Some New Hull House Information

Charles Hull’s monument at Rose Hill. When the grounds were dedicated¬†in the late 1850s, many prominent citizens stayed after the ceremonies to pick out their plots. Being so close to the gate, I assume that Charles was one of them. While I was the University of Chicago library today, I ran across an 1867 book Read More…

The Ghostly Nun Who Turned to Stone

Some days you win, some days you lose, and some days you follow a story about the Couch Tomb and up with a story about nuns who turned to stone, then allegedly came back from the dead to express anti-semitism. That’s life in Mysterious Chicago. An image of Mother Galway found in Holy Family Parish: Read More…

Carl Wanderer’s Last Song

Carl Wanderer photographed by the Chicago Daily News (expanded and updated from an older post after watching the first episode of  Fargo. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say it reminded me a little of this guy’s story) One day in 1920, Carl Wanderer came up to a drifter on Madison Street and told Read More…

Ghost pic in the alley?

I only occasionally post “ghost” pictures here, partly because I rarely see any thing I think are all that interesting. You know what I always say – “there is no good ghost evidence, only cool ghost evidence.” Well, here’s some of that. One of my most common tour stops is the alley behind the site of Read More…

HH Holmes as a Ghost Dog (Sort Of)

Well, gosh. It’s been a few weeks since we had an HH Holmes story to tell. But here’s a nifty one: in 1899, the Philadelphia Inquirer told an interesting ghost story about Holmes. It was in Phillie that Holmes had been imprisoned, tried, hanged, and buried, and the Inquirer covered the story very well (they were Read More…