Thursday, October 31, 2013

Three Chicago Ghost Stories From ChiTownView

We here at MindsiMedia like Halloween when our YouTube station was operating we had a large number of clips in the spirit of the holiday. We have a few on ChiTownView / YouTube and will be sharing them here throughout the day. First up we have three ghost stories about haunted places in the Chicago area.

Resurrection Mary
Uploaded on Sep 10, 2011
A young couple out for an evening of fun at the The Oh Henry Ballroom in the 1930's. They argue and Mary runs off to hitch a ride home only to be killed by a hit and run driver. Since that time she has been picked up several times always trying to get to the same place Resurrection Cemetery where she is buried!

Melody Millie
Published on Aug 18, 2012
A few months ago we brought you the story of Resurrection Mary a ghost hitchhiker operating along Archer Ave. between the Willow Springs Ballroom and Resurrection cemetery. Today we present similar tale of a ghostly goings on. Once again it is the story of a female hitchhiking haunting a popular Chicago nightspot. Her real name is unknown so we'll call her Melody Millie. She operated between North Riverside's Melody Mill Ballroom and a mile or so north at Waldheim's cemetery

Ghost Of Chicago's 1st Murder Victim Haunts Chicago River North Nightclub?
Published on Jul 13, 2013
The river north area of Chicago is host to a lot of popular spots;Harry Carey's, the Hard Rock, Rain Forest Cafe, the "rock & roll" McDonald's and this stone edifice at 632 north Dearborn. For the past thirty years it has been a series of trendy nightclubs like Limelight, Excalibur and now The Castle. It was built in the 1890's to house the Chicago Historical Society. A fireproof replacement for the original which burned down in the great Chicago fire October 8-10 in 1871.It's a cold, dark imposing structure that is not surprisingly reputed to be haunted.

Perhaps for good reason because among it's displays were the bones of Chicago's first murder victim. Jean Lalime who was one of Chicago's first settlers. He at one time lived in the home of the cities first resident, Haitian Jean-Baptiste Point du Sable. John Kinzie, another early Chicagoan, bought the house and land du Sable owned. Lalime stayed around to work at Fort Dearborn as a translator, and spy investigating corruption.. It is not known if Kinzie killed him because of a dispute over du Sable's house or Lalime's undercover work.

Now the building only housed the historical society until the 1930's before they moved further north to Lincoln Park. It then spent the next fifty years as a church, stores and offices. During that time a young lawyer committed suicide and it has been said that his spirit also walks the building.

It wasn't until after the building was redeveloped as a nightclub that it was discovered there were nocturnal spirits in residence. Cold spots, strange noises, ghostly lights and mysterious people wandering around. Other then the customers and workers were talking ghostly manifestations. I worked there during the 80's when it was Limelight and while I didn't see or hear anything "supernatural" there were some mighty odd cold spots.

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