Over the decades as a long-time Chicago girl, I was there; as teenager, young adult and mature woman trying to see and feel but I had no luck. My friends didn’t either but I thought it was fun just to try searching for the paranormal. Close to home, Bachelor’s Grove is one of the most haunted places in the Chicago area and mainly eerie discoveries took place in the 1970’s and 1980’s. People have seen orbs, flying vehicles as well as a disappearing farmhouse. In 1984, someone saw monks in robes and in the 1990s, a ghost dog. Bachelors Grove Cemetery is just northwest of Midlothian and Oak Forest, near the Rubio Woods Forest Preserve on the Midlothian Turnpike (near its intersection with Central Avenue), in the southwest Chicago suburbs.
An historic cemetery filled with ghosts, the area has suffered abuse and neglect from those looking for that one sound or light from beyond. The earliest burial being about 1838 and the last burial took place in 1965 and 1989. One of the most well-known graves in Bachelor’s Grove is that of a baby girl who died mysteriously in the early 1900’s. Visitors to the cemetery often leave trinkets and small toys on her headstone. Photographs of her grave often include orbs captured by Haunted Illinois. Some legends say a baby can be heard crying in the cemetery in the early morning hours, just before dawn.
According to Wikipedia, The Ghost Research Society has conducted numerous investigations into the reported phenomenon, and their results have included images which contain light resembling ectoplasm as well as orbs. One photograph, taken by Judy Huff Felz in 1991, includes a “supposed” full image of a ghostly figure.
After the film was processed, according to the Ghost Research Society, it was discovered that on one frame there was the image of a strange woman sitting on a checkerboard tombstone in an old-fashioned turn-of-the-century, full-length dress. She had long brown hair and was staring off in the distance in profile. Studying the detail, parts of her body are semi-transparent, especially her head and legs. Everyone on the team was shocked with this revelation as it seemed to happen while a team member experienced electromagnetic deviations at the same time. It is one of the clearest images this author has ever seen to date! Researchers have reported electronic voice phenomena in the area.
They suggest a a documentary shot in 2009 by Cody Kats for your enjoyment. Visit his page on YouTube, Bachelor’s Grove. In 2012, the cemetery was featured on an episode of Ghost Adventures. Ursula Beilski, a Chicago legend in discovering paranormal activity, has written a book that concentrates on Bachelor’s Grove. Ursula is the founder of Chicago Hauntings and has appeared on many television shows with her spiritual discoveries.
Self guided tours are available on the Path to Bachelors Grove site since many struggle to find it. If you are planning visits, please take a look at the site and directions which is updated all the time. The Path website offers a great quote “You cannot reach a destination if you don’t know it exists,”. Maybe I need to be more confidant about meeting spirits and go back to the cemetery soon.