A very enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable guide. A pretty spooky basement. And a small group that were very much into the experience. We had a fun night and would recommend it to anyone that is interested in ghosts, contacting the spirit world etc.
- Alf Fredrik
Wow, I really could not have had a better experience with this company! I wanted to do something out of the ordinary for my 27th birthday, so why not attempt to contact ghosts? From start to finish, working with Karen to organize everything went seemlessly. You can tell that she loves what she does and really wants every customer to get the most out of his/her experience. We got an excellent group discount and they were so accommodating as I worked to get together all the money and info for the 26 people in our party. The days leading up to the event, Karen was sure to contact me with helpful tidbits for the day (wear comfortable clothing/shoes, bring a camera/camera phone, etc.), and answer any questions I had. The night of the event came, and not one person (out of 26, don’t forget) had one bad thing to say about the experience or any of our three guides (Lisa, Alison, and Andy). Lisa, Alison, and Andy were absolutely amazing! They were incredibly kind, hilarious, and knowledgeable about the experience and all that goes into a great ghost tour. They even gave me a cute glow in the dark ghost keychain since it was my birthday! In terms of the experience, I cannot tell you how many people have heard our stories from the night (keep in mind this was yesterday and I am already writing a glowing review because that is how amazing this was), and now want to go on the tour. I definitely have always believed in ghosts and communicating with those who are no longer living, but I am certainly more of a see it to believe it kind of girl. Let me tell you, I believe it. The materials we used to communicate were so cool, and the amount of activity every group experienced (26 people divided into 4 groups) was astounding. In addition to my two cousins in two separate groups communicating with their mother who passed away years ago, all three of us (in three separate groups) communicated with my grandma who passed away 2 years ago. I know some people may be skeptical, but I can honestly say I got more from this experience then I ever could have imagined. I know I will be talking about this for years to come and I cannot wait to go back! -Sarah P.S. Sorry for such a long review! I have never even written a Google review, but this is how much I loved this experience!!
- Sarah LaFrancis
These ghost tours are fantastic! The guides are wonderful, and they all shared great knowledge and experience with the guests to help us have a successful paranormal investigation of our own. I’ve been on two tours, and using the divining rods, I’ve made contact with spirits both times. I even got to communicate with my friend who had passed away last year!
- Karen Van Den Hende
My friends and I had an absolutely amazing experience. What I thought was just supposed to be scary fun ended up being very personal and leaving me with instant peace with a passed loved one. Although not a skeptic, I went in with an open sense of humor and left with amazing faith in the afterlife and guardian angels. Thanks to Brian, Margo, and Karen for such an excellent experience.
- Annette Martin
Our first outing with the team ended up being the last event held at the Red Lion pub on Lincoln. The three of us had paranormal interests, but still had that inkling of doubt because we’d never experienced much firsthand. I can cut to the chase and say that we all left without the doubt. It was a great experience, and Brian and the rest of the CGI crew is friendly, professional, and made this well worth it. We all want (and need) to do it again, and I’m always telling people that express an interest that CGI is the way to go.
- Dave S
x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x AMAZING! I have been on the investigation 2 times, and will be back again for sure. a spirit came through that said it was connected to me, I did not recognize the 2 names that our group got, but after I looked up a family newsletter from my grandfather which he always includes some of our family history dating back to when our ancestors came over on the Mayflower. Sure enough there was the names, It was 2 of my family members. I was not aware of the names and details…. there was no way anyone there could have been so accurate unless my grandpa himself was there feeding the info. but he is in Cali. I reccomend believers and non-believers alike, give it a try, it is a great experience!
- Jade Maciejewski
This is NOT a ghost tour, but ghost hunting expedition – how did I miss that? Did not know what to expect going here on Halloween weekend, especially when the guide said, “it’s not a matter if you will contact ghosts, but when and how many.” They provided the perfect intimate setting, were quite educational, and not cheesy. It was the perfect Halloween weekend activity.
- Lizette Penalber
This is such an amazing experience! I promise, encounters with ghosts has to be one of the best experiences that you’ll have in Chicago. This tour is just like the ‘Ghost Hunters’ or ‘Ghost Adventures’ shows except that you are the investigators. And I can tell you, that even if you are a skeptic, this tour will seriously make you question that. There were just to many unexplained events on the tour to be purely coincidental. Plus, the guide, Lisa in our case, was extremely knowledgeable, polite, and down to earth. She even gave us a ride back to our Hotel. Brian the owner of the company is great too. +1 for this tour. I’ll definitely check this out again.
