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dowab Dec 5th, 2012 02:25 AM

Looking for Haunted or Unusual Hotels in Chicago
Going to Chicago in February. Like to stay in place that are a bit out of the ordinary. Any Suggestions?


nytraveler Dec 5th, 2012 03:48 AM

You do realize there is no such thing as "haunted" don't you?

Perhaps you might clarify what else you mean by unusual? A boat hotel? And ancient, run-down hotel? Or???

ChgoGal Dec 5th, 2012 07:06 AM

HI, dowab.

I've not heard of any hotels that are rumored to be haunted in the years I've lived here. (And I'd taken Richard Crowe's ghost tour several years ago and he didn't mention hotels, though, evidently, Chicago is stupid with ghosts.)

I've been trying to think of a hotel that might be somewhat interesting, but they all seem fairly characterless. Maybe the Burnham hotel, being in the Daniel Burnham historic landmark (the Reliance Bldg. of 1895) for its architectural significance.

Good luck in your search. Hope you have a good time in Chicago!

tomfuller Dec 5th, 2012 07:30 AM

At the north end of the Magnificent Mile the Drake is reputed by some to be haunted. http://supernaturaloccurrencestudies...ake-hotel.html
I could never afford to stay there.

GreatVacations Dec 6th, 2012 08:24 AM

Are there some old speakeasies or places where Al Capone used to hide?

ChgoGal Dec 6th, 2012 09:06 AM

Hi, GreatVacations.

The GReen Mill is a gorgeous old club with connections to Capone.

The location of the St. VAlentine's Day Massacre at approx. 2100 N. Clark Street is now a parking lot for a retirement home, but there are three trees at the site... the center one is the locale of the back wall of the garage where the men were killed, and the brownstones across the street still exist where Capone's "man" waited for the rival gang to show up. The brownstone has a restaurant now at street level - Chicago Oven and Pizza Grinder.

Otherwise, there is an Untouchables Tour that brings folks around the city.

Bitter Jan 24th, 2013 06:25 AM

I'm probably too late to reply. The Congress Hotel is supposedly haunted. We stopped for a drink there during the Weird Chicago tour, though I don't remember the whole story. (That tour would have some of the weird/haunted things you are looking for).

The Intercontinental Hotel is unique to the extent that it has an informal or unlisted tour. If memory serves, it was previously an atheletic club and has lots of symbolism. Don't have a link handy but you might search for that.

andrews98682 Jan 25th, 2013 09:52 PM

For what it's worth, you're crossing a picket line if you stay there.

Bitter Jan 28th, 2013 05:29 AM

andrew, please explain. thx.

sarabaudo Feb 12th, 2013 01:09 PM

Hotel Burnham is beautiful. Al Capone's dentist had an office in the building.

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinders is fun. They have a little ditty on the back of the menu about the Massacre. only and no free refills on soda. Lines are always long.

The Congress Hotel staff is on strike, I believe, so that is the reference to crossing a picket line.

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