Chicago Illinois haunted Houses have grown over the years to feature some really amazing haunted houses some of which have been featured on Travel Channel. Last year we visited Chicago, Illinois and the haunted houses in Chicago, Illinois where some of the scariest, and more unique we've seen and now Chicago Illinois Haunted Houses are some of the best in America now featuring more than 10 professional haunted attractions. On Hauntworld.com you will find every type of haunted houses in Illinois from a haunted hayride, haunted house, Halloween Attractions, ghost tours, to paranormal ghost hunting.
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Chicago is one of the most haunted cities in America with a history that dates back decades. Chicago Illinois is home to some the scariest haunted houses, and Haunted Attractions including major amusement parks like Six Flags which produce large Halloween events and Screamparks.
Chicago was also home to some of the most notorious gangsters who murdered hundreds of people including Al Capone leaving behind ghosts and legends throughout the greater Chicago area. Some of the best haunted house sites for ghost hunting are S M C Cartage Company where on Valentines Day Al Capone sent his men and with machine guns lined up and mowed down a rival. The factory was torn down but if you visit the area you can still hear the men scream.
Mount Carmel has one of the scariest graveyards where you can hear a boy and the mother looking for him. Another famous graveyard is Bachelors Grove Cemetery where people claim to have seen flooting red lights and people have taken pictures of real ghosts. Another haunted cemetery is Archer Woods where the gates are always open where you may find the ghost of the sobbing woman.
The Biograph Theater claims the ghost of John Dillinger is seen running in the alley where was shot and killed. Graceland Cemetery is the oldest in Chicago and boasts many famous graves and ghosts. Jane Addams Hull House is now a museum where its calimed to have monks and ghosts roaming the halls due to the 'Devil Baby' which once lived there.
To find the best haunted houses in and around Chicago, Illinois area use the directory at http://www.hauntworld.com/illinois_haunted_houses
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Chicago, Illinois - 13th Floor Haunted House
By Hauntworld Magazine
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Illinois Haunted Houses are some of the scariest and best in America! Hauntworld.com rates and review the best and Scariest haunted houses, haunted attractions, and Halloween events in America! 13th Floor is located in Chicago, Illinois and has one of the scariest haunted houses in America! Prepare to scream! This Halloween you can't miss the scariest and best haunted attraction in the entire state of Illinois, 13th Floor. Their attraction features some of the scariest actors, crazies scenes, and amazing set design. FINALLY CHICAGO you have a first class super scary, very realistic, over the top, monster infested, haunted house to call your own!
In 2014, many haunted houses will be opening in the Windy City but one stands out as Chicago’s finest. Among a myriad of attractions ranging from small productions to corn mazes to celebrity endorsed installations, 13th Floor Chicago is a leader among all.
Chicago has a rich history of haunted houses and over the past 20 years, some have been major attractions, others have been smaller productions and few have continued to press on through the years. 2014 marks a new chapter for Chicagoland haunted houses and fans. This year, the landscape of haunted houses in Chicago will transform as new organizations and alternative concepts enter the marketplace. The most notable is Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group’s flagship attraction, 13th Floor Haunted House Chicago.
Hauntworld Magazine encourages you to visit each and every haunted house in your city. If you can’t go to all of them, go to as many as you can because each haunted house provides a different experience and has something new to offer. If you’re in Chicago this haunt season and you are looking to get a great scare, Hauntworld Magazine recommends the 13th Floor. In a city that raises the bar for entertainment, 13th Floor fits perfectly as it sets a new benchmark for haunted houses in the Chicago area. Hauntworld Magazine doesn't take its recommendations lightly and in a city like Chicago, with many haunted house options, it’s often difficult to decide. Here are 3 reasons why you should check out the World Famous 13th Floor Haunted House Chicago:
1. Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group
3 Reasons Why 13th Floor Chicago Will Be Chicagoland’s Best Haunted House
Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, is the nation's (and potentially the world's) largest haunted house production, management and promotion company. Already producing six of America’s top haunted houses each year, 13th Floor Chicago will be the seventh major attraction for the growing industry heavyweight. Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group manages this accomplishment by employing 20 of the industry’s top professionals year round and 1,000 people seasonally to execute its singular core mission: produce incredible haunted houses and guest experiences. Their fulltime team of 20 includes: Artists, Craftsmen, Designers, Marketers and Managers with backgrounds ranging from film and television production to commercial construction and banking. When this talented group of minds focus their efforts on a single purpose, they create big budget haunted houses that rival theme parks and movies in production value and scale. While the Windy City is home to a handful of large haunted houses, no other haunted house producer comes within arm's reach of Thirteenth Floor and the scale of its production capabilities. Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group has brought it’s “A” game with this new permanent installation and the producers have called this haunted house, “Our most ambitious and incredible project to date,”
which says a lot considering Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group also produces:
• House of Torment in Austin, TX
• 13th Floor Haunted House in Denver, CO
• 13th Floor Haunted House in Phoenix, AZ
• 13th Floor Haunted House in San Antonio, TX
• Asylum Haunted House in Denver, CO
• Fear Farm in Phoenix, AZ
2. A Product Centric Approach
Haunted houses pride themselves on different things and sometimes seem to get caught up in gimmicks. Some focus on having multiple attractions, "10 at one location for one low price."
