When Adam Selzer started running ghost tours in 2005, he told the stories the way all of the Chicago ghost tour guides did. But when he started to fact-check, he realized they were a mess! So he dug into research, rebuilding his stories from the ground up. Often, the real back story behind a haunted location was even better than the fake one!
Ghost fans deserve better than what they’re getting. TV, books, and tours often rely too heavily on “never let facts get in the way of a good story” approaches, sloppy research, and a general refusal to be rational about anything. Adam’s ghost tours examine “what do we know and how do we know it,” digging into the backstory and discussing how the ghost stories grew and spread over time (rather than tricking you into thinking that your camera flash bouncing off a window is a ghost).
But, then again, ghost sightings on Adam’s tours are not unheard of!
The October walking tours meet at LaSalle and Wacker, at the Eastland Memorial plaque.
Adam appears regularly on TV and the radio talking about ghostlore, and is the author of such books as GHOSTS OF CHICAGO (Llewelyn 2013), GHOSTS OF LINCOLN (Llewelyn 2015), and the new novel JUST KILL ME (Simon and Schuster 2016), which is about a ghost tour company who makes places more haunted by killing people at them. It's only partly autobiographical.