Chicago is a city with its own fair share of tragedy and pain. Natural disasters, horrible accidents, and bloody massacres are deeply ingrained in the city's culture and past, creating a series of terrifying urban legends and ghost stories. The ghost stories about Chicago are some of the creepiest in the United States, but they also highlight just how much the city has been through since it was formed. Below you'll find a list of some of the most haunted places in Chicago and a few Chicago ghosts you never want to run into.
One of the worst airline disasters in American history happened in Chicago in 1979, when Flight 191 dropped from the sky shortly after taking off from O'Hare International. It killed everyone on board, all 271 passengers and crew. After a lengthy investigation, the crash was chalked up to a number of factors, including a stress crack in a flange that held the engine pylon. The entire community was changed forever after that fateful day.It wasn't long before reports of ghostly activity surrounding the crash site started to emerge. People started to claim seeing odd, bobbing white lights, but no source was ever found. The creepiest stories came from a small trailer park adjacent to the crash site, where for months after the crash, residents kept reporting frantic knocking at their doors, but no one was ever there. To this day, there are still frequent reports of weird knockings, strange sounds, and a few spirits roaming about the area.
The Italian Bride
Although Mt. Carmel Cemetery is home to Al Capone and other notorious gangsters, the burial ground is more well-known for another famous resident, the mysterious Italian Bride.Her real name was Julia Petta and she died in childbirth at a very young age in 1921. After she was buried in the cemetery, her mother started getting really strange dreams where Julia would say she was still alive and needed help. After six years of these dreams, her mother finally had the body exhumed. When the casket was opened, everyone was shocked to find that Julia's body had not decayed one bit since she was buried. No explanation has ever been given. With those mysterious circumstances, it's not surprising that many have reported seeing a ghostly woman in white haunting Julia's grave.
The Haunted Water Tower
The mysterious disappearance of sisters Patricia and Barbara Grimes in 1956 shook Chicago to its core. The massive manhunt to find these girls took some crazy turns, but tragically ended with their dead bodies being found in the woods. The search to find out who killed them took a massive toll on the public and the police, and their deaths still remain unsolved. Even though police supposedly questioned over 300,000 people over the course of the investigation, they never could find the evidence that they needed.Sadly, the girls' bodies were dumped at the edge of a ravine just a few feet from the shoulder of the road. Near the spot where they were found, a small house was nestled among the trees. The family who lived there mysteriously abandoned the house not long after the bodies were found and eventually, vandals burned the house down. Some believe the family left the house because it was haunted by the ghosts of the Grimes sisters, and the many reports of strange happenings that trickle in from people who explore the area around the house seem to confirm that theory.