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Schweppe Mansion

Chicago, Illinois

This stone mansion with twenty rooms was unoccupied for half a century after the man who owned it committed suicide; he was mourning the loss of his wife Laura Schweppe. The halls are haunted by the ghost of his servant. The ghost of the former owner is seen in the bedrooms. There is one window in the master bedroom that, despite all the other windows being filthy, never needs cleaning.

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Nida says:

October 15, 2005, 3:32 pm

How come there is no location given of the actual places? Or am I just missing something?

Carina says:

October 17, 2005, 10:16 pm

Why is there no location for the haunted places? Why isn’t there any more intresting information?

rachael says:

October 23, 2005, 3:48 pm

I would like to see this how can i?

hah says:

March 4, 2006, 1:16 am

Chicago sucks trust me ive been there and they have this rele old cemetery deep in the suburbs that ive been to and its called St. James or sumthin like that and its pretty creepy lots of grave stones knocked over and its been there since the 16’00s-18’00s sumthin around there and if u go outside in the dark u will see spirits and they will posses u and make u do crazy things like the excorsism.

Maddie says:

March 19, 2006, 1:22 pm


Bob says:

April 17, 2006, 2:06 pm

Schweppe Mansion is in Lake Forest, please lets give the burbs some credit for hauntings

RaeAnne says:

June 10, 2006, 9:22 pm

Hey,Chicago is cool.I moved from Chicago to Oklahoma and I used to hate chicago,now I realize what a great place it is,anyway this story freminds me of a place mym mom told be about….in or around Wheaton?It was called Vorhees Castle?I know I’m not soelling it right but it was pronounced that way.Anyway supposedly a women died there and her boody was dragged down the stairs,supposedly every night her husband would hear it happening all over again and each morning he’d clean the blood off the stairs all over again…my mom said he built the house and there was a barn outside with a clock that never worked except fir on the night she died,and every year on that night,at the time of her death it would chime…the barn got knocked down but I did see the house before…it was spooky,abandoned,they used to give scary tours of it,my mom went when she was a teen,my grandma too…I would ask my mom more but she passed away.Does anyone know anything about this?

RaeAnne says:

June 10, 2006, 9:23 pm

wow…sorry for the typos …I was holding my daughter…

RaeAnne says:

June 10, 2006, 9:24 pm

i have much more to the story…I’ll share later

jon says:

June 12, 2006, 8:22 pm


angel says:

July 8, 2006, 10:33 pm

Voorhies Castle is east of Decatur.

Nope says:

July 15, 2006, 11:42 pm

I am friends with the person who lives in this house. And I must say I am always freaked out walking through it at night. The house is on Mayflower, in L.Forest

Nope says:

July 15, 2006, 11:44 pm

I am friends with the person who lives in this house. And I must say I am always freaked out walking through it at night. The house is on Mayflower, in L.Forest

claudia says:

July 20, 2006, 8:04 pm

it will be nice 2 add all the adrresses of the places!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Adriana Fulkerson says:

September 15, 2006, 2:02 pm

I would like to go to see those big haunted houses!

Adriana Fulkerson says:

September 15, 2006, 2:03 pm

I would like to go to see the houses

Adriana Fulkerson says:

September 15, 2006, 2:04 pm

its so cool to know about these scary homes

cheryl says:

September 23, 2006, 7:33 pm

this is for reanne. are you thinking of morton manor? its near wheaton illinois.

TrACY says:

October 7, 2006, 9:55 pm

What is the address? Do they get a lot of people driving by to check this place out?

Angie says:

October 25, 2006, 12:40 pm

I love the stories but it would be so much better to know adresses to know how the experiance really is or to just see what a haunted house looks like?!

ashley says:

October 29, 2006, 5:48 pm

to the person hah, why dont you say that to someone from chicago face because you aint seen the whole chicago cause saying that will get you shot *****

Jenny says:

October 30, 2006, 7:12 pm

This place seems a little boring!They don’t even tell us what the address is.

Smexy says:

November 26, 2006, 7:34 am

i like the ending,sqeeky clean X)

Shay says:

December 19, 2006, 3:10 pm

i think chicago is the best city. i have lived there my whole life and i prefer never to go anywhere else.

tracy lee says:

December 19, 2006, 5:22 pm

dam. the servent still cleans after death? now THATS dedication!

