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Bielski is the founder of Chicago Hauntings, Inc. and the host of PBS' "The Hauntings of Chicago" (WYCC).
author, and parapsychologist, she has been writing
and lecturing about Chicago's supernatural folklore and the paranormal
for two decades and is recognized
as a leading authority on the Chicago region's
ghostlore and cemetery history. She is the author
of ten popular and
critically acclaimed books on the same subjects including the Chicago Haunts series and Graveyards of Chicago.
interests in Chicago ghost hunting began at a young age. She grew up in
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
that time Ursula has been involved in countless investigations of
sites in and around Chicago, including such notorious locales as
Wrigley Field, the Congress Hotel, the Indiana Dunes, the Red
Hull House, Bachelors Grove Cemetery, Rosehill Cemetery, Archer Avenue, Chinatown, the Eastland
disaster site, Death
Alley, The House of 200 Demons, 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; Linda Vista Hospital
in Los Angeles, the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, and the
War Battlefield at
from her writing, Ursula has been featured on numerous
documentaries, including productions by the A&E Network, The
History Channel, The Learning Channel, SyFy, The Travel Channel,
and PBS. She's been a judge on "Paranormal Challenge" and a regular
guest on "Ghost Adventures" and the "Maury Show"s paranormal specials.
also appears regularly on local Chicago television and radio and
lectures throughout the year at various libraries, historical and
professional societies and designs and hosts tours for Lincoln Park Zoo
and the Chicago History Museum. 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
Journal of Parapsychology. Ursula
is a past editor of PA
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
of Midland Authors. She also edits children's books on the
paranormal for Bearport Publishing in New York and teaches
courses in Paranormal Studies for Harper College.
graduate of St. Benedict High School in Chicago, 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.
Ursula's upcoming appearances, click here!
|David Cowan is a native Chicagoan and hails originally from the city's West Side. He is the co-owner of Chicago Hauntings.
An accomplished journalist and writer, David is co-author (with John Kuenster) of the best-selling and critically acclaimed book To Sleep With the Angels: The Story of a Fire (Ivan
R. Dee, Inc.), considered the seminal and authoritative work on the
1958 Our Lady of the Angels school fire in Chicago. After its 1996
publication, the book was made into an Emmy-award winning television
documentary entitled Angels Too Soon
by PBS station WTTW in Chicago, and is now used as a text for courses
taught at the National Fire Academy in Maryland, and in collegiate fire
science programs throughout the United States.
David also authored Great Chicago Fires, Historic Blazes That Shaped a City
(Lake Claremont Press), a non-fiction anthology documenting Chicago's
unique and legendary fire history, focusing on fires that resulted in
important changes to national fire safety laws and others of
significant social and historical importance. David's writings and
reviews have also been published by major newspapers and magazines,
including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times,
Chicago Magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cleveland Plain-Dealer,
New Orleans Times-Picayune, Reader's Digest, U.S. Catholic, the Associated Press, and a host of smaller publications. He also contributed to the Encyclopedia of Chicago History, published in 2004 by the Newberry Library of Chicago.
Aside from his print journalism, David has appeared on several network
television documentaries about historic fires, including productions by
the A&E Network, History Channel, The Learning Channel, the
Discovery Channel, England's Channel 4, The Travel Channel, PBS, and
the U.S. Fire Administration / Federal Emergency Management Agency.
He's also been featured on local Chicago television and radio stations,
including National Public Radio, WGN radio, the Steve Dahl Show, and
WTTW's Chicago Tonight and Chicago Stories. He holds membership in a
number of writers associations, including the prestigious Society of
Midland Authors, for whom he served as membership secretary from
2001-2002. As a public speaker, he has lectured before numerous Chicago
area historical, professional and business societies and various school
and library groups.
a showman and performer, Cemetery Larry is a native of Chicago, having
grown up across Marquette Park, Little Village, Cicero and Berwyn.
Having been a tour guide for years his obsession with Chicago
legends, lore and cemeteries lead him to finally share his fascinations
on tours and on stage. Today he works at historic Rosehill
Cemetery in Chicago, one of Chicago's earliest, largest and most
beautiful burial grounds.
a passion for storytelling, Mark entertains and informs others
through intriguing tales that bring Chicago’s history, legends,
and the supernatural to life. He has a background in graphic design,
writing, film, and theatre, as well as a love for history and
Halloween. When he’s not sharing stories of the paranormal, Mark
spends his time writing, creating films, and watching movies. You may
also find him storytelling at the ever-popular Fright Fest at Six
Flags' Great America.
Grew up in the old town neighborhood of Chicago, where he learned to
appreciate the great architecture of the city . He attended St
Michael and St Angela schools and graduated from St Patrick High
School, going on to attend Loyola University and The College of Dupage.
Tony is a long time paranormal investigator with various teams in the
Chicago area, and has appeared on My Ghost Story on
the Biography Channel and on Fox news. He started as a tour guide with
Haunted Hometowns Corporation in 2011, doing ghost tours and cemetery
ghost hunts in suburban Chicago, and loves showing visitors and natives
the haunted history of our storied region. Tony has three
children and lives in the Western Suburbs of Chicago.
you call Chicago Hauntings, you just may talk to Nick Sarlo, our
terrific customer service professional! Nick has been
investigating the paranormal for over 10 years. After having his first
experience, Nick, has wanted to find out just what happend that July
night. Today, Nick is lead investigator and founder of the group
Shadow Hunters, located in the very haunted and historic Lake County,
Illinois. He and his team have completed tons of investigations and
they have a great time doing it. "Yes you will see us laugh or being
funny on our investigations. Think about it: you are doing something
that (the spririts) know. You'll get more evidence"
Nick currently works for PetSmart, but when he's not working with
dogs he is helping Chicago Hauntings in the office, co-hosting CH's
Lake County tours, or out with his team Shadow Hunters finding answers
of the unknown. Have a question for Nick? Email him at