Like giant spiders, ghosts are actually more afraid of us than we are of them and come out of hiding only to nuzzle our ears as we sleep. Seek out bashful spirits with today's Groupon: for $28, you get two tickets to the Chicago Hauntings Signature Ghost Tour (a $56 value). Tours run Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m.
Chicago Hauntings's expert squad of paranormal researchers helms a "ghost bus" as customers travel to historically supernatural Windy City hangouts. Ghoul-hungry groups assemble at 600 N. Clark Street to begin the 2.5-hour signature tour, which varies its itinerary to catch unsuspecting poltergeists with their chains down.
Attendees can scope out such eerie locales as the site of the St. Valentine's Day massacre, the riverside spot of the 1915 SS Eastland disaster, and the Biograph Theater, where gangster John Dillinger fell to FBI bullets. As part of the frightfully immersive journey, guides lead tour parties off the bus to walk through sinister backdrops and around moaning hot-dog stands.
Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour
Chicago Hauntings' founder Ursula Bielski and her crew of paranormal researchers explore supernatural active sites on foot. The rotating itinerary of stops includes the site of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, the location of the Fort Dearborn Massacre, and the spot where Resurrection Mary met her fateful end.
Along with her primary routes, Ursula leads specialty tours including daytime trips based on The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson's bestseller about serial killer H. H. Holmes, and strolls down one Chinatown block where every building is allegedly haunted. She also hosts private tours, pub crawls, and kid-friendly excursions during which youngsters hear toned-down tales and learn about ghost-hunting equipment more advanced than their dog Sherlock.
Near North Side
600 N Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois 60654