There are several haunted hotels in the Chicagoland area. One is the Baker Hotel located at 100 West Main Street in St. Charles. The most popular ghost story there is that of a chambermaid who had lost her fiance, an employee of the hotel. He disappeared one night after a poker game. The chambermaid cried for days until she went missing herself. It is assumed that she drowned in the near by river. Once in a while there are sheets that are tossed around with no explanation. Her cries are sometimes heard as well.
Another haunted hotel in Chicago is the Congress Hotel located at 520 South Michigan Avenue. There used to be an old man in a wheel chair that stayed there who would roll around in the hallways clicking his remote, shutting off and on occupant’s televisions. The man is long gone, yet it has been reported that the televisions still turn on and off for no reason. Room 666 is sealed shut with no explanation and ghosts seem to leave frightening messages on a reader board in a hallway. The hotel has great history along with beautiful ballrooms such as the Gold Room and the Florentine Room, where Teddy Roosevelt is said to still hang out. He is found as a shadow in pictures and can even be heard knocking his cane against things. The Florentine Room is also a room where you can have a chance of feeling a cold spot.
The scariest Chicago hotel of all is replaced by a post office, yet the grounds are said to still have the negative energy of it’s horrifying past. The location of 611 W. 63rd Street was where H.H. Holmes’ “Murder Castle” stood, a hotel that belonged to the first known serial killer. Holmes decided to turn a building into a place for visitors of the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. With his amazing charm and good looks, he would lure people in with ease, yet not everyone’s stay was a pleasant one. Holmes would keep his victims in prison rooms that were also gas chambers which he had made. He would murder and burn people with great ease. After Holmes was finally locked up, his Murder Castle mysteriously burned down, destroying most of the evidence. This did not stop his sentence of being hung. Holmes confessed to twenty-eight murders, though the number is believed to be much higher. This included women he was with and even children. Known as “the devil in a white city”, Holmes refused to ask for forgiveness to his sins and proclaimed that he had the devil in him who would make him do these horrific acts. He made requests to be buried and sealed in cement in an unmarked grave in fear of being dissected as he had dissected others. His wishes were granted but this did not stop the freak accidents that led to the deaths of people who had a hand in his execution. To this day, screams are heard and dogs are scared when they walk by the area of the Murder Castle. People will cross the street when going that direction to avoid this place that held strong enough evils to still give someone an eerie feeling.
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