Bachelor's Grove Cemetery

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Coordinates: 41°37′51″N 87°46′15″W / 41.63083°N 87.77083°W / 41.63083; -87.77083

Bachelor's Grove Cemetery

Bachelor's Grove Cemetery is a small, abandoned cemetery in Chicago's southwest suburbs. It is well known for its haunted reputation and supposed ghost sightings.


The land comprising Bachelor's Grove was originally held by the Batchelder family circa 1830. Ursula Bielski, author of "Chicago Haunts," asserts the actual cemetery was originally named the Everdon Cemetery. The site saw its first official burial in 1844, and contains 82 plots.[1] Burials, however, possibly go back as far as 1834, when German immigrant workers killed while working on the Illinois and Michigan Canal were reportedly laid to rest at the site.[2] More recently, the cemetery was a dumping ground for victims of Chicago's organized crime families of the 1920s and 1930s.[2]

Reported phenomena[edit]

The most common of the reported phenomena at the site typically involves floating orbs of light over tombstones and near collisions with a phantom vehicle.[3][2]

Specific manifestations reported[edit]

Bachelors Grove (photo in Infrared (IR))

Besides orbs and phantom vehicles, there have been additional reports of supernatural events at the cemetery, including:[2]

Paranormal investigations[edit]

Claims of hauntings peaked in the 1970s and 1980s.[3]

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.[5]

[3] One photograph, taken by Judy Huff Felz in 1991, includes a "supposed" full image of a ghostly figure.[3][6] Researchers have reported electronic voice phenomenon in the area.[3]


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.[7][8]



  1. ^ Bachelor's Grove Cemetery; Kleen, Michael; "Legends of Lore of Illinois—Haunted Places;" article; the Mysterious Heartland website; accessed November 2013
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Bachelor's Grove; article; Haunted Hamilton online; accessed November 2013
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Bachelor's Grove Cemetery". The Element Encyclopedia of the Psychic World. Harper Element. 2006. pp. 57–58. 
  4. ^ "Visit Dead for a Halloween Treat". The Boston Herald. October 30, 2005. "SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED" 
  5. ^ Bachelor's Grove;; accessed November 2013
  6. ^ Alex T. Paschal (October 31, 2008). "Dixon Shutterbug Boasts a Supernatural Snapshot". Daily Gazette (Sterling, Illinois). 
  7. ^ Note: plat: section 8 of Bremen Township, Cook County, Illinois.
  8. ^ Bachelor's Grove; "Graveyards of Chicago;" article;; accessed November 2013

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