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The White City…with a Dark Past

Lake Michigan’s famed metropolis seems to have it all—and then some. Maybe you’ve come to Chicago to catch a comedy show at Second City, try the famous deep dish pizza, or take a stroll through Millennium Park. Maybe you’re a Chicago native who’s walked these streets a million times before. Either way, the beauty that towers above you in Chicago’s magnificent skyscraper is mirrored by a darkness that lurks below the busy streets. Are you brave enough to peer beneath the surface?

Go back in time with us to an era of gangsters, bootleggers, bank robbers, and jazz babies. Our nightly tours take you through Lincoln Park, a beautiful North Side neighborhood with a twisted past. Learn about the forgotten burial ground that is the foundation of this bustling neighborhood. Check the bathroom mirrors in the Lion House of the Lincoln Park Zoo to make sure the ghost of a Victorian woman in white isn’t standing right behind you. Learn what spirit haunted Al Capone to the end of his days. On our Ghosts of Lincoln Park tour, you’ll hear the strange and disturbing tales associated with each of our carefully selected tour stops. From the occult history of Prohibition-era pubs to the shifting statues of the lovely Oz Park, Lincoln Park is home to plenty of urban legends you may have heard scraps of—but through our guides, you’ll hear the detailed, thoroughly researched stories you can’t get anywhere else.

Location:

All Ghost Tours meet at Julia Porter Park (N Lincoln Ave and Fullerton) at the tours scheduled time. Don’t worry, the park is tiny—you’ll see us!

Distance:

The standard tour route is 1 mile. Eight different locations are included in our standard tour. Our extended tour includes four extra locations, adding 1 mile to the distance for a total distance of 2.0 miles.

When:

Tours are held every night. Please arrive at least ten minutes early and allow plenty of time for parking and walking to the location. Tours are held rain or shine! Call for tour Times.

Admission:

Admission for the Ghosts of Lincoln Park tour must be purchased ahead of time on our site. Click “Buy Tickets” to bring up the ticket order process, fill the (short!) form out completely, and confirm your reservation, then… you’re done! You do NOT need to print your tickets or worry about mobile passes! After completing your tour reservation online, you’ll automatically be added to the admission list for your tour time and date. Simply bring your ID with you for us to verify your reservation before your tour begins.

Parking:

Pay-to-Park is available on North Lincoln Ave and Fullerton. Limited free parking is available on side streets such as N Orchard and N Burling. Fullerton CTA stop is within walking distance of the starting point.

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We also provide tours for large or private groups. Visit our Group Tours page to learn more about our group tour options and how to organize a tour suited for your group’s unique needs.

Meet Up Location

FAQ

Please see your booking details for meeting location. There are neighboring parking garages and street parking that are available in the area.
Group size varies based on time of year and demand. We can keep everyone in your party in the same group. We've been doing this for years, and manage group size to ensure guests have a great experience. In the event you can't hear your tour guide, let them know, or move closer to them.
Pets are welcome as long as they do not disrupt ot distract from the tour
The arrival time will be listed on your confirmation email and in the available tour times when you click the book button
Please do not call us, the best way to reach us is by email using the contact form on this website
Book a tour and check the +1 box for each person in your group where it says “Extended Tour” at checkout to add an extended Ghost tour.
An extended tour takes you to a few additional locations when the regular tour ends. This adds about four new places and 30 minutes to your tour- highly recommended
Please contact us directly for pricing and availability. We do not do private tours under 30 persons. If you have a group under 30, please order directly from the website's book now option.
Tours are held rain or shine. We will contact you if the tour is cancelled.
Please only attend the tour for the day and time you are booked, as another day or time may not be available. If you need to reschedule, please contact us by email first. There is a $10 per order (not person) rebooking fee for each schedule change.
As it is unfair to other guests, we do not wait for late or no show parties. Please remember to arrive to the correct location on time! We do not grant refunds to guests who fail to arrive to the appointed place on time and miss their tour.
Please email us with the contact form
Ghost plush are small soft ghost souvenirs you can take home and keep as a friendly friend, or to give to someone as a gift!
Order a tour and check the +1 box for each item during the checkout process
No, but some of the locations you can visit during the day for free. We simply wouldn't have the time to focus on as many stories as we do if we were to enter each one, and we wish to focus on the stories, and leave the exporing up to you!
15 minutes before the start of your tour
No, this is a walking tour.
Yes, but there may be some grassy and cobblestone areas
Yes, you are welcome to take photos of the locations we visit!
No, videos are not allowed
No, there is no smoking allowed on the tour
We do not allow intoxicated guests or drinking on the tour- we will promptly ask those in violation to leave

Cancellation and Refund Policy