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2006 Library:
Spirit Rescue
by Wilma Davidson

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Love Lives On
by Louis LaGrand, Ph.D.

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Pagan Christmas
by Christian Ratsch and Claudia Muller-Ebeling

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Llewellyn's 2007 Almanac Series
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Chakra Mantras
by Thomas Ashley-Farrand

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The Mystic Foundation
by Christopher Penczak

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The General Principles of Astrology
by Aleister Crowley

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Calls to Mystic Alice
by Alice Rose Morgan

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Brady's Book of Fixed Stars
by Bernadette Brady

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Four Seasons of Mojo
by Stephanie Rose Bird

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The Key
by Echo Bodine

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PSIence
by Marie D. Jones

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The Yoga of the Nine Emotions
by Peter Marchand

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Wicca for Beginners
by Thea Sabin

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The Museum of Lost Wonder
by Jeff Hoke

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Ghosts of War
by Jeff Belanger

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Dream Exploration
by Robert P. Gongloff

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Darkside Zodiac
by Stella Hyde

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The Ghosts of the California Missions
by Richard Senate

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The Knights Templar in the Golden Age of Spain
by Juan Garca Atienza

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The Way of Four Spellbook
by Deborah Lipp

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The Wicca Handbook
by Eileen Holland

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The Sacred Embrace of Jesus and Mary
by Jean-Yves Leloup

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The Essence of Tantric Sexuality
by Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson

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Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh
by Richard Salva

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The Revelation of Saint John
by Zachary F. Lansdowne

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Family Wicca
by Ashleen O'Gaea

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Phantom Felines And Other Ghostly Animals
by Gerina Dunwich

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Kabbalah, Magic and the Great Work of Self-Transformation
by Lyam Thomas Christopher

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Founding Fathers, Secret Societies
by Robert Hieronimus with Laura Cortner

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Hymns of Hermes
by G.R.S. Mead

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Protection & Reversal Magick
by Jason Miller

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Spirit Faces
by Mark Macy

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Creative Visualization for Beginners
by Richard Webster

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Breakthrough Astrology
by Joyce Levine

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Ghost Science
by Vince Wilson

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Elemental Witch
by Tammy Sullivan

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Jesus, King Arthur, and the Journey of the Grail
by Maurice Cotterell

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Our Haunted Lives
by Jeff Belanger

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A Treatise on Angel Magic
edited by Adam McLean

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Dancing the Goddess Incarnate
by Dorothy Morrison and Kristin Madden

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Pet Ghosts
by Joshua P. Warren

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Dragonlore from the Archives of The Grey School of Wizardry
by Ash "LeopardDancer" DeKirk

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Walking with Grandfather
Joseph M. Marshall III

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Pagan Every Day
by Barbara Ardinger

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Be Blessed
by Denise Dumars

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Witch in the Bedroom
by Stacey Demarco

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On the Prayer of Jesus
by Ignatius Brianchaninov

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Voices of Flowers
by Rhonda PallasDowney

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Creepy Chicago
by Ursula Bielski

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On The Toltec Path
by Ken Eagle Feather

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Tarot Talismans
by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero

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The Remote Viewing Training Course
by David Morehouse

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The Dream Culture of the Neanderthals
by Stan Gooch

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The Mysteries of Druidry
by Brendan Cathbad Myers

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Astrology for Yourself
by Douglas Bloch and Demetra George

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The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes
Richard Firestone, Allen West, and Simon Warwick-Smith

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The Pocket Guide to Rituals
by Kerri Connor

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Ghosts of the World
by Susan Smitten

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Reader of Hearts by Darrin Owens
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Supernatural California
by Preston Dennett

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Da Vinci Tarot
by Mark McElroy

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The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy
by Brian Cotnoir

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The Case For Ghosts
by J. Allan Danelek

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Interview with author Devadatta Kali
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The Healing Power of Neurofeedback
by Stephen Larsen

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Tranceformers: Shamans of the 21st Century
by John Jay Harper

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Companion for the Apprentice Wizard
by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart

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The Lost Civilization of Lemuria
by Frank Joseph

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Haunted Rhode Island
by Thomas D'Agostino

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Kali: the Feminine Force
by Ajit Mookerjee

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So You Want To Be A Medium
by Rose Vanden Eynden

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The "True" Story of the Woodland Haunting
by Dennis Baker

