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Chicago's Street Guide to the Supernatural: A Guide to Haunted and Legendary Places In and Near the Windy City Paperback – October, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Carolando Press (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940542064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940542068
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,197,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Finally, Richard T. Crowe's much asked for book is here.

About the Author

Richard T. Crowe is a product of the south side of Chicago. Crowe attended De Paul University where he earned his B.A. and M.A. in English Literature. Geography was his minor.He was a journalism teacher and a city planner at City Hall before establishing his full time Chicago Supernatural Tours. However, Richard Crowe's tours are not just limited to Chicago. He conducts tours in Salem, Massachusetts, and New Orleans, and Gettysburg.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Niksic VINE VOICE on April 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
The person who buys this book should be someone who has been on one of Richard Crowe's ghost tours and is purchasing the book as a kind of souvenir. Crowe isn't much of a writer: the text of "Chicago Street Guide to the Supernatural" is mostly a word-by-word duplication of the speeches he gives on his tours. That being said, Crowe really knows his stuff. He's been giving ghost tours in Chicago for years and could talk to you for hours about any of the haunted locations mentioned in his book. He's not a scientist and not exactly a historian, but Crowe specializes in legends, and that's what ghost stories are made of. This book contains summaries of Chicago's most famous ghost stories, including Resurrection Mary and John Dillinger. Crowe includes information that he obtained from interviews as well as many interesting photographs. It's an interesting and entertaining read, and anyone interested in learning more about Supernatural Chicago will enjoy it immensely.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is written in a concise and easy to read format. As a chicago suburb native, I enjoyed reading tales about places and areas that I am familiar with and have been to. AS FOR THE TOUR, I was completely disappointed. Imagine sitting on a bus for four hours listening to the "micro-machine guy" rattle through places where people have seen ghosts. Very little story telling actually took place on the tour. Basically, we'd drive past a store stuck between a subway and dunkin donuts and he'd say, "so and so died here...now it's haunted," and that would be it. He even had to nerve to tell us that his last bus driver quit because he saw a ghost, and that was the end of that story. Instead of hearing stories about China Town we stopped at a chinese grocery store and he tried to get us to buy knock-off Guchi bags. Anyways, get the book if you are local to Chicago, forget the tour.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "abones80" on March 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book presents an uninspired retread of the same stories you can get from any book on Chicago ghosts. There is really nothing new here; I would like to have seen a little more depth and research and not so much of the same tired tales I have heard since I was 8. As for the tour, my friend (almost former friend after this debacle) signed a bunch of us up. It was unequivocally the most boring, overpriced piece of tourist claptrap I have ever come across. It started out promising enough with a visit to the Biograph Theater and the death site of John Dillinger. I should have quit while I was ahead. The tour then spiraled downhill from there, eventually becoming almost comically bad (I say almost because of its ridiculously steep price). It was all over for me when we stopped at a Chinese grocery store where our "guide" obviously got some sort of kickback for parading a bunch of clueless tourists through the place. His monologue on Chinatown, which we were in for 45 minutes, was "Chinatown has a lot of ghost stories. Here is our next stop where you can buy candy and handbags." The tour was 4+ hours and, I kid you not, we heard at most 20 minutes of stories. That man should be ashamed of himself, I wish I had been mugged on the way there....I still would have lost my
money but at least I would have saved a few hours of time. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mopargbody on September 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
Great book, and the tour was even better. Thank you for many years of ghost hunting fun. Now that you're resting in Resurrection Cemetery yourself, I hope you've been able to solve the mystery of Resurrection Mary and have helped her find peace too.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bob Jensen on February 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have been on numerous tours with Richard and have always tried to remember everything that he covers within the 5 hours. And now with the book it greatly helps out with the smaller details muched overlooked by some. Keep up the good work.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Dave on September 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
In his book, Richard Crowe attempts to provide the reader with a compilation of "ghost stories," associated with the greater Chicagoland area. What he accomplishes, however, is a fantastic guide to many supernatural sites (not limited to hauntings, but also to curses, hexes, and other superstitions and otherworldly phenomena). He is a superb story teller, and many of the passages in the book will give you "the willies." One reviewer commented that much of the book is "folklore" and this is true. However, I have not seen too many tales of hauntings published in scientific journals. Our source, as a society, of supernatural stories is folklore and people like Richard Crowe, who keep these stories alive. I recently was a guest on one of his tours, and it is far from a "party bus." It is a great, fun time, but it is a tour, not a ghost hunt or research expedition. I never knew so many places that people walk through (such as the alley near the biograph theatre where Dillinger died) are haunted places. I would recommend this book and his tour to anyone with even a passing interest in the supernatural history of Chicago. The book also features great pictures of almost every site, and is very well written. It is one of my favorite ghost books.
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