Chicago is known for their famous Chicago-style hot dogs, pizza, jazz music, and the 1920s gangsters like Al Capone. It is also known as the Windy City because all the four seasons is evidently felt there.
A photo showing Chicago’s skyline. (Link: https://www.trover.com/d/1DDja-chicago-illinois)
Chicago is also famous for the Lincoln Park Zoo. We’re sure you have heard about ghosts or seen one yourselves at haunted houses, cemeteries, or even in your own home. However, did you ever guess that ghosts are present at the Lincoln Park Zoo? Well, they are and you should know more about them so read on!
Lincoln Park Zoo’s entrance. (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Park_Zoo)
History Of Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo is a 14-hectar zoo in Chicago, Illinois. The zoo was built in 1868 and it is known one of the oldest zoos in the whole of North America. The first animals in the zoo were two pairs of swans gifted to the Lincoln Park Commissioners from Central Park’s Board of Commissioners in New York City. Soon, more animals were donated such as elk, eagles, puma, wolves, and peacock. The first animal purchased for the zoo was a bear cub from the Philadelphia Zoo in 1874. By 1884, the first American bison born in captivity was born at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
A photo showing some of the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo. (Link: https://www.martplaza.com/things-to-do/lincoln-park-zoo)
The Lincoln Park Zoo was renovated and was reopened to the public in 1990. More and more renovations were made the following years. In 2003, the African Journey was installed at the zoo and it showcased lots of large mammals like elephants, giraffes, and African wild dog. The most recent renovation was in 2016 for the new lion house.
A photo of a major renovation at the Lincoln Park Zoo. (Link: https://abc7chicago.com/news/major-renovations-planned-at-lincoln-park-zoo-/1389192/)
Now, for the mysterious history of Lincoln Park Zoo, before it became the famous zoo that it is now, the site was actually a city cemetery for almost three decades. Accordingly, in 1837, the state of Illinois gave the piece of land to Chicago for it to become a burial ground. Per different sources, thousands of people were buried there mainly because of the cholera outbreaks that plagued many places in the world in the past.
A mausoleum at the Lincoln Park which serves as proof that it was once a public cemetery. (Link: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/remnants-great-chicago-fire-180967918/)
In 1869, the city officials passed the control of the cemetery to Lincoln Park Commissioners. Supposedly, the bodies from the city cemetery were transferred sometime between 1868 to the 1880s. Only 10 men were said to be working in the transfer so they could not transfer the bodies fast enough. A fire later destroyed many of the markers at the cemetery so the transfer of the bodies were never completed. Many constructions were then built over the corpses such as the Lincoln Park Zoo.
The Ghosts Of Lincoln Park Zoo
Ghost at the Lincoln Park Zoo are frequently seen by the Lincoln Park Zoo staff. They have reportedly seen people wearing Victorian clothes and they seem like they are just doing their business as usual and are not aware that they are already dead.
Another frequent ghost seen at the Lincoln Park Zoo belongs to a woman in a white dress. The woman in a white dress has been seen many time at the Lion House but she quickly disappears when spotted by onlookers. The same woman is seen in a Ladies Room near the Lion House exhibit. Some women get shocked and surprised because they see her reflection in the mirror but when they turn around, no one is behind them.
A lion at the Lion House of Lincoln Park Zoo. (Link: https://blockclubchicago.org/2019/05/09/lincoln-park-zoo-is-getting-a-35-million-lion-house-overhaul-but-it-means-the-lions-will-be-gone-for-several-years/)
Sometime in 1962, a barn was built for farm animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo. During the construction, the builders found a body but they did not want to disturb it so they just built over the grave. Accordingly, paranormal activities are frequently felt in this area because some doors slam on their own and people hear phantom footsteps.
A photo of the barn at the Lincoln Park Zoo. (Link: https://www.etsy.com/ie/listing/523345242/red-barn-and-snow-cover-in-the-winter-at)
One parapsychologist, Ursula Bielski, shared of her experience at the Lincoln Park Zoo, “Without a doubt the most active site I’ve investigated.” Bielski did not elaborate on the ghosts she might have seen or the paranormal activities she felt or heard.
Some groups have joined tours at the Lincoln Park Zoo and they were geared with EVPs. In their recordings, they can clearly hear responses from men and women when they ask questions. It is unclear what the questions are but the ghosts answer in one-word responses.
Some also have their cameras with them and they usually capture orbs, lights, strange fogs, faces without bodies, and others.
The Suicide Bridge At Lincoln Park Zoo
In 1894 to 1919, there was once a bridge in the Lincoln Park Zoo area. The bridge was built in order to give visitors the chance to have a better view of the surroundings.
A portrait of the suicide bridge at Lincoln Park. (Link: https://news.wttw.com/2013/01/21/ask-geoffrey-sad-story-lincoln-parks-suicide-bridge)
However, the bridge had to be taken down because a lot of people reportedly committed suicide there. Some hung themselves while others jumped to their deaths. The bridge was then given the nicknamed “Suicide Bridge” so it had to be taken down.
Halloween At Lincoln Park Zoo
On October 24 this year, the annual Halloween event will be taking place once again at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The event is called Adults Night Out 2019. Aside from the October event, there will be another one this December 5th.
It is an adults-only event because it will be at night. There will be educational entertainment, cash bars, beer, wine, and basically a night of fun and spookiness.