|Young Adult (17-21)||US$||$100|
To reserve a spot on the Chicon 7 ghost tour, please go to: Bay Area Ghost Hunters.
(Note - You will have to join Bay Area Ghost Hunters to RSVP, but joining is free and you can leave after the tour - unless you want to be among the first to know about the ghost tour in San Antonio next year.)
A couple of my favorite things to do when I travel is stay at haunted hotels and take in the local ghost walking tour. One of the nice things about regularly attending the World Science Fiction Convention (aka Worldcon) is that it gives me an excuse to go different places. Although the hotel for this year's Worldcon - Chicon 7 - doesn't have a reputation for being haunted, Chicago has multiple ghost tour operators. I've already taken a couple of its tours and this year selected Ursula Bielski's Chicago Hauntings. I'd like to invite other members of Chicon 7 to join me.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ursula, she has published a few books on Chicagoland ghost folklore, including Chicago Haunts and More Chicago Haunts. Her background research is exhaustive so local history is a major component of her ghost stories. She also chairs the bi-annual Chicago Ghost Conference and has appeared on several TV and radio shows.
Considering Chicago's heritage of organized crime, it has more reason than other cities Worldcon has visited to have a netherworld population. To hear some of the Windy City's juiciest ghost stories, the sites of the St. Valentine's Massacre, Eastland boat disaster, and the Hull House are too spread out to manage in a two-hour walk, so this time we'll be catching a bus that will conveniently meet our group at the front door of the Hyatt.
Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tours last approximately 2.5 hours, visiting an array of authenticated haunted sites throughout the city. This is not just a ride where guides point out the windows of the bus. The bus stops several times throughout the tour at some of Chicago's most actively haunted sites, inviting passengers to briefly investigate some of the locations for themselves.
Chicago Hauntings doesn't provide an itinerary because they like to vary the routes and throw in a few surprises. But along with the aforementioned locations, some of the other spots they visit include the Fort Dearborn Massacre site, Iroquois Theater & Death Alley, haunted Streeterville, the death site of Resurrection Mary, Harpo Studios, the abandoned City Cemetery, H.H. Holmes' "glass bending factory," the Tonic Room, and The Biograph theater - some notorious, some not as well known - but all researched and documented for their authenticity by the Chicago Hauntings team.
I hope you'll be able to join me for the macabre stories of Chicago's history and ghosts. Although this is a bus tour, we will be stepping on and off the bus throughout the evening. Dress as warmly for the weather as you require. Cameras are encouraged. If any of you would like to try to collect EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena), wear soft-soled, snug-fitting shoes - noisy shoes such as Uggs can interfere with any captures.
We will be meeting in front of the hotel and I'll have a BAGH sign, unless we're already obvious. Ursula Bielski will also be available to sign copies of her books after the tour.