Congress Plaza Hotel (520 S Michigan Ave, 312-427-3800) You can add in some Chicago history while you hunt down haunts in this mammoth hotel. Locals and tourists alike have told tales of spirits wandering these halls, closing and opening doors. Some say one of the ghosts might be infamous mobster Al Capone. The lobby, hallways and other public places are fair game for a walk-through. To look for a spook in a guest room, you’ll need to find a brave overnight guest with whom you can bunk.
Chicago Hauntings Tours Horrorbles owner John Aranza’s favorite ghost hunts are these tours led by local author Ursula Bielski, particularly the Archer Avenue tour, which might include a glimpse of the ghost of Resurrection Mary at Resurrection Cemetery (7201 Archer Ave, Justice). Tours are $20 for kids ages 8–12, $28 for adults ($35 in October). In October, afternoon and early evening tours offer a good alternative for small kids. Bielski recommends the tours for children starting at about age ten.
Graceland Cemetery (4001 N Clark St, 773-525-1105) Yeah, every cemetery is supposedly haunted. But kids might relate to the ghost of Inez Clarke, a six-year-old killed by lightning who is said to appear here during thunderstorms near the grave of Amos Briggs (she is not buried there, but there is a sculpture of a girl under glass). The cemetery is free and open 8am–4:30pm daily. The office sells a $5 guide so you can find Briggs’ headstone and those of other people of interest. Both the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Chicago History Museum also offer occasional tours.
Jane Addams Hull House (800 S Halsted St, 312-413-5353) The historic home to social justice and immigrants’ rights is said to be haunted by several ghosts, including a baby given up by its family (and brought to Hull House) because they believed it was the devil. Some say the devil baby’s ghost pokes its head out a window at night, so you don’t even have to be inside to be scared. Suggested donation is $5. The museum is open Tuesday–Friday 10am–4pm and Sunday noon–4 pm.