Hatittle says:

January 31, 2007, 11:08 am

I hve been to thos house and i must say that is it HAUNTED ~!!!!!!! BEWARE do not go here. I went here once with Joe and we were SCARED. I repeat DO NOT GO HERE. There are ghosts that like to eat childeren !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hatittle says:

January 31, 2007, 11:11 am

I have been to this house and i must say that is it HAUNTED ~!!!!!!! BEWARE do not go here. I went here once with Joe and we were SCARED. I repeat DO NOT GO HERE. There are ghosts that like to eat childeren !!!!!!!!!!!!!

melissa says:

February 3, 2007, 9:41 pm

where is this place located? I would really like to go and see it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

karina says:

February 13, 2007, 2:30 pm

Give the public more info. I would like to visit this mansion to see if its true.

Myles says:

June 27, 2007, 9:46 pm

Hey i live in chicago… and they forgot about my haunted house. i found a man… dead on the floor when we moved in. i love to go down in the basement… but this is why i am terrofied of it now. the foccet turns on and off randomly, whispers go with the wind when the window opens, and get this. one day i saw the closet handle in the basement moving. when we called the police they opened the door. it was still squirming, but nothing was found on the other side… spooky huh?

jennifer says:

July 13, 2007, 12:59 pm

hey iam jennifer 10 years old i wannt to ask you something they say wer i lve is honted iam scar … that a old lade dae ther is it true plzz seand me something in my e-mail is 2136 the aress i move ther

me-me says:

October 20, 2007, 2:56 pm

i went there it was so crazy and was scary i will never go back there again

Megan says:

October 26, 2007, 4:18 pm

im pretty sure this comment box isn’t weather or not you like chicago .. it’s about the haunted house.

liz appleyard says:

January 23, 2008, 10:38 pm

my mom and her friend and me have been afected by a spertit we are women and now that we we the story about it we can no longer be afraid of the base ment and what happend thank for the info.aney qwestins e-mail me illbe happy to answer an qwestens.

KKZZ says:

February 24, 2008, 3:23 am

my god, jus clean the damn windows, beyatches!

Ashley Electric says:

May 8, 2008, 12:53 pm

Rhode Island is very haunted. Many super natural experiences come from their. So, Why don’t you guys have it up there. I am a future paranormal investigator. This website could use my help.

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LouJohn says:

August 6, 2008, 8:25 am

47X Mayflower Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

It’s four something. You can’t miss it. Look at Mayflower Road, Lake Forest, IL on google maps. It only runs about a mile and there’s only a few houses on the block. It’s hard to miss a 20 room mansion…

Spooky Boy says:

August 21, 2008, 7:10 pm

How do I get in this house to do a haunted documentary?

jason silsdorf says:

September 24, 2008, 10:47 pm

i have been here and my friend went in it was freaky if you dare to go then go but i dont think if you would go

jason silsdorf says:

September 24, 2008, 10:58 pm

hey this place is haunted be carefull

Gary Herzberg says:

September 28, 2008, 6:50 pm

o my god my firend worte somthing before i did i did not go in the mansion but he and my other friend did jason is my friend by the way and my ohter friend was alex but they call him miclovin becasue he looks like him

beenthere says:

October 11, 2008, 11:06 pm

Dont worry about trying to see this place. You will drive past the front and all you will see is a fence with shrubs all along the front then a huge brick house which is not the mansion but the gate house, further down from the gate house is the gate and from that all you can see is the long driveway. You will NOT beable to even view the actual mansion from the road. It is however a lovely area! Many chicago socialites live right around there.

Cindi says:

November 29, 2008, 2:09 am

Came across this site in search of info on ‘Carter Simms’, supposed Paranormal Investigator…
I am from S/W suburbs of Chicago, there are MANY haunted locations thru out the state. I am a full time Paranormal Investigator. My team & I are consistently asked to assist folks with their paranormal problems. Feel free to check out our website:

JOHNNN says:

February 14, 2009, 12:08 am

the house is on mayflower rd. in lake forest

Random says:

April 6, 2009, 6:14 pm

This house is on mayflower road in Lake Forest Illinois, close by where I live. I believe this may be a picture of it. I am not 100% sure so dont get mad..

