The Ghosts of Chicago: The Windy City's Most Famous Haunts

The Ghosts of Chicago: The Windy City's Most Famous Haunts

by Adam Selzer


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ISBN-13: 9780738736112
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 09/08/2013
Pages: 339
Sales rank: 511,373
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Adam Selzer is the author of more than a dozen books, including several novels and the acclaimed Smart Aleck's Guide to American History . While doing research for stories to tell on the ghost tours that he's run in Chicago for nearly a decade, he developed a knack for discovering new clues to old mysteries. With his trademark smart-alecky humor, he's applied himself to wading through mountains of death certificates, poring through reels and reels of newspaper archives, and, occasionally, sticking his head right into crumbling old tombs. He lives with his wife in a small Chicago apartment where the cats have them outnumbered and know it. Visit him online

Table of Contents



Glossary and Tips

Chapter 1: The Iroquois Theatre

Chapter 2: Gallows Ghosts

Chapter 3: The Eastland Disaster and the Haunted Morgues

Chapter 4: The Murder Castle of H.H. Holmes

Chapter 5: H.H. Holmes and the Ghosts of Sobieski Street

Chapter 6: The Ghost of Louisa at the Luetgert Sausage Factory

Chapter 7: The Congress Hotel

Chapter 8: Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train

Chapter 9: The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

Chapter 10: Old Town Tatu

Chapter 11: Lincoln Park Ghosts

Chapter 12: The Haunted Hooters

Chapter 13: Fado

Chapter 14: Haunted Nightclubs and Bars

Chapter 15: The Hancock Building

Chapter 16: Resurrection Mary

Chapter 17: St. James of the SAG Churchyard and Other Haunted Cemeteries of Archer Avenue

Chapter 18: Maple Lake

Chapter 19: Dunning Cemetery

Chapter 20: Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery

Chapter 21: Hull House

Chapter 22: Graceland Cemetery

Chapter 23: Mt Carmel Cemetery

Chapter 24: Some Suggested Scares

Chapter 25: Bughouse Square

Chapter 26: Camp Douglas

Chapter 27: Other Notable Haunts


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The Ghosts of Chicago: The Windy City's Most Famous Haunts 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
The Ghosts of Chicago is one of the most thoroughly researched, in-depth books I’ve ever read about ghosts and hauntings. The book talks about all kinds of haunted locations in Chicago and the specters haunted them. Each chapter talks about a different location. He also gives addresses and locations of the sites he mentioned, which makes it a lot easier for non-locals to find them. He talks about the lore and history of each place, and only then starts talking about the ghost sightings over the years, sometimes including his own experiences. There’s an entire chapter about H.H. Holmes and his murder castle, which made me google him and I spent several hours browsing through articles about the man. Murderers and their motives intrigue me almost as much as ghosts do, so this was a welcome distraction. There are also several stories included about Al Capone and his squad of gangsters, so it’s not all ghosts and no history – it’s a pleasant combination of both. Mr. Selzer writes with a hint of humor, and his writing is very entertaining and not condescending at all (a complaint I often have about authors of true haunting books). He isn’t as interested in semi-scientific ghost hunter equipment like EVP meters and such as he is about feeling the vibe of a place, visiting the spots where stories originated from and figuring out for himself whether or not a place qualifies as creepy. I loved that. Sometimes ghost hunters lose themselves in semi-scientific rambling without staying focused on the task at hand: telling us about the ghosts. Mr. Selzer definitely has no problems with that. I’m still amazed by how well-researched this book was, how the writing seemed to flow with an astonishing ease, and how much I enjoyed the overall experience. An excellent read for fans of traveling, ghosts, mystery and history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just purchased this book. I have 14 books on haunted places & this is by far the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago