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    The Fort Dearborn Massacre

    The Fort Dearborn Massacre

    [ranking: 6]
    America is built on bloody battles and skirmishes, and the Fort Dearborn Massacre still stands as one of the bloodiest As a result of the War of 1812, tensions between settlers and Native Americans were running hot. Fort Dearborn was a stronghold, but its commander, Captain Nathan Heald, was advised to evacuate and leave everything to the Native Americans. Heald didn't react in time, and soon the whole fort was surrounded by Potawatomi Indians. After tense negotiations and broken promises by each side, a bloody massacre took place, leaving more than 50 people dead. 
    With that much carnage, it's no wonder that ghostly tales started to emerge. Soon it was said that the site of the fort itself was haunted, but reports died down once the fort was torn down and the city of Chicago was built over it. Then in the early 1980s, construction was done in the area and human remains were found and were dated back to the massacre. Weeks later, people began to see semi-transparent figures in pioneer clothing and military uniforms. Most of them were reported to look very frightened or were screaming in silence. 

    The Eastland Disaster

    The Eastland Disaster

    [ranking: 5]
    The capsizing of the Eastland steamer in Chicago is one of the worst boating disasters of all time. As the gigantic ship made its way toward Michigan City, a horrible accident caused the ship to tip over. Out of the estimated 2,500 people who were on board, the death tally reached nearly 850. The mystery of why exactly the boat tipped over was never solved. But the story was far from over. 
    The armory building where most of the dead were taken during the disaster eventually was taken over by Oprah Winfrey and her studio. A lot of the crew who worked on the show claimed that the ghosts of the dead passengers often haunted the building. They heard strange noises like children's laughter and the clinking of phantom glasses, and even saw apparitions, the most popular being one they dubbed the Gray Lady. Even the site of the actual disaster is supposedly haunted, with reports of people passing by the spot hearing bloodcurdling screams of the doomed passengers. 

    The Sausage Vat Murder

    The Sausage Vat Murder

    [ranking: 11]
    In the 1870s, a successful German meat packer named Adolph Luetgert moved to Chicago to open up his own sausage-making factory, which was a huge hit and he became very rich. He married Louisa Bicknese, but their marriage was constantly plagued by arguments and fights. One day, Louisa just disappeared, and after a lengthy investigation, police put together that Luetgert had killed Bicknese and hid her body by boiling her in acid and burning her remains. They checked the boiler in the factory and found human remains along with two of Louisa's rings. Luetgert went to jail, but apparently his wife's spirit wasn't happy just seeing him locked away. 
    Soon after he was imprisoned, Luetgert started to claim his wife was haunting him and he was driven insane. He died in 1900, still proclaiming that he was innocent of the crime. It also wasn't long before reports started to come in of people seeing her ghost at her old house and at the sausage factory. Nowadays her house and the factory have been torn down, so apparently the only time to see her is on the anniversary of her death in May 

    Flight 191

    Flight 191

    [ranking: 3]
    One of the worst airline disasters in American history happened in Chicago in 1979, when Flight 191 dropped from the sky shortly after taking off from O'Hare International. It killed everyone on board, all 271 passengers and crew. After a lengthy investigation, the crash was chalked up to a number of factors, including a stress crack in a flange that held the engine pylon. The entire community was changed forever after that fateful day. 
    It wasn't long before reports of ghostly activity surrounding the crash site started to emerge. People started to claim seeing odd, bobbing white lights, but no source was ever found. The creepiest stories came from a small mobile home park adjacent to the crash site, where for months after the crash, residents kept reporting frantic knocking at their doors, but no one was ever there. To this day, there are still frequent reports of weird knockings, strange sounds, and a few spirits roaming about the area. 

    Bachelor's Grove Cemetery

    Bachelor's Grove Cemetery

    [ranking: 8]
    One of the most haunted cemeteries in Chicago, Bachelor's Grove Cemetery has had more than 100 documented reports of paranormal activity. No one new has been buried there for years, but it's still one of the most well-known haunted areas in the Windy City. 
    There's not a definite answer to what caused the hauntings in the first place, but most people believe one of two things: either a bunch of teenagers in the 60s arrived and trashed the entire cemetery, which awoke the spirits from their peaceful slumber; or reports regarding the remains of chickens and other small animals found around that area point to more occult activities. 
    Now people who visit the area usually report phantom cars that seem to appear and disappear at random, or claim to see the apparition of a farmer wandering around. A farmer who died back in the 1870s, when he got tangled in his horse's reins and dragged into a small pond, where he soon drowned. 

    The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

    The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

    [ranking: 9]
    Anybody who has taken a history class has at least heard of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. It was a bloody attack that both wiped out any gang opposition to Al Capone's criminal empire and was also the start of his downfall, as it convinced the public that Capone needed to be stopped. Seven people lost their lives in a violent execution on Clark Street and their spirits supposedly still haunt the spot to this very day. 
    People claim to hear screams and machine gun fire as they pass the site of the massacre, and can't help feeling immense fear when they are in the area. It also affects pets, who bark or whine when they walk by the place.

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Chicago is a city with its own fair share of tragedy and pain. Natural disasters, horrible accidents, and bloody massacres are deeply ingrained in the city's culture and past, creating a series of terrifying urban legends and ghost stories. The ghost stories about Chicago are some of the creepiest in the United States, but they also highlight just how much the city has been through since it was formed. Below you'll find a list of some of the most haunted places in Chicago and a few Chicago ghosts you never want to run into.

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