Yoga and the World’s Fair

In 1893, the World’s Fair functioned as a sort of preview of the 20th century – it was many fairgoers first taste of electricity, and many inventions that would define the next several decades were previewed there. Hot dogs and hamburgers may have been introduced (though that’s one of those things where it depends on Read More…

Richard T Crowe: RIP and Happy Hauntings

Richard T. Crowe, Chicago’s original professional ghost hunter, died yesterday of pancreatic cancer, according to a Facebook posting from his sister. Richard has been running ghost tours in Chicago since the early 1970s and was, for many years, the first man you’d call with a ghost story. He was featured regularly in newspaper articles and Read More…

Has Anyone Seen this Bridge?

Here’s an Essanay film from 1912 – does anyone recognize the large bridge that appears at the beginning and at the end? It looks ABOUT like “Suicide Bridge,” the high bridge over the lagoon at Lincoln Park (which would have been an appropriate place to film these scenes, given the content).  Does anyone recognize it Read More…

Ebook: The Murder Castle of HH Holmes

Chicago Unbelievable Presents: THE MURDER CASTLE OF HH HOLMES: A Scrapbook of Eyewitness Accounts, Diagrams and Ephemera What was the “Murder Castle” really like? Accounts of eyewitnesses and neighbors collected from the 1890s through its destruction in the 1930s, with photos and diagrams – many reprinted here for the first time. Our first MINI ebook Read More…

New Book Announcement!

You might notice that links to our “Ghosts of Chicago” ebook have disappeared. That’s because I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just made a deal with Llewellyn Press to do a new book on that subject to be released next fall! In the mean time, we’re stepping our investigations up a notch, trying to hit Read More…

Investigation This Weekend

Often, people ask if they can come along on investigations. We’ll be holding a public one on Sunday for an upcoming podcast. It’ll be an outdoor investigation, so it probably won’t be a LONG one – just an informal checking-out of an area that’s been under-investigated over the years until we get too cold. Email Read More…