- A Google User
If you want a true paranormal experience, this is the tour to choose. I’ve been on two other ghost tours before–one in Charleston SC and one here–and all we did was stop at bars and cemeteries and hear stories about ghosts. No encounters and no equipment. This experience is similar to what you see on the paranormal shows — your guide teaches you to use equipment to find spirits and shows you how to use dowsing rods to chat with them. It is not scary at all – it’s fun and a little eerie in a good way – like great for a Halloween event, a fun outing with colleagues from work or a great date! If you are interested in the paranormal in general, you will want to come back A LOT…it is that good. On our tour, we spoke with an American Indian from the 1800s, an older man who died in his 80s, and some of our group’s “BYOG” (bring your own ghost) ghosts. No lack of ghosts! Two of the people in our group were skeptics and afterwards said, “This was real.” That was an eye-opener for me. Be sure to bring a camera – nobody in our group remembered to bring one – and the ghosts can and apparently do show up on video or camera. Some of the photos in the office were wild! One other thing I liked about this tour – afterwards, they try to research the people you have communicated with to verify the information through public records. I highly recommend this tour. It’s one of those amazing experiences you will never forget. This is a must-attend event! It’s a blast!
- A Google User
One of the most amazing, intense experiences I have ever had! Not at all what I expected… But in a positive way! I have done other paranormal tours in Chicago that were interesting, but not much more than a history lesson with some ghost stories thrown in. (no actual interactions or indications that ghosts were among us.) but this is THE real deal! Not only did we learn about and get to use all the scientific ghost detecting tools, but we actually communicated with spirits and captured anomalies in photographs! I definitely believe wholeheartedly that this location is very haunted. Don’t be surprised if your own personal BYOG ghost communicates with you while you are here. It is so emotional if/when they do, you may want to have some tissues handy! I will definitely be visiting CGI again. It was money well spent for the experience of a lifetime! Im a believer!
- Marlen Molina
I recently attended a Ghost Investigation this past Saturday (1/19/13)…..and had the most amazing experience. I want to take the opportunity to thank you for that:) and wanted to tell you about my experience before attending the investigation. I have never ever had a customer service experience like I did with Karen. She truly went above and beyond in taking time to explain every aspect and answer every question. This is imperative to anyone but even more so when you are bringing two teens (who are very impressionable) to this type of event. Additionally, the information she provided me with was extremely helpful in preparing my self and the teen girls I was bringing for the experience. We had a BYOG experience that will forever be remembered. My father passed away 3/4/11…..we lived in the same building and needless to say we were very close. My daughter was his dumplin (he and my mother took care of her when I went back to work after having her) and they had an incredible bond as well. Needless to say we made contact with him on Saturday and even have an apparition of him in one of the photos. Thanks to Karen my daughter and I were prepared for this….if Karen hadn’t gone above and beyond in providing the information she did we may not have had the same experience. So in conclusion, hold on to Karen with everything you have…..it would be impossible to find a replacement for someone that gives from the heart like she does. The night of the event was awesome…the guides were incredible and took time to answer every question, help in anyway, and even looked at pics we had questions about. Thank you for your time and for the opportunity to talk to my Daddy one more time:) Everyone should attend one of these Ghost Investigations….it is something you will remember forever!!!
- D Gleeson
This was a great experience! I came with 14 girls ranging in age from 14-17 and they had a great time! It was an enlightening experience! We made contact with several spirits. I was a bit skeptical at first but after this… not anymore! I would def go back in the near future. The guides were wonderful. The customer service was outstanding. The owner was knowledgeable and informative! Actually, some of the girls told their family members about it and they can’t wait to go! Thanks Chicago Ghost Investigation for my daughter’s wonderful 15th birthday and an amazing experience for all of us!
- Susan Wiechec
reviewed a year ago
My son and I went and we had a very, very good time. He really enjoyed it. The guides were helpful and the setting was very spooky, but not frightening. Which is good, it is not meant to be a frightening experience. They explain the equipment and gave demonstrations. Even if you are a non-believer, you will have an enjoyable night.
Interactive? Yes. Intriguing? Yes. Paranormal activity? Yes. Will I be attending again? Yes. This was the most interesting and educational tour I have ever been on. Didn’t sit in a bus and listen to someone tell me the history of the building or what “legend has it”. I was able to use gizmos and gadgets to search for my own. and in the end, I spoke to one. Totally out of the ordinary and very unexpected. I really recommend you see for yourself.
This was soo much fun! I wasn’t expecting too much from this tour… But I was amazed! The guides are fantastic! And the place was waaayyyyy creepy! There is great communication from everyone involved from the very first email…. Through the tour, and beyond! Thanks guys!
- Carrie Dicker
I would define myself as a skeptic. I work at a church that is supposedly “haunted” and thought it would be interesting to go on this tour with my daughter. I found the experience totally enlightening and believe that everyone should take this tour at least once in their lifetime.
- Sharon Van Den Hende
My wife and I went on the investigation on 11/5/2011. We had a very fun and entertaining experience. The warehouse is definatly creepy. The communications with the spirts was cool and the divining rods were really active. Using the ghost box, I was able to capture several EVPs from a police office who died in the 1930′s. He was caught on the voice recordings responding to his name and answering questions. Our guide, Andrew shared a lot of knowledge and experiences with us. I never felt like we were watching him investigate but instead he was teaching us how to investigate. From an entertainment value, this was the best hundred bucks we spent in Chicago that weekend and will remember this for the rest of our life. If you are a skeptic, this may change that. If you are a believer, this will confirm that. If you want to do something different and have cool pictures, video and stories for your friends, this beats hanging out at some ritzy club 1000%. Thanks for the great time
- A Google User
This was an awesome experience! My boyfriend and I are very into the paranormal and so we jumped at the chance to go on this investigation because it was hands-on (as opposed to sitting on a bus looking at haunted buildings) and allowed us to learn about ghost investigation and use the tools of the trade to communicate with spirits. And we were definitely not disappointed! We were able to communicate with 3 spirits, one of which was a young woman who died at the site during the Prohibition Era! Our guide Lisa was wonderful, kind and very knowledgable, and the owner of the company Brian was very friendly, enthusiastic, and professional. We will definitely be going on another investigation again and I recommend that everyone, skeptic or not, to try this tour!
