037 Good Things

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

When you take the Milwaukee North line in to Chicago, a few stops before Union station, look out the right hand windows. There’s a series of low brick buildings– one-story warehouses or garages, maybe; storage of some sort perhaps– with no windows facing the tracks. They are coated with layer upon layer of spray paint […]

036 Black Cat

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

There’s a small elementary school not far from Balmoral Race Track, in the distant South Suburbs of Chicago, not far from Indiana. Near that school was an abandoned church, which was torn down in the late 1990s after a series of disturbing events. During the late 1980s and very early 1990s, locals were very disturbed […]

035 Organ

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

The stretch of houses on St. Louis between Lawrence and the River is primarily brick two and three flats. One of these, a dark red brick two flat with the front porch converted to an enclosed sun room, and blown roses leaning limply against the iron fence, is frequently host to odd music. Passers by […]

033 CTA

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

It is somewhat surprising, perhaps, that despite the large number of deaths due to accident, murder, and suicide, that the CTA trains are not thickly haunted. Some theorize that the electrified third rail keeps spirits at bay, the live electricity having the same effect running water is said to have on supernatural entities. Buses, however, […]

029 Father

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

One of the most well known ghosts in Chicago, or the world, the apparition known as “Resurrection Mary” has frequently been seen in dance halls and along road sides. People, primarily men, have reported dancing with her, speaking with her, and giving her a lift “home,” although she invariably vanishes from the car before any […]

027 Tarts

Friday, November 27th, 2009

There is a bakery in Albany Park, nestled between a linen store and a children’s clothing store. It has a closed sign hanging in the door, but the lights are on. If you try the door, you’ll find it unlocked and will be able to enter. The baked goods are reason enough to visit this […]

024 Headstone

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

There is a vacant lot in Jefferson Park within easy walking distance of the train station. The area around it is entirely built up, but the lot is empty save for a large boulder near the middle. Efforts, of course, were made to clear the lot and build there. When workers returned to the job […]

021 Footprint

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

At the same time the White City glittered and glimmered along the Lakefront, promising a bright future of electric lights, clean water, and a police force that prevented crime instead of chasing it after the fact, the man known as H H Holmes was firmly ensconced in his “castle,” murdering women with whom he’d had […]

018 Five Objects

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

There’s a small shop on Belmont, in a gentrifying area. It’s flanked by a doggy day spa and a shoe boutique, and it used to be a private residence that somebody converted into a store front. There’s a large window on the second floor which has an American flag with 37 stars tacked up like […]

002 Theater

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

It is common knowledge that ghosts cluster to Theaters like moths to light. Less common is the knowledge that in certain cities a Theater requires a blood sacrifice to be a success, a human soul spilt across the stage boards. Every successful theater in Chicago has had at least one death dedicated to it. Theaters […]