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Excaliber Night Club

Chicago, Illinois

The victims of both the Great Chicago Fire, and a shipwreck in Lake Michigan were brought here. Many employees and patrons of this club now see apparitions and other strange happenings in the lower level of the building, which is now a restaurant and arcade.

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Lena says:

October 21, 2005, 4:44 pm

I’ve heard about this from just about everyone, thing is though, NO ONE has actually seen anything.

Bridget Carey says:

February 15, 2006, 10:02 pm

My sister used to work there back in the 90’s (back when the Bulls were good and used to have parties there.) She said she would always hear someone calling her name when noone was around. She also said that there are little statues that are mounted towards the ceiling that would move around and there was no way for anyone to get up to them.

Maddie says:

February 20, 2006, 3:33 pm

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO………THATS SPOOKY …………(NOT)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Liz says:

July 24, 2006, 1:25 pm

You want to know about haunted places in Chicago go on a tour. I did and had a blast. Plus you would find out that it wasn’t bodies from a ship wreck in Lake Michigan, it was bodies from a capsized boat “The Eastland” on the Chicago River.

Rani says:

August 10, 2006, 1:12 pm

hey liz how can i go on this tour i wanna know itseems like fun

Susan Moy says:

September 20, 2006, 2:52 pm

I have been to the Excaliber Night Club in the 1990’s and did not see or hear anything. The noise of the night club is too high for the ghosts and they prefer the comfortable family surroundings of their cementery.

Brenda says:

October 20, 2006, 6:25 pm

I seen a show on Sci-Fi about this place. There was a skeptic female and another guy looking for the ghost of Nat King Cole. Anyway according to the show the girl became possessed by a spirit that was watching over a little boy. Tell me think it could happen?

Theresa says:

October 26, 2006, 10:19 pm

This is for Rani. I’ve been on a certain ghost tour a few times when I’ve had a guest from out of town. It was a good tour of the history of Chicago, even if you don’t believe in ghosts. Just search for ghost tours, Chicago, and you should find what you’re looking for.

Theresa says:

October 26, 2006, 10:20 pm

oh, the link for the specific tour I’ve been on is

christina says:

November 2, 2006, 1:52 pm

my mom was in that club and she said something grave her her and she was on the floor

Junior says:

December 27, 2006, 3:40 am

Hey Ive heard about this,I saw It On the Movie “White Noise”There was a guy and a lady,the lady was all crying when she went into one room,im not sure what to bealive…

Maggie says:

January 18, 2007, 4:29 pm

The fire was in the late 1890’s. The shipwrecked boat which was on the Chicago River, happened in the early 1900’s. It was a company luncheon and there were families of the workers there, a total of 300. Everyone was on one side of the ship when it toppled over. The morgue was so overcrowded they had to take the bodies to Excalibur and the building which is now Harpo Studios,(Oprah’s studio). The ghosts can only be seen is the “red” room of Excalibur, which is a private lounge upstairs. There is a little girl that can be seen running around and giggling trying to get people’s attention.

Maggie says:

January 18, 2007, 4:31 pm

Sorry if the dates are screwed up, now that I realize it the fire was sometime in the 1880’s. But I know both incidents did not occur on the same day.

Fran says:

January 19, 2007, 4:44 pm

I worked as a cocktail waitress at Excalibur in the late 1990’s. Several times a month I was a small, blonde, very pretty little girl wandering on the lower level. She was dressed in very old fashioned clothing and never answered when I would call to her. As I would try to approach her, she would wander away.

harry pits says:

March 27, 2007, 8:57 am

i used to work when i wasda young lad, i was about 57 yrs old when the fire struck. i had to run 3 miles to get to the garden hose and fend the fire off by myself. i was killed later that day, burned to death like a witch at a stake…i am the ghost in excalibur!

Ken says:

April 4, 2007, 3:46 am

Actually, 845 people died in the Eastland disaster.

Reva says:

June 18, 2007, 1:15 am

Hey does anyone know if the Chicago Athletics Association is haunted. I just stayed there over the past weekend with my stepmom and it was a pretty wierd place. Nothing really exciting happened. It was really old looking and during the night the elevators were going nonstop, seriously. Those elevators creeped me out and I didn’t even see any other visitors in the whole building the whole weekend, so I couldn’t see why they would be going so much. Also I had to go up to our room on the 9th floor to get the baby’s carseat by myself and when I was trying to come back down the elevator doors wouldn’t open and the whole time I had a very uneasy feeling. It was also really could in the hallway on the 9th floor.

fernanda says:

September 30, 2007, 5:49 pm

this is GAY!

fernanda says:

September 30, 2007, 5:50 pm

fcuk this website

Mike says:

October 16, 2007, 10:24 am

The Eastland was a very real tragedy. It is known for certain that what is now Harpo Studios was used as a temporary morgue, but the building that is now Excalibur is usually mentioned as an afterthought as “may have also been used” as a temporary morgue.

