Ghost Tours Are Coming Back To Andersonville, Diving Into The Neighborhood’s ‘Legends And Lore’

ANDERSONVILLE — Nationally renowned storytellers Orion Couling and Zack Meyer are bringing their ghost walking excursions back again to Andersonville following thirty day period.

Members will discover much more about the neighborhood’s lore and legends, stated Couling, a Rogers Park resident who is a licensed tour guide and has led walks in Andersonville the past four yrs.

The 1.5-mile tour starts off at 5060 N. Clark St. on the corner beside Dollop Diner and ends at Hearth Restaurant, 5739 N. Ravenswood Ave., which Meyer and Couling advise for supper and drinks soon after the wander.

You can sign up for a going for walks tour for $20 on the net. There are 12 excursions in October and the starting of November — the most Meyer and Couling have made available.

The first tour is 8-10 p.m. Oct. 6.

Couling suggests donning at ease walking shoes and bringing a h2o bottle. Persons must anticipate to learn a whole lot about Andersonville, even if they assume they presently know their way all around, he stated.

“It’s a person factor to walk down a charming street of a person of our beloved Chicago neighborhoods and go, ‘There’s a cafe I appreciate and that park I adore,’” he claimed. “And what I can say to anyone is, ‘Do you know what utilized to be there on that park? Perfectly, there was an outdated orphanage.’”

There is also a sit-down party Nov. 5 at Mrs. Murphy’s Pub, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave., so people who really do not want to do the wander can nonetheless master about the community.

Couling stated he has gone to museums, companies and nearby corporations these types of as the Edgewater Historical Modern society to accumulate tales for the going for walks tours.

“Some folks are eager to speak about the lore or legends around their businesses …,” he stated.

The aim of the ghost tour is not to get gory, but to showcase the class and record of the neighborhood, Couling claimed.

“If you can stroll via your neighborhood with a feeling of wonder and imagination, well, which is a high-quality, high-quality detail,” he said.

Andersonville is the fantastic neighborhood to host the ghost tours since it is “as charming as it gets” and is filled with plenty of restaurants and enterprises, and however its hidden background is somewhat straightforward to uncover, Couling reported.

The strolling tour is presented underneath the identical identify as the duo’s podcast, “Shadow Carriers,” which they describe as “a curated collection of paranormal folklore, assembled by two daily life-lengthy storytellers, sonically combined to convey you into the darkness and out once more.”

The podcast’s initial period, which ran September 2020-August 2021, focuses on Chicago disturbia and ghost tales. The most recent season dives into New Orleans lore and legends, in which Couling also hosts going for walks excursions.

You can listen to the podcast on Spotify, iTunes and Stitcher.

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