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There are some who say, "It's down there," and we can only believe them.  
At night, putting your ear to the ground, you can sometimes hear a door slam.

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

U r s u l a  B i e l s k i
(of Chicago Hauntings) &

E d w a r d  L.  S h a n a h a n
(of the Unexplained World) 

p  r  e  s  e  n  t

 B  E  Y  O  N  D    t h e    E  I  L

One night. One location. One chance to cross over.

Ursula Bielski, the city's acclaimed ghost hunter and paranormal reseasrcher, and Edward L. Shanahan, Gatekeeper of the Unexplained World, as they usher you into some of the Midwest's most notorious locations for an intimate night of exploration and intrigue.  
Guests are encouraged to bring their own philosophies about the paranormal as well as minds open to the ideas and methods of others.  Ursula and Ed will share their thoughts about the power of spiritual connections and of intuitive paranormal investigation, and they'll also introduce guests to simple investigative tools that can be made at home.
  During the course of each meeting, Ed welcomes guests to bring items of loved ones for psychometry readings, and Ursula will be available throughout each evening to answer questions on the history and folklore of life's supernatural side.  Both hosts look forward to talking with guests about each attendee's own spiritual
and paranormal journeys. 

Beyond the Veil meets on location, and attendance is extremely limited to ensure the most profound experience possible for all involved.  Guests will learn the shadowy history of each meeting place, hear legends of the paranormal as experienced at the site, freely explore the physical surroundings, and participate in a number of spiritual exercises designed to heighten spiritual awareness and paranormal activity, including Edward Shanahan's famed
"Circle of Energy."  More than anything else, we'll simply enjoy spending time together in these
profoundly intriguing places.
A portion of the proceeds of each event will be donated to a parapsychological research foundation or organization.
For reservations and more information, call 1-888-GHOST-91, or
click on the reservation link below for your desired meeting.

S    C    H    E    D    U    L    E

Saturday evening, September 15th, 2007
T h e   H u m p h r e y  H o u s e
Orland Park, Illinois
Only 14 tickets will be sold.

Ed Shanahan was drawn to stop his car and knock upon the door of this unassuming home one Fall afternoon.  He soon found that the house had some tales to tell.  The home of Senator and Mrs. John Humphrey, the couple lived in this Orland Park home until their first child died at birth.  The infant girl was buried at nearby Bachelors Grove, one of the most haunted cemeteries in the world.  When Mrs. Humphrey was found dead in the house soon after, extraordinary events at both the home and the cemetery began, leading even the home's caretakers to wonder whether the famed "Madonna of Bachelors Grove"--one of Chicago's most infamous phantoms--is, in fact, the shade of Mrs. Humphrey bearing her lost child.  A ticket to this intriguing event includes full access to the Humphrey House for the entire evening's event, and guidance through the past history and present hauntings of this fabled structure.

A percentage of the proceeds of this event was donated to the Rhine Research Center

EVENT REPORT: Humphrey House, Orland Park, Illinois. September 15, 2007

"Had such a great time!"
"Enjoyed it immensely."
"Ed's readings were phenomenal."
"Ursula's guidance . . . really taught me a lot."
"The experience was . . .  more than a little spooky.  I was literally shaking."

An intriguing time was had by all who attended our September 15th event at the Humphrey haunted chicagoHouse in Orland Park, Illinois. Gracious members of the Orland Park Historical Society were on hand throughout the evening to provide information about the erstwhile residents of the house, and also of the family's sometimes disturbing history.  Many guests felt uneasy upon first entering into the unassuming home, especially in the children's bedroom upstairs, where a sense of heaviness and shortness of haunted chicagobreath was reported by a number of attendees.  Upon further examination, the room was found to bear an inordinate number of deep, long cracks in the plaster, one of which passed right through a framed family portrait, the frame and glass cracked as well. Ed Shanahan sensed that deep emotional disturbances had occurred in the room and had left these physical reminders behind.  