More info:This English Tudor mansion was purchased as a wedding gift for Laura Shedd and Charles Schweppe, the mansion has 20 bedrooms and 18 bathrooms.

When Laura Schweppe died in 1937 at the age of 58 she had a fortune of over $10 million dollars of which only $200k was left to her husband the rest went to her children. With Charles disappointment in this and him being 60 years old, he started to have trouble sleeping and his mental health started to deteriorate. In 1941 his servants found him dead in bed with a gun shot to the head, a note with “I`ve been awake all night. It`s terrible” was found on the dresser.

The mansion was then unoccupied for 46 years after his death. During this time there were rumors that the ghost of the family`s servant haunted the mansion`s hallways and kitchen area, while the ghosts of the owners haunt the bedrooms. It was said that one of the windows of the master bedroom never needed to be cleaned, while all the others collected dust over the years. After the 46 years of being abandoned the mansion was then purchased by a couple for over $5 million.
hope that helped

Hannah says:

April 19, 2009, 3:41 pm

I used to live in IL. in a town called Danville. Across the street, the was a little white abandon house. Even though we were little, my brother and i used to see strange things through the windows. We moved to SC in 2004. But, when we visit, that house still gives me the creeps.

bob says:

July 6, 2009, 11:59 pm

This house is up for sale $18,000,000. It is located on the Lake in Lake Forest, IL. Beautiful, but scary. Check it out on

mildred says:

July 13, 2009, 8:24 pm

any chance the family in the “haunted mansion” in Lake Forest would let an investigative team go in? we’d love the chance to work that one!!!

joshua says:

August 2, 2009, 12:06 am

could we have your permission in coming in an investigating your building
(we are teens from 13-16 yrs of age)

joshua says:

August 2, 2009, 12:11 am

if there is any posibility of a chance can you please conact me through my email address , we would luv this great chance (we have 5 or 6 teens )


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Ez says:

October 27, 2009, 12:49 am

I wish I knew a way 2 actually experience a haunted place… 2 bad my house isn’t haunted. Can any1 help me?

Cindi says:

October 27, 2009, 4:32 am

Hi! Just found this site. I am a Paranormal Investigator. My Team & I help home/business owners who are haunted. Our Team works thru out the Midwest States (IL., IN, WI, Iowa, MI, KY, etc.)
You would be amazed on how many people have problems with paranormal activity. Most houses look/feel normal on the outside… but, inside is completely different!
Feel free to check our website: R.I.P. has field excursions, activites & classes for those interested in ghosts.

Destiny says:

February 17, 2010, 12:19 pm

i have seen ghousts before so believe in them because they are all ways around you!!!!!!!!!!!

libby says:

October 11, 2010, 10:36 pm

the actual address for the Schweppe manision is 405 Mayflower Rd in LAke Forest

Shinowa says:

February 27, 2011, 9:17 am

Trust me. This is freaking freaky. I used to live by where Bloody mary’s tomb is and where her spirit is and where her spirit hangs out there. I heard that she asks men to give her a ride to the cemetary.

Marina Gipps says:

April 1, 2011, 9:12 pm

It may be located on Mayflower Road on the east end of town (near the Lake on the North Shore) in Lake Forest (thirty miles north of Chicago). Just think east of Sheridan Road.

Marina Gipps says:

April 1, 2011, 9:16 pm

Allegedly, 405 Mayflower Road according to other websites but I don’t know if I believe this stuff.

Marina Gipps says:

April 1, 2011, 11:24 pm

I don’t think this story about this house is true at all. I have driven by it and it has a good vibe. I think the entire thing is probably made up.

georganne says:

October 2, 2011, 10:12 pm

The house ia for sale at $ 15 million.

JANA says:

March 27, 2014, 9:29 pm

I would like more info on this Voories Castle in decater IL…. I think my great great great uncle built that place

Kendrick says:

March 31, 2017, 2:27 am

Just visited the mansion tonight and took some pictures. After carefully looking at one of the pictures, I was able to notice a ghostly woman looking out through one of the windows on the upper level of the house. Creepy, I must say. This house is haunted, and there is no doubt about it.

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