people you will hear about really lived and died here in this grand city by the lake. Just as real are the stories of those who have encountered their ghosts. Our guides are lovers of history and are eager to share their in-depth knowledge with you.
This tour is perfect for people who want to learn more about the Second City’s history, those who would like to get to know a specific Chicago neighborhood in depth, as well as those interested in the paranormal. Everyone is welcome, from ghost tour newbies to history buffs to professional ghost hunters.
Our tour stops are diverse—in the same hour, if you choose our standard tour you’ll stand before 8 haunted sites, like the location of a bloody massacre site and before the gates of Lincoln Park’s charming zoo. The walking itself is never dull—let our guides regale you with stories about the killers and criminals who made brief stops in Lincoln Park throughout its history. Take our extended tour, which adds a further 4 locations and another half-mile of Lincoln Park’s charm, and even more of the creepy stories that lurk on more corners than you’d think!
When your tour is over, you’ll:
- Have an understanding of the unique history of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
- Have seen some of Chicago’s most famous sights.
- Have learned interesting facts about the paranormal realm and its relationship to our own.
- Have stories to scare your friends and family for years to come!
If you dare, come learn about a side of Chicago you never knew.
Why Lincoln Park?
One of Chicago’s oldest neighborhoods, Lincoln Park has been the site of massacres, the stomping ground of serial killers, and was built, quite literally, on the bones of Chicago’s first citizens. That’s right, the neighborhood was one of Chicago’s first cemeteries! On the surface, this neighborhood shines—from its 1200-acre recreational park to its lakefront views and elegant lagoon, to its famous zoo. But scratch the surface, and you’ll find that Lincoln Park’s beautifully constructed old buildings and tastefully landscaped public areas hold endless secrets—and still hum with the ghosts of Al Capone, H.H. Holmes, John Dillinger, and more. Former home to a motley crew of historical figures, from Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum to the prime suspects in the 1980s Tylenol murders, no visit to Chicago is complete without a trip to this weird and wonderful neighborhood.