Village of Antioch to host downtown ghost tours
Event visits sites that have long histories of ghost lore!
ANTIOCH, Ill. (September 27, 2022) — This fall, the Village of Antioch is offering the chance to explore its haunted side! Downtown Antioch is full of over 150 years of history and lore. Locals have exciting stories about past businesses and residents who have passed on. However, there are some stories about residents who have died but never left. During Antioch’s downtown Ghost Tour, participants will visit the sites of alleged hauntings and hear stories from paranormal experts about the strange sights, sounds, and activities they discovered while doing research.
The Antioch Ghost Tour is scheduled for Friday, October 21, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The tour starts at the historic Antioch Theater. Registration starts at 5 p.m., followed by a 5:30 p.m. presentation by the U.S. Paranormal Research organization, at the Theatre. After the presentation, participants are broken up into several groups. Each group with start their walking tour at the assigned venue. A guide will route the smaller groups to their assigned locations downtown. At the end of the tour, there will be a Q&A session at the Antioch Theatre. The night will wrap up with a free movie at the Antioch Theater, with a 10:45 p.m. showing of Paranormal Island, which was filmed at nearby Blarney Island!
“We collected a lot of evidence from each location on the tour,” said tour host and paranormal expert and lead investigator with U.S. Paranormal Research, Bryan Meisinger. “We’ll share great evidence, including audio of disembodied voices that we were able to record during our investigations. Also, we’ll share a couple of great pieces of video, including one unexplainable video from the basement of The Lodge!”
Locally, participating Village of Antioch businesses includes Ms. Peddler’s Boutique, The Lodge of Antioch, Rustic and Reclaimed Market, Vintage Mercantile, the Lakes Area Historical Society Schoolhouse Museum, and the Antioch Theater.
Ticket sales for the tour are limited. Tickets are $30 each and include a 10% discount on beverages at the Lodge of Antioch and The Rivalry Restaurant (wristband required). Tickets are available online, at: https://www.antioch.il.gov/event/2022ghosttour
Leading the ghost tours are Bryan Meisinger and his wife Kay, who have been investigators with U.S. Paranormal Research since 2014. The volunteer paranormal research group includes members that are local teachers, firefighters, and business owners. The Meisinger’s have been Antioch residents for 42 years and are both graduates of Antioch High School.
WHAT: Antioch Ghost Tour
WHEN: Friday, October 21, 2022
WHERE: Downtown Antioch, IL 60002
Contact: Jim Moran
Village of Antioch Communication Specialist