For over two decades, the Original Chicago Hauntings Ghost Bus Tour has reigned as the oldest and most acclaimed paranormal experience in the Windy City.
Led by the renowned guide Ursula Bielski and her team, this tour offers firsthand encounters with the spirits that haunt the city’s past.
At its core, this tour explores the intriguing legends and true tales that have shaped Chicago into one of the world’s most notoriously haunted cities.
From the depths of despair in the Fort Dearborn Massacre to the blood-soaked infamy of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, this tour delves into the dark underbelly of Chicago’s history.
You will see a different face of Chicago that comes to life after the dark shadows creep every corner of the city after the sunset.
On this 3-hour adventure by luxury coach, you can step off the bus and explore some of Chicago’s most actively haunted outdoor locations.
This article shares everything you should know before buying the Chicago Hauntings Original Ghost Bus Tour tickets.
AT A GLANCE
Starts at 7 pm every Saturday
Duration: 2 hour 30 minutes
Ticket cost: US$65
What to expect at the Chicago Ghost Bus Tour
Your first stop is the Chicago City Cemetery, an abandoned graveyard with 13,000 unmarked graves.
Next, visit Lincoln Park, the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre site, an event forever linked to the notorious gangster Al Capone.
As you explore these haunted grounds, you’ll hear the haunting stories of their pasts.
Continue your journey to the mansion of Prairie Avenue, where a wealthy socialite met a gruesome end.
Then, venture into Death Alley, a place marred by deadly fires and tragic history.
This tour covers several haunted locations, such as:
- The infamous Congress Plaza Hotel, known for its ghostly residents
- The Lincoln Park Zoo, where Victorian-era apparitions still roam
- The eerie John Hancock Building, associated with the movie Ghostbusters
- The mysterious 666 Building, formerly called “Satan’s Skyscraper.”
- The haunting grounds of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
Also, visit the Nederland Theatre, the disastrous Iroquois Theater fire site.
Explore the Eastland Disaster Site, a somber location where a ship overloaded with passengers tragically capsized in 1915.
The Couch Tomb, the last marked grave from the Chicago cemetery destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire, holds its eerie secrets.
Finally, you’ll end at Hull House, originally a family home turned immigrant settlement by America’s first social worker, Jane Addams.
Legends tell that a Devil baby, born with horns, still haunts the premises.
Tickets for the Chicago Original Ghost Bus Tour
You can purchase the tickets for the Chicago Haunting Ghost Bus Tour online. Offline tickets may not be available for this tour.
We recommend online booking because it has many benefits:
- You can save a lot of time.
- Online tickets tend to have exciting discounts so that you can save money.
- As the tour is quite popular, tickets sell out quickly. So, booking in advance confirms your spot for your preferred date.
- Another benefit of online booking is you don’t have to stand in long queues.
Ticket Price (8+ years): US$65
How do online tickets work
Go to the Chicago Original Ghost Bus Tour in Tombstone ticket booking page, select the preferred date and number of tickets, and buy them.
After the purchase, you will receive the tickets in your email.
You don’t need to get any printouts.
On the day of your visit, you can show your ticket on your smartphone to the tour guide and join the group.
- Wheelchair Accessibility: Not available
- Tour strength: Maximum of 50 travelers
- The tour will meet at the Congress Lounge bar inside the Congress Plaza Hotel. The bus will depart from the front of the same hotel on South Michigan Avenue.
- Travelers should have moderate physical fitness level
- children must be accompanied by an adult
- Dinner and other beverages are not included in the ticket price
- Near public transportation
- If the tour is cancelled due to poor weather, you will be offered a different date or a full refund
Meeting Point of the Tour
Museum of Contemporary Photography is at a short distance from the meeting point.
Address: 520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA.
You can reach it by bus, by subway or by car.
The State & Harrison/Ida B Wells Drive bus stop (Bus No: 2, 6, 29, 62, 146) is only 4 minutes away from the meeting point.
The Dearborn & Harrison bus stop (Bus No: 22, 24, 62) is only 5 minutes away from the meeting point.
The Harrison Subway Station (line: Red) is only 3 minutes from the point.
If you’re driving by car, turn on Google Maps and get going.
Also, there are enough parking lots available near the meeting point.
FAQs about the Chicago Ghost Bus Tour
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the Chicago’s Best Ghost Tour.
Participants on this ghost bus tour will travel to some of Chicago’s most notorious and haunted locations, including the City Cemetery, the Levee Vice district, Prairie Avenue, and the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre site. The tour offers insights into the city’s dark past and shares tales of ghostly encounters and historical events.
Yes, this tour is suitable for both families and groups. It provides a unique and entertaining experience for those interested in the paranormal and Chicago’s history.
While the tour is focused on sharing ghost stories and legends, it does not guarantee participants will encounter real ghosts. The primary emphasis is on storytelling and history.
This tour focuses only on building exteriors and outdoor spaces. Public places are open for you to visit during regular business hours.
No, you will travel mostly by bus during this tour. There is only a little bit of walking involved while exploring historical buildings.
Unfortunately, the tour is not wheelchair accessible.
The bus can accommodate up to 50 members. So you can get a chance to meet people with similar interests!