After the initial tours of the
haunted chicagohouse, guests split up into three groups and spent time separately on each floor of the house.  In the parlor, each group seemed to make contact with a little boy and his mother through the use of dowsing rods.  Temperature drops also occurred during these "conversations," as well as several instances of unexplained fluctuations in the EMF (Electro Magnetic Field), leading some present to believe that something paranormal was indeed at work.  

During the evening, guests participated in two circles of energy, designed haunted chicagoto tap into the past events and present energies in the house, one held in an upstairs storage area and one in the first floor parlor.  During the second circle, one of the guests became aware of a heavy force pushing down on his body, haunted chicagoand sensed the willful, overpowering presence of John Humphrey. This guest sensed that the late Mr. Humphrey was preventing the other entities in the house of making contact with the circle, imposing his will even long after death.

We'll definitely be returning to the Humphrey House for another Beyond the Veil event.  To be informed of the next event here, please join our mailing list by sending an email to info@hauntingchicago.com  Hope to see you soon beond the veil!


Sunday evening, September 30th, 2007
f r a n k i e ' s   r o a d h o u s e
Willow Springs, Illinois
Only 20 tickets will be sold.

Return to one of Chicago's most notoriously haunted sites for an evening like you've never experienced.  Previously Rico D's and Cavallone's, this authentic speakeasy is believed to shelter a mass gangland grave under the basement floor.  Once settled, we'll enjoy dinner and ghost stories as only Ursula Bielski can tell them.  After a tour of the premises, we'll venture into a realm seldom traversed: the ancient and spirit-ridden woods beyond Archer Avenue, one of the most haunted byways in the world. These woods are believed to have been part of Native American sacred ground, and Indian graves here are said to still radiate paranormal energies throughout this haunted region. With Ed Shanahan as our guide, we'll attempt to tap into this sacred energy and experience the age-old truths of this electric land.  A ticket to this event  includes pizza, salad and one drink--choice of pop or beer--, tour of premises and full access to the expansive rear woods for the duration of the evening's event.

EVENT REPORT: Frankie's Roadhouse: September 30, 2007

A bizarre--and short--time was had by all who attended this event.  We arrived to find that there was no power in the building and that our ghost hunt would be lit by candlelight alone. Fine by us, but not to the Willow Springs Police Department, who showed up at the door and forced our evacuation after about an hour.  The owner told us it was because we were ghost hunting, and claimed that one week before there had been 150 extreme skateboarders partying on the back patio with live bands blaring until 3am, with nary a peep form the authorities.  Hmmmm . . . .
the intrigue of this place never ends . . .

We will try to reschedule this event for the future.  Can't wait to see what happens next!


Saturday and Sunday, November 10th-11th, 2007
c a p o n e ' s   s u l p h e r  s p r i n g s  & 
s t a r v e d  r o c k   
Ottawa, Illinois
B&B accomodations are extremely limited.

Spend a haunted night along the Fox River in historic DeBolt House, a comfortable bed and breakfast just a stone's throw from the abandoned Sulpher Springs resort, a favorite haunt of Al Capone. Spend the afternoon touring the gangland haunts of the Starved Rock region, enjoy a campfire BBQ amid tales of the unknown, and spend the night ghost hunting at Capone's wishing well, Stations of the Cross, and almost 71 acres of haunted forest.  A ticket to this event includes comfortable accomodations at the Fox River Bed & Breakfast, full tour of area gangland historical sites and haunted Starved Rock, Bobby's famous BBQ dinner around the campfire, on-your-own ghosthunting Saturday night on 71 acres of historic--and haunted--land, and breakfast Sunday morning.  Accomodations vary and bed and breakfast accomodations are extremely limited.  Call early for best selection.

A percentage of the proceeds of this event was donated to the American Institute for Parapsychology

EVENT REPORT: Sulfer Springs and Starved Rock, Illinois.  November 10/11, 2007

"Amazing.  Just Amazing."
". . .  one of the most eye-openings weekends I've ever had."
"There is definitely something out there."
"I'm hooked!"