Reyna says:

October 24, 2007, 1:04 pm

I’m born and raised in Chicago and have been to the Excaliber many times. The only thing that creeps me out is the LOOONG narrow staircase to the bathrooms the cold, musty ,dark basement (all of which can be fixed) and the one to the basthroom on the dark 3Rd floor, it’s just has a creepy layout and I think they keep those areas dark on purpose to keep this story circulating, The place is old and musty and needs to be totally remodeled. The carpeted area smell.

Thunder says:

October 24, 2007, 3:08 pm

i remember one night when i felt a slight gush of air behind me and someone touching my back. . . come to find out it was a 6’4″ woman with a huge adams apple. the only thing frightening about Excaliber is the amount of touchy-feely transvestites who frequent the joint now. i think they may have scared all of the ghosts over to the chop house. at least they can get a decent bottle of wine there.

KKZZ says:

February 24, 2008, 3:31 am

yayyayyayayayay!there’s an arcade! i wanna go there!!!
il ask my mom that 2moro!

Angel says:

April 1, 2008, 2:36 pm

I know there have been many speculations about Excalibur being haunted, as a former Chicago Resident and a “Sensitive” to paranormal prescense, I would have to believe in these speculations. I visited Excalibur on four occasions. The First occasion, in 2000, I was in the balcony area with a group of friends and I lokked across from our group toward the balcony on the other side and I seen a young gentleman standing there, still, he was in “old” attire and looked at me with a blank expression. I remember thinking, No one dresses like that anymore and when I looked again he was gone. Again in 2002 I was on the main floor with my boyfriend, along the dance floor, and I looked up toward the balcony where I had seen the man previously and to my surprise he was their, still standing, blank look, this time he put a pocket watch into his pocket and then vanished. I think when people do go to this club they are there to “party it Up” They do not have their guards down and are not in the mind set to allow the apparitions to be seen.

Gino says:

October 22, 2008, 1:32 am

I was at excaliber last week i was very wasted i seen the little girl and i wanted a bj the she unzipped my pants and when she opened her mouth she had big fangs and when she bit my ***** she disapeard i allways looked for her to get my 10$ back but i never seen her again

Angel says:

January 9, 2009, 11:38 pm

harry pits you are crazy and funny. Lol…..

Natasha says:

July 9, 2009, 6:00 pm

I love Excalibur and never noticed any “ghostly” appearances or haunts there. It is quite a fabulous club on the 2nd level I lose myself in the music.. CRAZY WILD!!! LOVVVVVVVVEEEEEE EXACALIBUR !!! XOXOXO

Asia says:

July 21, 2009, 5:57 pm

My class and I went to Excalibur for a luncheon and almost at the end of the party I felt a strange presence and everyone was looking around anxiously. I began walking around with my arms outstretched trying to locate the cold spot which was following my friend who has supernatural powers (or as she says). She began to feel dizzy and I felt a closing in on my chest. Then we had to leave, so we were all happy to leave Excalibur.

joshua says:

August 2, 2009, 12:17 am

we would like to ask permission in coming in and investigatin this mansion we are equiped and would love to investigate we are 5 to 6 teens 13- 16 yrs of age an if theres a possibility then please contact me at

Ann-Marie says:

September 26, 2010, 9:40 am

The Eastland was a very said tragedy. Here is a story about the Eastland and the Harpo Studios. Bodies were taken there as well as to what is now the Excalibur. You can also see photos of the Eastland in the article too. It was often called “Chicago’s Titanic”

Ann-Marie says:

September 26, 2010, 9:44 am

Sorry I thought I dropped the link above in my previous post, about the Eastland, pics and Harpo Studios. I do plan on investigating the stories behind the Excalibur in the future.

kisa and kiki says:

July 8, 2011, 12:50 am

weve heard creapyer and wat makes that so hunted?????????????????/

Alyssa says:

October 31, 2012, 1:08 pm

I love this comment:

harry pits says:

March 27, 2007, 8:57 am

i used to work when i wasda young lad, i was about 57 yrs old when the fire struck. i had to run 3 miles to get to the garden hose and fend the fire off by myself. i was killed later that day, burned to death like a witch at a stakeâ?¦i am the ghost in excalibur!

Nanette says:

November 2, 2012, 10:24 am

The fire escape ladder that stretches the entire side of the building came down ON MY SISTER as someone was trying to escape the bouncers! Scary

anonomyssy says:

November 16, 2012, 12:24 pm

I knew a guy who worked at Excalibur, supposedly the upstairs room where the liquor is locked and stored is uber creepy, shadows moving, etc…employees don’t like to go up there alone…

jennifer says:

May 8, 2013, 7:38 pm

i use to work there as a coat check girl and yes its true the place is haunted i seen a little girl plus there’s a cold breeze that you can feel

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