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The best haunted tours in Chicago

Learn the chilling tales and gruesome lore on these haunted tours in Chicago

Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki
Visitors explored the gorgeous, antique interior of the Congress Plaza Hotel downtown during Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

Haunted houses and horror films are all about experiencing immediate terror, but haunted tours are more of a slow burn. These haunted tours in Chicago come with robust, terrifying stories that make a guy in makeup saying “boo!” seem like total child’s play. Learn about the creepy underbelly of old Chicago haunts at these chilling haunted tours. You’ll be spooked to learn all the horrifying things that happened right in your neighborhood.

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The best haunted tours in Chicago

Chicago Hauntings Bus Tour

Join author and 25-year paranormal researcher Ursula Bielski (yes, a ghost hunter named Ursula, so cool) and her staff on a darkly historic two-hour bus tour through Chicago’s bloody past. Visit Chicago’s “most actively haunted sites,” like the death site of Chicago's most famous ghost, "Resurrection Mary," and relive events like the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. This tour is not recommended for children under 8. See the schedule for up-to-date availability.

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Until Mon Oct 31

Chicago Halloween Haunted Cruise

A little less spooky, the Chicago Halloween Haunted Cruise is an hour-long cruise that the whole family will love. A ghostly character will guide you through the off and strange side of Chicago, steering clear of the truly horrific. 

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Until Sun Oct 30
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Bizarre Bucktown

This year-round walking tour explores the oddities and mysteries of the West Side neighborhood. Though it may seem totally cute and normal, Bucktown has a lot of fascinating secrets underneath it all. You’ll view the shiny bohemian neighborhood in a very different way after the informative, 90-minute stroll.

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Until Sat Oct 29

Haunted Segway Tour

Why take a haunted walking tour when you can take a haunted Segway tour? Explore the spooky underbelly of Chicago history along the Chicago River for two hours on this Haunted Segway Tour. Be warned, they’re bloody stories, mostly centered around infamous gangster murders and disasters. You just might feel Chicagoans coming back from the dead. This tour is only for kids ages 12 and up.

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Until Sun Oct 30
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Seadog Haunted Tours

Explore Chicago’s creepy past while cruising through the city’s most gorgeous architecture. Throw on your most gruesome and/or clever costume for this nighttime cruise, which departs from Navy Pier. A tour guide will highlight supernatural occurrences in down town Chicago.  

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Until Sun Oct 30

Chicago Ghost Tours

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Explore Chicago’s dark past on this free and guided walking tour. You'll hear gruesome and true tales from our city’s history while exploring creepy and bloodied sites like the thought-to-be haunted Congress Hotel, Death Alley and the 1900s red light district. This tour is not for the faint of heart (or queasy of stomach), so it’s probably best to leave the kiddos at home. The tour begins in front of the Congress Plaza Hotel and lasts two hours. Advanced booking required.

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Until Mon Oct 31
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