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Glimpses 2
by Martha Jette

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Chakra Yoga with Gurutej Kaur
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Sacred Signs
by Adrian Calabrese

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The Mystery Traditions
by James Wasserman

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The Book of Lilith
by Barbara Black Koltuv

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An Unlikely Prophet
by Alvin Schwartz

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Shamanic Journeying
by Sandra Ingerman

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Herb Magic For Beginners
by Ellen Dugan

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The Virgin Mary Conspiracy
by Graham Phillips

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Facial Reflexology
by Marie-France Muller

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Ghost Tech
by Vince Wilson

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Silver's Spells for Love, Abundance, and Protection by Silver RavenWolf
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Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary
edited by James Wasserman

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Sacred Plant Medicine
by Stephen Harrod Buhner

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Self Hypnosis
by Dr. Bruce Goldberg

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Merlin and the Discovery of Avalon in the New World
by Graham Phillips

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The Reflexology Atlas
by Bernard C. Kolster, M.D. and Astrid Waskowiak, M.D.

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Roads to Eternity
by Sarah Wilson Estep

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Beyond Reincarnation
by Joe. H. Slate Ph.D.

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Shamanic Christianity
by Bradford Keeney

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The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja
by Ross Heaven

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Trigger Point Therapy
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The Enchanted Cat
by Ellen Dugan

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Chinese Home Remedies
by Lihua Wang

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The Ibis Western Mystery Tradition Series
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Pagan Spirituality
by Joyce and River Higginbotham

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Inner Journeys
by Dr. G. Michael Vasey

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Encyclopedia of the Undead
by Dr. Bob Curran

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Oracles of the Dead
by Robert Temple

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Witch in the Boardroom
by Stacey Demarco

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The Druidry Handbook
by John Michael Greer

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The Cherokee Herbal by J. T. Garrett
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Conspiracies And Secret Societies
by Brad Steiger and Sherry Steiger

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Inner Power
by Colleen Deatsman

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The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult
by Clement Cheroux, et al.

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How Would It Feel?
by Mary Beth Goddard, illustrated by Anna Mycek-Wodecki

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Radical Knowing
by Christian de Quincey

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Sex and the Erotic Lover
by Mabel Iam

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Magickal Crafts
by Kristin Madden and Liz Roberts

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Raphael
by Richard Webster

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Crystal Ball
by Sibyl Ferguson

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The Brother of Jesus and the Lost Teachings of Christianity
by Jeffrey J. Butz

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Vocations: The New Midheaven Extension Process
by Noel Tyl

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The Secret History of Freemasonry
by Paul Naudon

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Three Oracle Card Collections from Connections Book Publishing
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The Secret Initiation of Jesus at Qumran
by Robert Feather

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The Sacred Power of Huna
by Rima A. Morrell

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Hidden Language Codes
by R. Neville Johnston

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Tarot Journaling
by Corrine Kenner

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Mary Magdalene, Bride in Exile
by Margaret Starbird

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Babylonian Tarot
by Sandra Tabatha Cicero

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Elemental Magick
by D. J. Conway

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St. Mary Magdalene
by Tau Malachi

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Coyote Healing
by Lewis Mehl-Madrona

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The Nightmare Encyclopedia
by Jeff Belanger and Kirsten Dalley

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Nocturnicon
by Konstantinos

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The Dreamer's Book of the Dead
by Robert Moss

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Dion Fortune's Book of the Dead
by Dion Fortune

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Sexy Witch
by LaSara FireFox

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Working With Fairies
by Anna Franklin

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Seeing the Dead, Talking with Spirits
by Alexandra Leclere

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August 7, 2006

Creepy Chicago: A Ghosthunter's Tales of the City's Scariest Sites by Ursula BielskiCreepy Chicago: A Ghosthunter's Tales of the City's Scariest Sites
By Ursula Bielski
Publisher: Lake Claremont Press (August 2003)
For ages: 8-12
Pages: 135 - Price: $8.00

Interview by Jeff Belanger - info@ghostvillage.com
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Kids love ghosts. There is a growing number of "true ghost story" books for young readers to sink their teeth into. In Creepy Chicago, historian, author, and ghostlorist Ursula Bielski takes a look at some of Chicago's most renowned haunts. Though Bielski has written several books about Chicago's haunts, this is her first book for kids. We asked Bielski about her book and how she talks to her own children about the subject.

What got you interested in ghostly legends in the first place?