Some focus on offensive content and the extreme, "Only come if you’re over 18 and be prepared to have your night ruined."
Some hope their endorsements are enough to carry them through and some simply focus on one unique element, "Corn is scary and there are acres of corn."
Some of these gimmicks may work, others may not, but 13th Floor Chicago’s approach departs from all of the noise. Instead, 13th Floor’s energy and effort is put into being the best at one thing, the product.
The “product” to the 13th Floor is the guest experience and its relationship to its attractions and monsters. It’s the social exercise of getting your friends together, getting your tickets and spending your night visiting an incredible haunted house. You and your friends even have multiple ticket options to choose from including: waiting, you don’t mind waiting for a little while and you hate waiting and want to go in immediately. 13th Floor’s entire guest experience is built around thrilling entertainment and it’s all by design.
At 13th Floor Chicago you are entertained and scared from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. Monsters and creatures from outofthisworld interact with you while you wait in line. The haunted attractions you experience at 13th Floor Chicago are built on a scale like no other and from a designer’s perspective are, “drop dead gorgeous and awe inspiring.”
From the architectural detail on the massive facades to the thoughtful set pieces in every room, it’s easy to tell that the scenic work was executed by veteran set dressers and designers from Hollywood to New York sound stages. Customer’s can see the depth of engineering and design that went into the construction of the massive environments the lighting and sound design is spot on creating a space where the detail of the setting can be appreciated, where the mood is properly set. However, the stars of the show are the performers that interact with and scare you. They reach, grab, slide, vault and drop in with impressive performance sequences and stunts. The scares are innovative, creative, unexpected and the performance style jumps between offthecharts intensity to bits of wellplaced theatrical dialogue that unravel a story throughout your journey. When you are done, you're out of breath, excited, thrilled and terrified. You've had a great time with your friends and you feel like you just experienced not only a good haunted house but a memorable experience.
3. Production Value
13th Floor Chicago features 2 attractions that span 30,000 square feet: The Rising and The Dead End District. Each carries a different theme and is anchored by an original Icon Character and large cast of monsters and creatures. Though thematically different, each of the two attractions has one major thing in common: production value, production value and more production value. It’s as if the producers of 13th Floor watched the film Super 8 and took all of the dialogue about production value as scripture. Hauntworld Magazine was able to sit down with Daniel McCullough, one of the partners and producers of 13th Floor Chicago, and talk about production value and how they pulled it off.
HW: This place is pretty incredible. Some of these sets are the largest I’ve seen in a haunted house. Tell me about how you approached this design.
DM: I knew that coming into Chicago we’d need to do something over the top. Back in Texas, where I’m from, the saying around the shop is, “Go big or go home.” In Chicago, I think we took that to the extreme in our design and in our execution. I love building massive sets with incredible scenic work. I think at this point in my career, it’s expected of me.
HW: How were you able to acquire such a variety of set pieces and in such large quantity?
DM: There were three major contributing factors. First, doing a series of top notch medical scenes was high on my priority list. My Senior Project Manager found a guy selling an old decrepit hospital. We made a deal and for about a week after that, our team went on a horror version of American Pickers on steroids. We filled up several box trucks with lots of amazing pieces. Second, a similar situation occurred in Las Vegas with Eli Roth’s Goretorium. It was rumored to be a $10 million dollar build out, but who really knows. The year round concept didn’t work for them and when they closed down they reached out to us. We made a deal and the following week we filled up seven tractor trailers with more amazing pieces. Third, our Managing Partner also brought some really great stuff to the table including multiple facades and set pieces that had recently been used on Broadway in some big productions. All of these acquisitions really enabled us to create our best haunted houses ever.
HW: An abandoned hospital, a multimillion dollar production in Las Vegas, Broadway…that’s impressive. How hard was it to incorporate those elements into your design?
DM: It really wasn’t hard and the design evolved along the way to incorporate them. In fact, it really just enabled my production team to focus more time on doing their best scenic work to date instead of spending countless hours searching items like these out. I think because we were able to make these incredible acquisitions, we were given the opportunity to do all of the over the top set construction you see around us.
