Strange Things to Do in Chicago

Strange Things to Do in Chicago
The windy city of Chicago has had a turbulent past, beginning with the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 which killed around 300 people. Chicago has been home to famous gangsters and gruesome crimes. It's no wonder that this city has so much to offer those looking for the strange and bizarre. From ghosts to mobsters, Chicago has strange tours and locations to satisfy visitors' curiosity. When taking a break from the numerous hiking and biking activities available in Chicago, take some time to explore some of the more unusual offerings in the city.

Weird Chicago Tour

This tour takes visitors around the city to some of the strangest and most historic places in the city. The Weird Chicago Tour explores such historic events as the Great Chicago Fire and the Green Hornet Trolley Disaster. Guests can see locations that are reputed to be the spot of unusual crimes and gruesome deaths firsthand. This tour also visits some of the city's most interesting pubs and strangest landmarks. Tours take place on the Weird Chicago Voodoo bus and last about three hours. The bus does stop throughout the event to allow guests to explore some of the stops up close. Tours run every Friday and Saturday night and are $30 per person for adults and $20 for children ages 10 through 12. Children under the are of 10 are not allowed.

Weird Chicago Tour
(888) 446-7859
www.weirdchicago.com

Chicago Hauntings Tour

This Chicago Hauntings Tour explores the haunted areas of Chicago. This tour offers historical information beginning with the founding of the original frontier outpost here through the Great Chicago Fire and into the 1920s and 1930s gangster era. This tour follows the "Chicago Haunts" book series. Exact locations may vary from tour to tour. The Chicago Hauntings Tour does not guarantee a paranormal experience, as ghosts can be very unpredictable. Rather, this tour focuses on providing interesting information and visiting the most active areas of the city in hopes of stirring up a few haunts.

Chicago Hauntings Tour
(888) GHOST-91
www.chicagohauntings.com

Red Lion Pub

The Red Lion Pub is considered to be one of the most haunted restaurants in Chicago. The building was constructed in 1882 and has housed a variety of establishments in its time including a saloon, gambling hall, laundry facility, produce store and novelty shop. During the pub's renovation, a slew of ghost sightings began to take place. Some of the pub's ghostly residents include a girl who signals her presence with the scent of lavender, and the father of the pub's previous owner, John Corwell. Ghostly presences are said to be felt beside the pub's stained glass window, and in the women's restroom and apparitions have allegedly been sighted throughout the building.

Red Lion Pub
2446 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 348-2695
www.redlionchicago.com

Article Written By Mandi Rogier

Mandi Rogier is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about a wide range of topics. As a previous employee of Walt Disney World, she enjoys writing travel articles that make use of her extensive knowledge of Orlando theme parks.

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