Ursula Bielski: I grew up in our neighborhood's haunted house, near Wrigley Field, which my parents bought a year before I was born. My earliest memories are of lying in my bed each night on the second floor of the house and hearing someone walking up the stairs from the downstairs hallway. This went on nearly every night for almost twelve years; it was something that was always with us. Naturally, I wanted to know from early on whether others had similar experiences with ghosts and the paranormal. In Chicago, even as a little girl it seemed that almost everyone had a story like this to share. At the age of five, I heard about a little ghost girl who haunts beautiful Graceland Cemetery, just about a mile from where I grew up. I became fascinated with her and, because I always begged my dad to take me there to see her grave, I began learning about her history -- and the history of many Chicagoans and their ghosts -- from these early cemetery visits.

You've written several other books about Chicago's haunted history including: Chicago Haunts, More Chicago Haunts, and Graveyards of Chicago, but this is your first book for children. What made you decide to bring your ghostlore to the children's market?

It's a funny story. Since the first success of Chicago Haunts, I've been giving lectures and workshops for kids and schools and libraries all around the Chicago area. I was grateful that so many kids liked my books -- but also horrified that they were reading them, because in the adults' books some of the stories are pretty graphic with a lot of details about the murders and other tragedies that led to some of the ghost stories. I wrote Creepy Chicago so that kids would have a "toned-down" version of the most famous stories in the Haunts books. But you know what? Now they just read both! 

Being a mother of two young girls, when and how did you first speak with
your kids about ghosts?

My daughters first learned about ghosts because mom would have to leave at night to go do ghost investigations! It was hard to explain what that was at first, but once they understood it, they were utterly fascinated by the idea. It's funny, because when I was expecting my older daughter, I was worried that she wouldn't be interested in ghosts, but now both of them are so far beyond my interest at that age!

Have you run into any angry parents who were upset by your book and its bigger implications of ghosts and spirits haunting Chicago?

Actually, no. It's been interesting, because over the years I've met many people from the American South who think very poorly of ghost stories. Many people associate them with evil and don't think we should be telling them. I've met many many other ghost hunters from other parts of the United States who've had a terrible time over the years because people from their towns don't understand our scientific interest in ghosts and the paranormal. 

Chicago is not at all like this. There is a keen understanding of ghosts as part of our culture and history, especially on the South side, where families have lived for generations and are very proud of the legends and folklore that has been with them for so long. Those parents love the books by nature, and parents on the North side, who are often described as more sophisticated, love the books because they see how much excitement they cause in their kids -- making them want to read more and learn more about history.

Why do kids love ghosts so much?

I think that, from a very young age, kids start to appreciate the way ghosts symbolize the unknown things. As we grow up, we lose so much wonder because we get smarter and smarter and understand so much of the world. It's so much fun and so important to have some things that we can't completely understand. It's relieving and relaxing not to have to know everything. Plus, it's fun to be scared! Everyone knows that!

What haunted tale from Chicago ranks among the favorite with your readers?

Most people love the story of Resurrection Mary, Chicago's most famous ghost. But kids tend to be more fascinated with the stories of ghostly children. It's interesting to me, because when I wrote Creepy Chicago especially for kids, I tried to avoid talking about the ghosts of children, because the events that created them are so sad. I thought it would be scary for kids to think about other kids dying and becoming ghosts. But I was wrong. 

Kids in Chicago are especially intrigued by the story of the old Iroquois Theater, which burned down in 1903. Hundreds of children were in the theater when the fire occurred, and many of them did not escape. Today they are still seen in the coblestoned alley behind the new theater that was built in the 1920s. They are also felt by some people -- the ghostly children sometimes try to hold the hands of people walking through the alley, and oftentimes stagehands inside the theater will hear children laughing and playing outside in the alley -- when there's no one there. Kids love this story and love going to the old Iroquois to try and experience the children for themselves.

You also run Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tours, how do kids who take the tour react when they're shown sites where actual ghost sightings have occurred?

It's wonderful to watch. There is a lot of giggling and high-pitched screaming, of course. They're riveted, and in their eyes it's just pure wonder. It's one of the best things about what I do.

What's the first movie you saw in a theater?

In Search of Noah's Ark at the old Will Rogers theater on Chicago's Northwest side. A Saturday matinee back in the '70s with about a thousand other kids there. 


Visit Ursula Bielski's Web site at: www.chicagohauntings.com

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