Ten of Chicago’s Creepiest Places to Visit

While Chicago is best known for its historic landmarks, sports teams, deep dish pizza, and architecture, it also has a dark history. Like many other cities, Chicago has had its fair share of death, tragedy, and odd occurrences, all of which have followed the city as time has progressed. The map below lists just a few of the creepiest places in the city that one can visit at their own caution of course.

List of Chicago sites pinpointed:

St. Valentines Day Massacre site

February 14, 1929  gangster Al Capone ordered a hit on Irish Mobster George Moran, making the day one of the bloodiest in Chicago mob history

H.H. Holmes Murder Castle- Englewood Post Office

Although a post office now, the building once belonged to the first U.S. Serial Killer, H.H. Holmes. What once appeared to be a hotel, was actually a maze where Holmes would trap and kill its inhabitants. To this day, it is still unknown just how many people Holmes killed in his hotel.

Congress Plaza Hotel

The Congress Hotel has the prestigious award of being 2017s most haunted place in Illinois by Travel & Leisure. From sightings of a little boy on the 12th floor to the paranormal activity in room 441, the Congress hotel has surely earned its award

Ressurection Cemetery

Going as far back as the 1930s, there have been several claims of people encountering a blonde woman near the cemetery who mysteriously vanishes.

Chicago Water Tower

One of the few building to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, legend has it that a worker stayed behind to man the pumps and then retreated to the upper floor to hang himself to avoid being burned to death. Claims have been made that you can see a silhouette of a hanging man in the top tower windows.

Drake Hotel

It appears that the Congress Hotel isn’t the only haunted hotel in the Chicago area. The Drake hotel has its fair share of ghost stories such as the woman in red who jumped to her death from the 10th floor after discovering her husband with another woman

Couch Tomb

Tombs are creepy in their own right, but what’s even creepier is the mystery behind Ira Couch’s tomb. According to family records, Ira’s official place of rest is on his families plot, so who is really buried in the Couch tomb?

James M. Nederlander Theatre

On the night of December 30th, 1903, over 2,000 patrons of the theatre were trapped during a horrific fire that killed 602 people. Faint cries, apparitions, and feelings of being touched are all reports made by patrons of the theatre.

Tonic Room

The Tonic room is no stranger to ghost stories as well as strange occurrences. Before the doors opened, the owners of the bar discovered a pentagram on the basement floor and Egyptian iconography on the ceiling. There have also been claims that a woman was murdered there in the 1930s.

The Red Lion Pub

Another award-winning location in Illinois, The Red Lion is deemed the most haunted bar in Chicago. The bar is home to a bearded man, a mentally challenged girl named Sharon, a cowboy, and a woman dressed in 1920 attire. Guests and staff report strange activity from plates flying out of their hands to being locked in the bathroom stalls
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21 Savage Deportation Tops ICE in Google Search

On February 3rd, 2019 rapper 21 Savage was reportedly detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for having an expired visa.

In fact, this time last year ICE executed their first wave of illegal immigrants leading to the detentions of over 600 “aliens,” leaving multiple families and communities distraught and on edge. Like 21 savage, ICE targeted undocumented immigrants who were facing criminal charges and could not provide the appropriate documentation or changes from former President Barrack Obama’s administration charges.

While both cases of deportation share the same level of injustice in many people’s eyes, it is 21 savage who leads in the number of web searches against ICE according to the data analyzed on Google Trend’s tool. Since the beginning of last year, ICE has made several more rounds of detaining those deemed as illegal, but it is 21 Savage whose amount of times being searched has continued to increase, especially in the wake of recent events.

Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez Dominates Tomi Lahren in Google Search

Two prominent opposing voices on the political hemisphere have both made headlines over the past year. Tomi Lahren for her continued, at times controversial criticism of the Democratic party and Alexandria- Ocasio Cortez for her progressive policy suggestions as well as being the youngest women to ever be elected into Congress.

While both ladies have had their fair share of the spotlight, it is Cortez who has and continues to dominate Lahren in the searches according to the data analyzed on Google Trends.

Lahren’s popularity in searches has shown a steady decline since May and has only just started to increase in recent months. The amount of Google searches for Cortez, on the other hand, has only increasingly inclined since June of last year when she defeated the fourth-ranking House Democrat during the primaries. Her popularity continued to grow when she and 126 other women made history as being a part of the largest group of women to be elected into Congress.

Practice Story

Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

“We do not want anyone denied that opportunity because of finances,” Quinn said. “We can’t afford to lose all the talent that exists, all the ability that exists for higher education to help our economy and to help all of us, because there are financial challenges that deny someone the opportunity to go to community college or a four-year university — public and private — in our state.”

Quinn was joined by several Illinois college students, including DePaul Student Government Association Vice President Casey Clemmons.

“Every year over 5,000 DePaul students receive MAP grants, and just like the students who have already spoken here today, all of these DePaul students rely on this funding in order to continue their college careers,” Clemmons said.

Because the number of Illinois students eligible to receive MAP is currently increasing, existing funding does not allow the state to assist all the eligible students. As a result, without action by the Illinois state leadership, more DePaul students than ever will see their MAP funding disappear this year and more

DePaul students than ever will be forced to give up their education due to finances.”

More than 150,000 students nationally receive MAP grants each year.

Clemmons told the audience that on Tuesday, DePaul’s SGA unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Illinois general assembly and the governor to ensure the longevity of the MAP program.  He read the resolution aloud and presented a copy to Quinn.

Ken Thomas, a University of Illinois Board of Trustees student member, MAP recipient and University of Illinois Chicago student, told how he wouldn’t be where he is today if it wasn’t for the MAP grant.

“My mom, when I was in high school, had to work two jobs just to keep food on the table,” Thomas said, “and if we didn’t have [the] MAP program like we do today, I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today; graduating with a degree, hoping to be a productive member of society.”

Having a productive and functioning society and economy is what Quinn says it’s all about.

“Jobs follow brainpower,” he said. “We want to make sure we have smart people in Illinois. Well skilled, well-educated students coming out of college with graduate degrees and diplomas so they can create jobs, create new businesses,” he said. “Our goal in Illinois is to have at least 60 percent of the adults in our state with a college degree or college associate degree or career certificate by the year 2025. In order to achieve we have to make sure we have a good scholarship program.”

Clemmons said that in order for that to happen, state legislatures need to reflect upon the question, “What must be done?” and do what’s required.