Spirits in the Night Come Alive for

Oak Park Ghost Walk

Explore the ghostly stories that are woven into the history of some of Oak Park’s most stately Victorian homes at “Spirits of the Night”, the Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest’s haunted house walk. This two-hour walking tour on Friday, October 28 will feature costumed interpreters who will tell the compelling stories of the former inhabitants of these homes who can’t seem to leave.

Reservations are required for this event and ticket sales are limited. The tour includes four haunted sites (two of which are new for 2011), and an authentic Victorian wake. 

Also new this year ... meet local paranormals who will unlock the secrets of the spirit world and share some of their "ghostbusting" efforts to "cleanse" houses of unwanted visitors. Participants will meet the spirits of former residents who will share their stories and describe their encounters with the present homeowners.

The final stop of the tour will be at the home of John Jones, the last president of the Cicero Township, who died in 1904. Visitors will pay their respects to the Widow Jones as she mourns her departed husband who will be laid out in the parlor. This Victorian wake will be complete with professional “wailers”, flowers and the local undertaker Charles Drechsler who will give a history of funeral customs at the turn of the century.

Admission is $20 for non-members and $15 for members and $8 for children 12 and under who must be accompanied by an adult. To make reservations go to the Historical Society website at www.oprfhistory.org or call (708) 848-6755.

After reservations are made you will be assigned a group departure time between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m.; reservation times will be assigned in the order they are received. 
 Tour groups will depart from the Oak Park Township parking lot (105 S. Oak Park Avenue) between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., rain or shine. 

This program benefits the Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest, a not-for-profit organization that operates a museum and research center as well as conducts history programs for the community.

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