We gathered at noon at the historic DeBolt house just outside Ottawa, Illinois, in the beautiful Fox River Valley. While we got settled in, Bobby Joe, our gracious host, entertained us with tales of the historic house, where Charles Lindbergh spent a night after his mail plane crashed in the adjacent field during the 1920s.  At 1:30, we boarded the Ottawa Fun Bus for a fascinating tour of the Valley's gangland sites.   The afternoon was gorgeous, with the leaves having turned from the sudden cold, and we all thorougly enjoyed the excellent guide, author Dan Churney, an Ottawa native and expert on his subject.  Before descending into St. Louis Canyon, site of the Staved Rock Murders, we enjoyed a drink and the view from the pub at Starved Rock Lodge.  

The Canyon hike was all we had hoped for and more, as Dan knew all the details of the murder case--which he supplemented with crime scene photos he shared with our group.  We traded theories and possibilities for nearly an hour at the murder site before reluctantly heading back to the bus as the sun dipped.

Back at DeBolt house, we were met by delicious smells from the kitchen.  As we eagerly awaited dinner, we enjoyed a great cocktail hour, sharing ghost stories with our new friends-in-ghosthunting, as some brave souls got a campfire going against the chilly evening air.  After dinner, we prepared for our ghost hunting expedition into the haunted woods surrounding the house.  Our destination?  The area known as "Capone's Wishing Well," a grotto which marked the original healing springs.  Many had felt strange sensations at the area during our earlier walk, and Ed Shanahan in partiular felt it would be the perfect site for his "Circle of Energy."  Armed with dowsing rods, cameras, thermometers, compasses, video and audio recorders, and gaussmeters, we made our way through the woods to the site, where Ed chose the members for the Circle and others readied their monitoring equipment.  

haunted chicagoThe accompanying photos, provided by one of the attendees, provide something of a physical  counterpart to what we experienced during that circle, when dowsing rods confirmed the presence of a former sanitarium guest,  extreme bodily pains and pressures were felt by nearly all the circle members, and cameras and audio recorders mysteriously died. haunted chicagoOne member or our group suddenly and inexplicably burst into tears.

Though we had planned additonal exploration into the old sanitarium and a second Circle 
of Energy at the Stations of the Cross, we were all so spooked by the experience of the first Circle, and by the feelings of dread and foreboding of the sensitive members of the group, that we returned instead to the house for the remainder of the evening.  

haunted chicago We'll definitely be returning to DeBolt House next year for another Beyond the Veil event.  To receive news of the next Sulpher Springs and Starved Rock overnight, as well as all of our other special events, please join our mailing list by sending an email to info@hauntingchicago.com  Hope to see you soon beyond the veil!


Saturday evening, December 8, 2007
t h e   g h o s t s   o f   c h r i s t m a s   p a s t
Only 20 tickets will be sold.

Join Beyond the Veil for a Christmas party like no other. We'll gather in Chicago's Prairie Avenue District, a neighborhood built on the  killing fields of the 1812 Fort Dearborn Massacre, to board the Chicago Hauntings bus for on-location stories of the city's Christmastime hauntings: the Iroqouis Theater Disaster, the supernatural tales of Holy Family Parish, the loss of the Chritmas Tree Ship, and the deadly fire at Our Lady of Angels School. Afterwards, we'll enjoy cocktails and dinner in the gorgeous dining room of Glessner House, one of Prairie Avenue's only original structures, and take a guided tour of the premises from a museum docent.  During our repast, ghostlorist Ursula Bielski will thrill guests with tales of haunted turn-of-the-century Chicago.  At meal's end, we'll join hands for an after-dinner seance (Victorian-style, around the dining table), hosted by Ed Shanahan, in an attempt to contact the spirit of the house's architect, Henry Hobson Richardson, believed to still haunt his final commission.   A ticket to this event includes bus tour hosted by Chicago Hauntings, tour of Glessner House, cocktails and dinner, and participation in the after-dinner seance. 