HW: What advice would you give other haunted house owners on creating production value like this in their attractions?
You need two things: people and money. The people that work for me are the most important asset in our company. If you want your haunted house to look like this, go find some people to work with that used to work in Hollywood or New York on major motion pictures. If you want to execute a project like this, go find some of the top folks in the industry and partner with them or work with them. Then be prepared to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and then some more after that.
HW: Anything else you’d like to add about the show?
I’ve been doing this for 12 years and have built some of the top haunted houses in the country. This is the most impressive haunted house my team and I have ever built and I can’t wait for the people of Chicago to experience it this fall.
HW: What's in store for the future?
In regards to our future, my business partners and I share a common vision. To quote Walt Disney, “Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Aurora Illinois' - Basement of the Dead Featuring Shattered 3D
By Hauntworld Magazine
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Chicago Illinois Haunted Houses are some of the scariest and best in America! Hauntworld.com rates and review the best and Scariest haunted houses, haunted attractions, and Halloween events in America! Basement of the Dead is located in Aurora, Illinois and has one of the scariest haunted houses in America! Prepare to scream! Sit back and prepare to scream through our review of Basement of the Dead. This Halloween you can't miss the scariest and best haunted attraction in the entire state of Illinois, Basement of the Dead. Basement of the Dead in Aurora Illinois which is just outside of Chicago Illinois is simply put one of the best haunted houses in the country. Their attraction features some of the scariest actors, crazies scenes, and amazing set design, plus one of the industries best 3D haunted houses.Now sit back and read all about the best haunted house in the Chicago Illinois area The Basement of the Dead.
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Basement of the Dead Haunted Attraction in Aurora Illinois is not the biggest attraction in Illinois, but many consider it to be the best and even scariest. Like most top haunts, the Basement of the Dead is run by a talented and passionate group of people who love the haunted house industry, and this group is actually family… a family who through hard work and faith in themselves turned their dream (or nightmare) into a reality.
Jason, David, Sara, Craig, and mother Patrice Seneker along with their aunt and uncle, Tressa and Todd Baraniak, began their haunting life at a home in Joliet Illinois. Every year, the whole family would start working in early August to transform Patrice’s home into a terrifying house of horrors. In October, thousands of people braved their way through the yard and home. After four years of creating nightmares in a home haunt, they wanted more. David remembers, “That’s when I knew we could be very successful at running a commercial haunted house. We were doing all that work for just the joy of scaring people. I knew if we could get the funds and find a place, it could work.” But before the family became professional haunters a different business opportunity presented itself. The Seneker family learned that the mask division of Scarecrow (a company known for their realistic vampire fangs) was for sale. The family obtained the mask molds and began creating foam latex mask out of the basement of their home. The business, Arrival Mask Company, was successful, but the idea of running a professional haunt never left.
Todd never did stop looking for a good location to create a professional haunt. “There are many great haunts in the Chicagoland area and we didn’t want to open a new haunt in some other haunt’s backyard. It’s not easy to find a good location, and then when you find one, the building owner does not want to give you a lease for just a few months to set up and run a seasonal haunted house.” That’s when Todd learned of an established haunt that was for sale in the area.
George Carpenter founded Basement of the Dead haunted house in 2000. Right away, Basement of the Dead won best new attraction of the year from a local Chicago haunted house review group. From there, George and his family successfully ran the Basement of the Dead for several years, but due to an illness, George put the Basement up for sale.
Todd said, “George was happy with the number of people he was putting through, and because of the illness there was not much change to the Basement in the last few years he owned it. It was a very strong foundation, and we felt with the right marketing strategies, renovation of the existing space, plus expansion into unused parts of the building that Basement of the Dead Haunted Attraction could become one of the top haunts in Illinois and in the Nation.”
The haunt is located in the basement of a 100 year old building in downtown Aurora Illinois just 30 short miles outside Chicago. Immediately upon walking inside the building, it’s clear this place would be frightening even if there was not a haunted attraction inside. The decrepit brick walls, old pipes and eerie creeks make for a perfect haunted setting…a very strong foundation indeed. So the family bought the business in 2010. Todd fondly recollects, “When we bought the haunt from George, he and his family helped make our transition into the haunt world seamless.”
In 2013, the family’s hopes were becoming reality. Attendance greatly increased, the haunt was named #1 Haunted Attraction in Illinois by the Chicago Tribune Newspaper, and it was also listed in the Top 30 Haunted Attractions in all of America by Hauntworld Magazine. The Basement of the Dead turned to Facebook and other social media to get the word out about their haunt. Todd explains, “We are very active on these sites. We post pictures and videos not just in October, but all year around. We feel it is good to keep the Basement of the Dead fresh in everyone’s mind and to show them the work we are put in to make us #1 and keep us there. We also run contests on these sites and give prizes away to our fans”.
