087 Most Haunted: Chicago Water Tower

The Chicago Water Tower seen from across the busy Michigan Avenue. Inside the 47 m tall tower there was a 42 m high standpipe to hold water. In addition to being used for firefighting, the pressure in the pipe could be regulated to control water surges in the area.

Is the Chicago Water Tower Haunted?

Is the Chicago Water Tower haunted? Special guest host Mondo joins Ghostly to talk about one of the most haunted places in Chicago, the Water Tower on Michigan Avenue. It’s also one of the oldest buildings in the city, having survived the Great Chicago Fire. Dion McGill from Off the Beaten Podcast joins us to talk about the city we love and the Magnificent Mile area. Listener discretion advised for this episode. Listen and vote!

Questions Explored in this Episode

Where, when, and why was the Chicago Water Tower built? How did it survive the fire? What is it used for now? How did Chicago make its water safe to drink? Did someone die the night of the fire and is that spirit still in the building? What other spirits have been seen?  Is it full of paranormal activity?

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Listener Mail

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History of the Chicago Water Tower

Pat explores the history of the buildings and how they were an important part of the growth of the city. Special guest Dion McGill from Off the Beaten Podcast joins us for a very special interview to set the scene in Chicago and the area around the building.

The Debate – Water Tower

Pat and Rebecca debate the paranormal evidence including a shadowy figure and mysterious phone calls. And you know Mondo has a song (or two) for us!

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Sources for this Week’s Episode
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Water_Tower and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_W._Boyington
Windy City Ghosts: https://windycityghosts.com/chicago-water-tower/
Chicago Curbed.com: https://chicago.curbed.com/2019/9/4/20849839/chicago-historic-water-tower-michigan-avenue
Chicago Tribune: https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/chi-chicagodays-watertower-story-story.html
Archipedia.org: https://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/IL-01-031-0095
Only In Your State: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/illinois/chicago/creepy-story/
Vamode: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/illinois/chicago/creepy-story/
Haunted Journeys: https://www.hauntedjourneys.com/haunted-sites/1459-haunted-illinois-chicago-water-tower
Ghosts and Ghouls: https://ghostsnghouls.com/chicagos-haunted-water-tower/
Cool Things Chicago: https://coolthingschicago.com/haunted-places-in-chicago/
WTTW: https://interactive.wttw.com/chicago-stories/chicago-fire/the-water-tower-survived-we-will-survive-the-buildings-and-objects-that-outlasted-the-chicago-fire
Chicago Hauntings – Strange Angles: https://chicagohauntings.com/2019/07/09/strange-angles-haunted-chicago-architecture/

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

“Pat Facts” and “Ghost Story” themes by Mondo
“Time for a Debate” theme by Gail Gallagher gailgallaghermusic.com