A Spooky Map of the 5 Spookiest Places in the Loop

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It’s Halloween, fellas. Time to carve some pumpkins, light a candle, watch Goosebumps, smash some glass, and, of course, get spooked! Lucky for you, the spookiest places in the Loop are crawling with frightening frights. Go find ‘em with this here map!

5.) The weird walkway next to The Getz Theater:
If you’re looking to get spooked this Halloween season, look no further than the random wolf statue-infested walkway right next to the Getz. This 10-second ghost walk will have you yelling: “Was that a homeless wizard in a cloak, or a rock-shaped statue waiting for me at the end of this path?” Also, each statue is currently covered with ghostly white sheets for some undisclosed reason? That’s some actual scary shit.

4.) The 7/11 On the Corner of 8th and State:
Crack open a couple Mountain Dews and brave yourself before entering this spooktown. The flickering fluorescent lights, the crusty old sandwiches, and the intense gaze of the cashiers are enough to frighten anyone. After you grab your cigs and walk out, you probably think you’re safe. You are incorrect. There is a 78% chance a few crazies are waiting right out front to say some typical crazy person shit to you like, “HeY! gImMe A cIgArEtTe YoUnG sIr. SHIT.” Truth is, you’re not really safe until you pass Pauly’s Pizza. That whole strip on State Street is just spooky.

3.) The Congress Plaza Hotel:
Considered to be one of the most haunted places in the country, The Congress Hotel is sure to scratch your scare itch. Allegedly, there is a room on the 12th floor so scary that the door has been sealed off forever and hidden behind wallpaper. Pussies. Many guests often say they can hear footsteps and people talking in the halls. But, like, it is a hotel, a building where guests are typically walking the halls, but that’s pretty darn spooky! 

2.) Grant Park (alone, at night) (by yourself):
There’s really no history here. It’s just scary as hell.

1.) The Oriental Theater:
Five weeks after this theater opened in 1903, a huge fire—the worst fire in American history at the time—killed 602 people. Residents of the building behind the theater claim to hear weird sounds at night and get a feeling of uneasiness. Funny, since most people walking around the city of Chicago report the same exact thing.

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