The Basement also keeps their website www.4fear.com updated with new information throughout the year. By this Halloween season, the haunt will be 100% remolded from when it was purchased. The new rooms going into the Basement of the Dead are highly detailed, but not overly lit, providing that perfectly creepy atmosphere needed to achieve the utmost in scares. You can see where the Basement gets its soul. Silent Hill, The Hills Have Eyes, Saw, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Insidious are definitely the horror movie inspirations, but not a carbon copy. David tells, “We believe that if you want to really scare someone, you need to help them forget that they are safe and that these are just a bunch of actors in masks and make-up. We do this by creating rooms that are so believable our customers get engrossed in the atmosphere. Then, the customers can’t help but believe they are in real danger. For example, we want them to think they really could be locked in our broken down walk-in freezer with a humanoid pig freak.”
They also spend much of their time training actors providing them with a good acting base. From there, the actors are creatively allowed to develop their individual characters. “We give them an idea and let the actor build their own character. We help them do this by putting a lot of thought into the costumes and masks & make-up FX. I am usually very surprised by the depth our actors take their character. This makes them much more believable and terrifying when a customer first encounters them. We are blessed with a very talented group of actors,” says David.
Subtlety in lighting is truly an expertise found inside this haunted house. Lighting is perfect; it’s delicately placed in some parts and purposely absent in others. We asked David to expound on their intent. “Just because you spent a lot of time and money on a room, does not mean you need a ton of light. We believe there is nothing scarier than the dark. All demons, monsters, and boogie men are born from the dark. We purposely harness that primal fear from the second you take foot down into the Basement.”
In 2012, Shattered 3D was created. Shattered 3D is a black lit 3D clown themed haunted attraction. The art inside Shattered 3D Haunted House is beautiful and grotesquely sinister at the same time. From floor to ceiling you are engulfed with artwork that is eye popping. David reveals, “We had the space, and we wanted to do a new haunt. Specifically, we wanted to explore a different way to scare people. The Basement is dark and while we love the dark, we thought the logical thing to do was make a contrasting haunted house. We wanted the most eye-popping blacklight haunted house with the most creative artwork, but we also wanted every actor in Shattered 3D to wear a completely 3D costume and every prop fully painted in 3D. We made sure to build solid scares in every room so our actors could use the 3D to their advantage by blending in with the art.”
They certainly accomplished just that, because last year not only was Basement recognized, but Shattered was too. One haunt reviewer reported, ‘Shattered 3D is a great haunt on its own, the 3D makes it an incredible haunt.’
The Basement also did a revamp of the line entertainment. By adding two talented stilt walkers, two Stalkaround costumes, a chainsaw, a boom-stick, and a live DJ every night on stage that moves from inside the building out into the crowd. The DJ wears an unbuckled straight jacket along with a zippered, canvas mask while mixing classic rock and heavy metal along with modern beats. Jason told us a story about how his signature move (binding the hands and mouth of customers with Duct Tape) was born. “On my first night as DJ, I was so worried about not messing up the music that I forgot my main job is to scare. I heard one customer say to her friend ‘he’s not scary.’ I knew I had to change her mind, so I looked around my stage for something I could use as a prop weapon to go and terrorize this girl. The only thing I could find was a roll of Duct Tape I used to anchor down some loose cables. The sound the tape makes when forcefully peeled off the roll can be terrifying in the right situation, because it can bring a connotation of being bound and abducted. I leaped down from the stage and ripped the tape out extremely close to the girl’s ear. Once she got off the ground from collapsing in fear (and her friend stopped laughing at her), she came up to me and asked for a picture together. I brought her up on stage and put the tape over her mouth and wrist. The crowd went crazy and from there everyone wanted to be abducted by the DJ.”
Hard workers all around, this family does not rest. They plot, plan and work for the opening of their haunt year round and this year is no different as they plan to allow customers to live out their zombie apocalypse fantasy. Full costumed zombie actors will roam the grounds while customers blast their way (with I-Combat laser tag guns) through the Basement of the Dead and Shattered 3D for the right to live another day. Todd states. “We always want to be pushing the envelope, to give another way for people to face their fears. That’s why we started, we wanted to scare people, and what can be more frightening than having to fight flesh hungry zombies while trying to find a way out of a dark basement?”
In a world crazed for the preparation of a zombie apocalypse, I couldn’t agree more, but whether zombies or mutants or clowns are your affliction, one thing is certain…When you come to the Basement of the Dead and Shattered 3D, you will get scared inside, outside, in the dark and in the light!