Are these bars havens for spirits of the supernatural sort? We'll let you be the judge.
Ole St. Andrews Inn
Rumor has it this Rogers Park bar is haunted by the ghost of a former owner. The current owners have reported opening a storage room to find a cash register mysteriously moved 12 feet across the floor. And female customers say they feel cold spots around their knees and thighs--perhaps the old barkeep's feeling a little randy in the afterlife.
The former owner of this neighborhood tap reportedly committed suicide in his apartment above the bar, but employees believe his ghost still enjoys hanging out downstairs. They say they encounter cold spots and find items moved to the places where he used to keep them. Once, a statue fell and shattered directly behind an employee who refused to believe the joint was haunted.
Bartender Laura Castro never believed this Uptown club was haunted until, working alone in the bar, she found a bottlecap, straw and a cocktail sword neatly arranged atop a stack of papers she had set down moments before. A psychic has identified three resident ghosts: a woman who likes to sit on the piano; a former employee; and a flirtatious former regular who repeatedly makes a grand entrance through the front door hoping someone will notice.
Red Lion Pub
Colin Cordwell is no stranger to the supernatural, and neither is his family's bar. There's no explaining why the scent of lilac occasionally wafts through the air, or why disembodied voices sometimes address his mother in the bar. A recent photo seems to depict Cordwell's long-deceased father seated at the bar with the customers.
The ghost of a woman who was hacked to death by her husband in the apartment above the bar is said to haunt this Bucktown spot. One woman swears she saw the spector leaning on the bar, and an employee inexplicably had his arm tugged.
Back in the day, this Chinatown dive bar was probably a helluva lot scarier than it is now -- it used to be an Italian funeral parlor. Need proof? There's an empty coffin in the bar area. The kegs for the beer taps are cooled in the former cold-storage locker, and the converted embalming room makes for a pretty nice kitchen.
Heather Shouse and Jessica Volpe are metromix special contributors.
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