Imagine ghost hunting an ENTIRE TOWN, in a single spooky night! That’s just what’s going to happen on May 18, 2019 in Antioch, Illinois with Hunt the Town™!
We present the town of Antioch, Illinois, which is no ordinary town! It holds a remarkable amount of history! Hunt the Town™ will show it's event guests just how haunted this history can be. For the first time ever, the Supernatural Investigation Crew and US Paranormal Research (Paranormal Investigation Teams from the Wisconsin/Illinois area) are joining efforts to offer an investigation that spreads across five of the most haunted places in the downtown area of this spectral town!
A horse carriage mounted on a truck chassis hauls tourists in front of the Grice Hotel ~ Credit: Chicago Tribune “A History of Antioch”
History will be awakened by the dead on this night. Stirred by the souls that are waiting to tell all, their legacies will be return to life! Through the guidance of some of the most respected celebrity and seasoned paranormal investigators, the public will actually experience these spanning decades from the past.
FIRST HAUNTED LOCATION:
The PM&L Theatre originally opened in 1914 under the name “Crystal Theatre”. In 1962, a local theatre troupe began to rent the theatre and fell in love with the brick building and by the 1980's, decided to make the Northern end of Main Street their permanent home, purchasing it. Throughout the decades the troupe has reported many strange incidents. Most recently, Supernatural Investigation Crew, one of the event hosts, visited the theatre to review claims of hearing little girls giggling in the back row of seating and apparitions appearing in photographs.
The Haunted PM&L Theatre ~ Credit: EnjoyIllinois.com
SECOND HAUNTED LOCATION:
The Antioch School House
Just a bit farther north on the same road sits the next location, the Antioch School House. The iteration of the school house sitting on the property, was constructed in 1892 with four classrooms, housing all ages. As the student population grew, a Western-facing addition was added. By 1915, a separate high school had to be built and therefore the school was used lower grades until the 1930s. From the 1930s to 1970, the building was used for additional classes. The school band also occupied this space. Later on, the historical society took control of it, when talks of demolition began to circulate. Today, the building operates as a museum of the Antioch history. US Paranormal Research, the events co-hosting team, has spent many hours investigating this location, with reports of mechanical operations with no physical triggering, light orbs, EVPs and shadow figures.
The Haunted Antioch School House ~ Credit: Flickr.com
Not Enough? Get ready for this!
The remaining three buildings have never been investigated before! Anticipation awaits as Hunt the Town™: Antioch, Illinois event investigates the haunts of these historical pearls for the first ever.
THIRD HAUNTED LOCATION:
JJ Blinker’s Joke, Magic and Costume Shop
This (locally known to be haunted) property sits right across the street from PM&L Theatre. At one time, the property that is occupied JJ Blinker’s Joke, Magic, & Costume Shop today, wasn’t always as jovial as it is today. The upstairs was once used for embalming the dead for the Strang Funeral Home. Yes, this was the last stop for the complete remains of the recently deceased, before plunged into a grave! Rumors have long circulated of hauntings. During the event, maybe you will find out who truly has the last laugh.
The Haunted JJ Blinker’s Joke, Magic and Costume Shop ~ Credit: Yelp.com
FOURTH HAUNTED LOCATION:
Freemasons of Antioch (Masonic Lodge #175)
The Freemasons of Antioch has had various reports of strange happenings! The event hosts are thrilled to be invited here and anxious to see what these spirits have to say after being silenced for so many years.
The Haunted Freemasons of Antioch ~ Credit: The East Bay Times
FIFTH HAUNTED LOCATION:
Rustic & Reclaimed Market
The final building was one the SIC team happened upon by sheer chance. While out seeking locations, Annley and Aaron of Supernatural Investigation Crew, noticed an empty building. Aaron commented about the odd feeling he got just looking into the windows. Unable to engage the property since a new business moving into it, Annley and Aaron moved on. About a week later, they received a reply from a local business, Rustic & Reclaimed Market, responding to a SIC’s community engagement announcement. It would turn out that this business were the ones actually moving into the empty building. They were motivated to be involved in the ghost since, since they’ve been experiencing strange experiences during the renovation process. From this, SIC were happy to accept an invitation to bring the tour through!
The Haunted Rustic & Reclaimed Market ~ Credit: Rustic & Reclaimed Market FaceBook Page
But wait, there’s more!
Ghost Hunting five properties is simply not enough effort to showcase the hauntings of Antioch, Illinois! To round out the experience, a walking history tour of locations (that were not available for investigation) will be given.
In the meanwhile...
Here’s a fun fact of Historic Antioch Illinois!
Here’s the scene at the rear Bussie's Tavern after the fifth area bombing of a gambling house in 27 days in 1949. Though the "handbook" had seemingly closed, Sheriff Stanley M. Christian said that it had been sneaking bets. Antioch residents said that Chicago gang slot operator John (Blacky) Sullivan made his headquarters there.
Remnants of a Gambling House after a bombing in 1949 ~ Credit: Chicago Tribune “A History of Antioch”
Historic Walking Tour
Highlights from the scheduled Historic Walking Tour will include the Lodge of Antioch, a bar and restaurant with local paranormal investigations frequently occurring and former bank turned restaurant.
The Lodge of Antioch to be included in Historical Walking Tour of Antioch Illinois ~ Credit: The Lodge of Antioch Facebook Page
Join this amazing day!
Limited amount of tours and investigations are available, to assure a remarkable and intimate experience. So do hurry and purchase your tickets soon! For those that wish to just visit with the celebrities, contributor and fellow attendees, the General Admission ticket will offer a special day, as well. Hear several lectures from our Celebrity Line-Up! The vendor hall will feature a Meet and Greet, merchandise for sale and metaphysical workers, available for readings. In addition the premier of Haunted Journey’s Chamber of the Haunted will offer a Virtual Reality experience of the most spirited properties in the country! Expect a phenomenal day on May 18, 2019 in Antioch Illinois!