Bonus Episode – Chicago’s Paranormal Panel with Ursula Bielski

Chicago’s Paranormal Panel – Ursula Bielski, Ghostly, and Bob After Dark

Bonus Episode! Listen to Chicagoland’s spookiest podcasts, Ghostly and Bob After Dark, on Chicago’s Paranormal Panel recorded on May 8th. Pat and Rebecca are joined by Bob Anderson and Steve Michaels from Bob After Dark and Special Guest (and paranormal guru) Ursula Bielski. Nick Mataragas from Freak of the Week serves as moderator for this amazing show.  

Chicago’s Paranormal Panelists

Ursula Bielski

Ursula Bielski is the founder of Chicago Hauntings, Inc. the leader of their Chicago Ghost Tour Team, and the host of PBS’ “The Hauntings of Chicago” (WYCC).  An historian, author, and parapsychologist, she has been writing and lecturing about Chicago’s supernatural folklore and the paranormal for almost three decades and is recognized as the leading authority on the Chicago region’s ghostlore and cemetery history. Ursula is the author of twelve popular and critically acclaimed books on the same subjects including the Chicago Haunts series and Graveyards of Chicago.

TV Appearances

Ursula has been on a ton of TV shows, including “Ghost Adventures” and “The Maury Show” (NOT a baby daddy episode).  She also edits children’s books on the paranormal for Bearport Publishing in New York and teaches courses in Paranormal Studies for Chicago’s Harper College.  Ursula received her Bachelor’s degree in history from Benedictine University and a Masters in American cultural and intellectual history from Northeastern Illinois University.

Bob Anderson

Bob is the host of the paranormal podcast, Bob After Dark. He has been a paranormal enthusiast since he was a wee-lad. Bob has dabbled in many aspects of the spooky world from both research and investigations. He is sort of a Swiss-Army-Knife in the occulty world, knowing a bit about not only ghostly hauntings, but cryptozoology, and demonology. Bob also helps people with any sort of paranormal phenomena that they may be experiencing.

Steve Michaels

Steve Michaels is a professional wrestler based out of Chicago. He  wrestles for multiple promotions across the United States and can currently be seen on the national tv show “OVW Wrestling” on YouToo America every Friday night. In his spare time, Steve is a regular cohost of Bob After Dark and has 15 years of paranormal investigation experience. Steve is also a CoFounder of the Midwest Paranormal Research Society where his primary role is as a member of their Tech Team and evidence analysis.

Patrick Harrington

Pat is one half of Ghostly and The Walking Dead Podcast on the DVMPE network. While Patrick is a known skeptic he has a love of everything spooky. You can find Pat on almost all Memoriam Development Podcasts or watching the live streams of Bob After Dark when he’s not behind the microphone.

Rebecca Rivers

Rebecca is a co-host and the resident believer of Ghostly podcast. She has been interested in the paranormal and all things spooky since childhood. Rebecca is also the host of the The Walking Dead Podcast on the DVMPE network and can be heard on multiple Memoriam Development Podcasts, including Freak of the Week and Mr. Wiggly’s Moist and Happy Friendship Garden. Rebecca received her Master’s degree in English Literature from DePaul University.

Chicago’s Paranormal Panel Stories

Hancock Building in downtown Chicago, IL

Ursula gives us all the hair-raising details of the hauntings at this famous building. After she discusses the numerous mysterious deaths and accidents over the years, she goes further by revealing its connection to spiders and cults…oh my!

St. James at Sag Bridge on Archer Avenue

Pat shares a person story that might shake his non-believer stance before he shares a twist to the Resurrection Mary story.

The Museum of Science and Industry Pioneer Zephyr in Hyde Park, Chicago, IL

Steve scares us all with the story of a haunted train that none of us knew about, and then shares his personal experiences that shook even the employees working there.

Crown Point Jail in Crown Point, Indiana

Bob reveals details about his investigation of this haunted jail, while Steve and Ursula chime in with their own experiences. From seeing the cell that Dillinger escaped from to the two malevolent male spirits, Bob’s stories are pretty terrifying.

The Eastland Disaster in downtown Chicago, IL

Rebecca tells the story of the Eastland Disaster before revealing how that tragedy led to several haunted spaces throughout downtown.

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Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann

Special thanks to our Guest Co-Host Bob from Bob After Dark. Find Bob on Facebook @bobafterdark and listen to Bob After Dark wherever you find great podcasts. And thanks to Ursula Bielski for being an amazing guest. You can find her work and sign up for a tour at