-$95 per person-
(bus tour, dinner and seance inclusive)

A percentage of the proceeds of this event will be donated to the
Koestler Parapsychology Unit at the University of Edinburgh

For reservations, call 888-GHOST-91
or visit our reservation page by clicking here.


Saturday evening, May 3rd, 2008
V i l l i s c a   a x e   m u r d e r  h o u s e
Villisca, Iowa
Only 8 tickets will be sold.

"Almost 95 years ago, long before serial killers and mass murders had become a way of life, two adults and 6 children were found brutally murdered in their beds in the small mid-western town of Villisca, Iowa.  Even today, the murders remain unsolved, the murderer unpunished.  In 1994, Darwin and Martha Linn of Corning, Iowa purchased the former home of murder victim J.B. Moore and his family. The house was returned to its original condition at the time of the murders on June 10th, 1912. Today, the house is listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places.   Films and books on the murders have recently captured the interest of an audience who had never heard of this horrendous crime. Psychics claim they've identified the murderer, and history buffs continue collecting piles of documents they say will eventually point to the truth.  Once you've  . . .  been drawn into this story, I can guarantee that it will become a part of your life. At first, you'll feel an insatiable need for information. Secondly, you'll find within yourself a desire to know the truth, to unmask the identity of the murder or murderers and see justice done. Finally, you'll feel the pull to the house. You won't be satisfied with anyone else's experiences there, and you'll need to have your own."

-Carol Knight, webmaster, VilliscaIowa.com

Surrender to the pull, and join us at this indescribable house for a private overnight at this surreal place, during the 95th anniversary week of the Villisca murders. We'll meet at sunset at the Linn Museum in Villisca and learn the history of the house from current owner, Darwin Linn.  After touring the town cemetery--including the graves of the murder victims--we'll enjoy dinner in town with old and new friends before proceeding to the house itself. Prepare yourself for a night of wonder and discovery in one of the most unsettling homes in the nation.  Stay as long as you feel comfortable.  We'll have the house until dawn, and accomodations afterward are on your own.  Sleeping bags are welcomed for naps in the loft of the Moore home's barn.

-$125 per person-
(dinner inclusive)

A percentage of the proceeds of this event will be donated to the MESA Project

For reservations, call 888-GHOST-91
or visit our reservation page by clicking here.


Spring, 2008
C A M P   C H E S T E R F I E L D   S P I R I T U A L I S T   C A M P
Chesterfield, Indiana
Only 14 tickets will be sold

Travel to one of the only remaining Spiritualist camps in the nation as we join our friends in Light at historic Camp Chesterfield, one of the centers of American Spiritualism since 1891.  We'll enjoy peaceful Springtime surroundings on the White River, enjoy a full tour of the camp, participate in an authentic Spiritualist seance and, of course, search for the spirits said to haunt the historic grounds of this fabled gathering place.  A ticket to this event includes overnight hotel accomodations at the camp and seance with a camp medium, as well as admission to The Hett Art Gallery and Museum, which strives to preserve and display art and artifacts of the Modern Spiritualist Movement.  The museum houses the most extensive collection of its kind, including Psychic Art and Inspirational Painting, portraits precipitated by the nationally recognized mediums Elizabeth and Mary Bang in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and the internationally famous Marion Buckner Pond McKenzie's collection of the Fox Sister artifacts.  Meals and additional readings and services are on your own, with a dining hall on the grounds for guests' enjoyment.  Exact date will be scheduled soon, but you may tentatively reserve a spot for this March or April trip as soon as you like.  

-$125 per person-
(includes accomodations and group seance)

A percentage of the proceeds of this event will be donated to the Division of Perceptual Studies
of the University of Virginia's Department of Psychiatric Medicine (Health System)

For reservations, call 888-GHOST-91
or visit our reservation page by clicking here.

