The Prairie State is home to plenty of strange and unexplained phenomena. From haunted hotels and houses to spooky statues and creepy cemeteries, there are loads of places to go ghost hunting and investigate paranormal activities. Ready for a good scare? Here are some of the most haunted places in Illinois.
7 Most Haunted Places in Illinois
1. H.H. Holmes’ Murder Castle, Chicago
In Chicago Illinois you’ll find the Englewood Post Office. It is on the site where H.H. Holmes’s Murder Castle, one of the most haunted houses in America, once stood. Serial killer Herman Webster Mudgett, aka Dr Henry Howard Holmes terrorised Chicago in the 1800s. He built this creepy castle employing a variety of different builders so nobody would know the real floor plan. The house of horrors had dead ends, odd angles and windowless rooms which were in place to disorient his victims. Workers here today say that the basement is haunted. They get an uneasy, queasy feeling when they go down there.
2. Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago
If you are a fan of things that go bump in the night, then book yourself a room at the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago. Many consider this to be the most haunted hotel in Illinois. Gangster Al Capone haunts the halls here and so too does the ghost of a 6-year-old boy. This little boy died when his mother threw him out of a 12th storey window. Book into Room 441 and see if the female ghost kicks you while you sleep. It has happened to other guests, but maybe she just didn’t like them.
3. Bloods Point Cemetery, Boone County
Founded in 1936, this graveyard is famous for resident ghost Beaula. Apparently, Beaula killed all of her children and this is where she was laid to rest. However, she doesn’t seem to like resting much as she spends much of her time haunting the cemetery. Apart from Beaula, other paranormal activities experienced at the cemetery include seeing hellhounds and ghosts and spirits leaving the gates and roaming along Blood’s Point Road.
4. Graceland Cemetery, Chicago
Another haunted graveyard is Graceland Cemetry located in Uptown in the city of Chicago. Here you’ll find what has to be one of the creepiest statues in the world. Just look at it? Or don’t. Maybe avert your eyes because many individuals report seeing this hooded figure move. American sculptor Lorado Taft designed the Eternal Silence statue in 1909, but most people know it by its other name, the Statue of Death. This is a much more fitting title.
5. Manteno State Hospital, Kankakee County
This one-time psychiatric facility opened in 1930 and all was going well until a deadly bout of typhoid swept through the hospital, killing 47 of its patients. From then on it was underfunded and overcrowded and patients were dying at alarming rates. The hospital shut its doors in 1985 and nowadays a veteran’s home operates on a portion of the ground. Many visitors to the grounds report paranormal activity and say that the spirits of the dead still linger there.
6. Peoria Public Library, Peoria
Do you like ghost stories? Then make your way to the Peoria Public Library in Central Illinois where spirits roam around the stacks of shelves. One of the most prominent ghosts is that of a woman who used to work in the library. Readers report hearing their names being called when there is nobody else around and workers say that books move from the shelves even after they have been put away. Shelves are also known to fall over for unexplained reasons.
7. Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet
Opened in 1926, this stunning theatre in Joliet looks too pretty to be haunted, but apparently, it is as the crew from Ghost Hunters investigated the grounds and said it was one of the most haunted places they had been to. The ghosts of past performers still tread the boards and the spirits of those who killed themselves jumping from the balcony are also still linger.