Chicago has a history that is wrought with tragedy and criminal activity, including the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which tore through the heart of the city, leaving at least 300 people dead and thousands homeless. In the 1920s and ‘30s, mobs ran through the city, killing thousands of victims.
Best Haunted Walking Tours: Take the Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour, where you’ll visit places like disaster sites, a serial killer’s body dump, haunted houses, murder sites, and abandoned graveyards. You can even look for specters at Bachelors Grove Cemetery, renowned as one of the world’s most haunted cemeteries. You’ll learn about the history of the city from its early beginnings as a frontier outpost through the gangster era and today, with tours based on Ursula Bielski’s nearly three decades of ghost hunting in the city and her “Chicago Haunts” book series.
Don’t miss the Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago, which takes you back to the roaring 20s and to Chicago Loop, where you’ll learn about gangster hangouts and haunted sites like the Palmer House, Congress Hotel, and Death Alley.