_____________________ A B O U T    Y O U R    H O S T S ______________________

Edward L. Shanahan is one of Chicago's most respected and astute psychic feelers, and is also gifted in the art of psychometry--deducing spiritual truths from the personal items of loved ones.  Ed, a native of Chicago's richly storied Southwest side, began his lifelong involvement with the unknown as a young child,  when his mom bought him his first magic set at Ford City. Magic did not long hold Ed's attention; however. He soon discovered Real Magick and, accordingly, became engaged in exploring the realities of the unseen world.  As a young man, Ed was intrigued by the work of his uncle, a handwriting analyst, who sometimes appeared on Eddie Schwartz's popular Chicago radio show, and he was intrigued by the stories told by famed Chicago personality Richard Crowe, one of the world's first full-time "ghosthunters." As a teenager, Ed began his first wide-eyed journeys into Chicago's paranormal underworld to explore some of Chicago's most notoriously haunted sites.  Ever since, Ed's joy has been exploring both the spiritual and paranormal realms with fellow travelers from around Chicago and around the world, but he's also explored the world of high celebrity in the Pro-Wrestling and Glamour industries.  Today, Ed's web community, "The Unexplained World," draws thousands of visitors each week, many of whom tune in to his popular and acclaimed webcast of the same name, and he remains a popular reader at private and public gatherings throughout the Chicago area. Ed has contributed to Jeff Belanger's Encyclopedia of Haunted Places and Scott Markus' Voices from the Chicago Grave, as well as Ursula Bielski's forthcoming Chicago Haunts 3: From the Secret Files of Chicago Hauntings, Inc.

Ursula Bielski is the founder of Chicago Hauntings, Inc.  An historian, writer, and parapsychology enthusiast, she has been writing and lecturing about Chicago's supernatural folklore and the paranormal for nearly 20 years and is recognized as a leading authority on the Chicago region's ghostlore and cemetery history. She is the author of five popular and critically acclaimed books on the same subjects, all published by Lake Claremont Press, with more on the way. Ursula's interests in Chicago ghost hunting began at a young age. She grew up in a haunted house on Chicago's north side and received an early education in Chicago history from her father, a Chicago police officer, who introduced Ursula to the ghosts at Graceland Cemetery, Montrose Point and the old lockup at the storied Maxwell Street Police Station. Since that time Ursula has been involved in countless investigations of haunted sites in and around Chicago, including such notorious locales as Wrigley Field, the Congress Hotel, the Indiana Dunes, the Red Lion Pub, Hull House, Bachelors Grove Cemetery, Rose Hill Cemetery, haunted Archer Avenue, Chinatown, the Eastland disaster site, Death Alley, Dillinger's Alley and the St. Valentine's Day Massacre site. Her paranormal travels have also led her to investigate sites as diverse and infamous as the Bell Witch Cave in Tennessee; the Oshkosh, Wisconsin Opera House; New Orleans' House of the Rising Sun; the City Cemetery in Key West, Florida; and the Civil War Battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Aside from her writing, Ursula has been featured on numerous television documentaries, including productions by the A&E Network, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, The Travel Channel, and PBS. She also appears regularly on local Chicago television and radio and lectures throughout the year at various libraries, historical and professional societies. In addition to her books, Ursula is the author of numerous scholarly articles exploring the links between history and the paranormal, including articles published in the International Journal of Parapsychology. Ursula is a past editor of PA News, the quarterly newsletter of the Parapsychological Association, a past president and board member of the Pi Gamma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, and holds membership in the Society of Midland Authors.  A graduate of St. Benedict High School on Chicago's North side, Ursula holds a B.A. degree in history from Benedictine University and an M.A. in American cultural and intellectual history from Northeastern Illinois University. Her academic explorations include the Spiritualist movement of the 19th century and its transformation into psychical research and parapsychology, and the relationships among belief, experience, science, and religion.