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The Best Haunted Sites for Local Frights

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on September 22, 2022   |   Updated on May 26
1890s file photo of H.H. Holmes' Murder Castle

H.H. Holmes’ Murder Castle in Englewood in the mid-1890s. (Chicago History Museum / Getty)

Spooky season is fast approaching, and we’re rounding up some local spots that would scare anyone — except, uh, us.

H.H. Holmes’ Murder Castle in Englewood
Know that post office on 63rd? Serial killer H.H. Holmes lured visitors from the 1893 World Fair to torture and kill there. Do we think Keanu Reeves and others will film at the site for the upcoming “The Devil in the White City” series?

The Drake Hotel in Streeterville
Two ghosts haunt the hotel: A Woman in Red who caught her cheating husband in 1920 and a Woman in Black who fatally shot a socialite in 1944.

Graceland Cemetery in Uptown
Look into the eyes of the “Eternal Silence” statue, and it’s rumored you’ll see an image of your death, or you might be haunted by a young girl who was fatally struck by lightning in the mid-19th century.

Camp Douglas in Bronzeville
You might see the ghosts of Confederate soldiers who were kept at this prison camp during the Civil War.

If you want some more spooky locations, there are lots of haunted houses in the Chicagoland to check out, too.

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