For adrenaline junkies, there’s no greater time of the year than spooky season, aka that glorious period between September and November when it’s perfectly acceptable—encouraged, even!—to scare yourself and your loved ones positively silly, just for the sheer thrill of it. Sure, you could get the job done at home with a classic scary movie or you could pretend you’re in one and experience pure terror in real life at one of the best haunted houses near Chicago.
Illinois is home to some of the most terrifying setups in the country, many of which are just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Windy City. Between the creep-tastic actors who will jump out at you from every darkened corner to the film-quality props that will have you questioning their authenticity (is that real blood?), the options for a scare fanatic are vast—there’s even one on this list that’s located in an old casket company. *Shivers*
Below, the 13 haunted houses near Chicago that are liable to give you nightmares…or worse.