- A Google User
“One of the best ghost tours EVER! With Chicago Ghost Tours, you actually communicate with the “ghosts” It’s not like an average “tour” you are actually talking to, and getting answers from the other side.
I would come from California to Chicago JUST for Chicago Ghost Tours again and again.
Brian and his crew know so much, it makes it one of the most amazing experiences I will ever ever have.”
-Jeannine D. via Yelp!
“This was soo much fun! I wasn’t expecting too much from this tour… But I was amazed! The guides are fantastic! And the place was waaayyyyy creepy! There is great communication from everyone involved from the very first email…. Through the tour, and beyond! Thanks guys!”
-A Google User via Google Reviews
“Just wanted to say thanks for the fantastic day! We (my sisters Tammy, Beth and I ) had an awesome time with you. You were so nice and really made the experience enlightening and positive. On the water boat and train ride home we told everyone about the tour and how much we enjoyed it. I found out that Waverly is booked up for tours through January but will resume in March. They will do an overnight tour so if you are interested let me know and Ill see about getting it booked. I think my sister Tammy would love to go. Anyway, I know they will let you know if they have the psychic party. Thanks again for the great day. I am hoping to go the next time my sisters plan a tour and will bring my daughtershe is really psyched to go!’
“I was part of the group that recently toured The Red Lion’s Pub. First, I want to thank you for offering something like this. I had a great time, and never would have guessed I’d get so into it. But I’m writing because I’m hoping to get some more information. I’m definitely “a believer.” I pretty much always have been, and have always sensed spirits around me. I guess I was just waiting for a chance/excuse to confirm my suspicions, and your tour really did that for me. Since I went on it, I’ve been slightly obsessed – I now have a million questions about some of the stuff you talked about, and pretty desperately want to go back. I’m not sure when I’ll have a chance to sign up for another tour – as a foster care caseworker, I’m very overworked and underpaid – and I’m not sure when I’ll have the time or cash to go again. Until then, could you point me in the right direction to find out more info? There’s so many books, and websites, and all that out there, I don’t really know where to start. It probably doesn’t help that I’m interested in learning about everything – how to detect/contact spirits, their journeys, stories about “hauntings” and successful contact that was made… like I said, I have a million questions. Any suggestions about where I can go/what I can read to find out more info? I’d really appreciate it. And as much as I’ve been talking about this since I went a few weeks ago, my friends would appreciate it too, so I’ll finally stop talking about it! (Although I did convince at least one of them to go with me when I do it again!) Thanks for your help, and good luck with your investigations!
I just started putting a myspace page together but once I get it up and running, I’m definitely including a link. The tour was awesome, and I know there are tons of people like me out there that would love to do it, but just need to know where to go. So I’m more than happy to try and drum up a little more interest/business for you guys. Again, thanks for offering this, and for showing me/our group such a good time. Have a great weekend!”
“…. My nephew is still talking about our trip and especially the ghost tour. Expect to see one of us again in the future! Best wishes for a grand 2007! Glenda M Hey! This is Brian from the tour the other night. Thanks again for such a great night. We had a blast. We can’t wait to do it again. I’ll will attach some photos I have taken plus some of the photos from the other night. I’m not sure, but a lot of the pictures look like they have orbs in them.”
“Just to let you know, I ordered some copper divination rods. I’ve taken pictures in my apartment and see an orb there. It feels peaceful, so I thought I’d try to see if I could communicate. I’ll let you know what happens. I would like to stay in touch with you. I know Alison and Art would to. It was so great meeting you!”
“Congratulations. We had such fun on our ghost hunt! My nephew, Harrison, is still talking about it and I’ve recommended it to anyone who plans to be in Chicago. I should have sent the attached to you upon our return, but better late than never? Anyway, these photos were taken on our Ghost Tour in July. Again, congratulations!!”
“Just wanted to thank you again for everything you taught us during ghost hunting at Excalibur last weekend. Art and I had such a wonderful time – and it was even better meeting you. We just knew right away that you were a truly gifted individual with such a beautiful spirit. I am still hoping that we will be able to meet again. Let us know if you learn of any extra special opportunities. Arts mom was interested in the rods, and I was hoping you might be able to let me know where I can purchase a set. She is sure there is a spirit living in her home and wants to be able to communicate with him or her. She has had water turn on, lights turn on and off and most photos taken in her home have the most beautiful orbs. Blessings.”
- Alison & Art