by Mindy Kyle
FEATURING A SPOOKY WEST SUBURBAN HAUNT EACH WEEK
What is October without a scary ghost story or two? Well, take your pick. The western suburbs of Chicago are teeming with famous hauntings and spooky histories. Perhaps it is one of your favorite restaurants or museums or a street in your neighborhood. Be prepared for shivers up your spine as we explore these haunted hot spots where the supernatural may reside. Do you believe? You decide. First up this week….
THE COUNTRY HOUSE IN CLARENDON HILLS – ONE OF ILLINOIS' MOST HAUNTED PLACES
CLARENDON HILLS–The Country House is a quaint neighborhood restaurant and bar that is famous for their half-pound burgers. Almost as famous is their resident ghost. Having been visited over the years by ghost hunters and psychics, the tavern is reportedly one of Illinois most haunted places.
In 1974, the restaurant was renovated, and that is when strange and unexplainable things began to happen: dishes levitating and crashing in the kitchen, the jukebox turning on by itself in the middle of the night, shutters opening and closing on their own, the sound of a crying baby, pounding on the walls and footsteps upstairs when no one else is there.
Mediums and psychics who have visited claim to feel the presence of a young woman looking for something she had lost. She is described as a blonde in her late twenties who died in the late fifties of abdominal injuries. A previous owner tells the story from that decade of a young woman who was dating the bartender and came in asking if she could leave her child for just a little bit. When the bartender refused her, she ran out and sped away hitting a tree about a half mile away in an apparent suicide. The woman’s ghost has only been sighted a few times, but patrons have claimed to see her in the upstairs window beckoning for them to come in.
Watch for a new west suburban haunt featured next week in Part 2 of The Haunted Locale by Mindy Kyle.