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Biograph Theater

Want to Hear more Stories about what lurks Behind the Curtain at The Biograph Theater? Check out US Ghost Adventures Haunted Tour of Chicago.

Biograph Theater

Even if you’ve never been to Chicago before, you’ve probably heard lots of tales about its vibrant culture and fascinating history. Between its exquisite architecture, world-famous restaurants, and luxury shopping on every street, it’s no mystery why so many people flock to this midwestern cultural hub every year. 

But beneath Chicago’s glitzy veneer is the haunted underbelly. 

Arguably no place best represents Chicago’s storied past better than the Biograph Theater. Discover what happens after the curtains fall on a ghost tour of Chicago with US Ghost Adventures. We pull back the curtain on the Windy City’s dark and storied past while exploring its rich history.

Ill-Famed Fortunes

Built in 1914 in the historic Lincoln Park neighborhood, this cinema has attracted dark events since day one. 

Most infamously, the notorious bank robber John Dillinger met an untimely end in the alley behind the theater in July of 1934. 

Dillinger had gone to the theater with a couple of friends to see the film, Manhattan Melodrama. He got his fair share of melodrama that night, but it wasn’t on the silver screen.

Instead of a show, he found himself swarmed by the FBI before the curtains went up. The attack caused him to flee into the alley, where he was swiftly shot (although there are several equally intriguing conspiracy theories disputing this ending). 

Now, Dillinger haunts the aisles of The Biograph Theater, often giving movie-goers a show they did not necessarily buy a ticket to see. Many theatergoers have claimed to have encountered Dillinger’s ghost in the building while renovating the building’s historic interior.



An Ornate Facade

The facade of The Biograph Theater is well-known to be just as attractive as any of the film stars whose faces grace the screens inside.  

After falling into some disrepair over the years, a non-profit theater company in the area funded a multi-million dollar renovation of the building in 2009, including its brick exterior, grand staircase, and ornate proscenium. 

Today, the theater hosts a full schedule of historic films and other entertainment, making it an integral fixture of Chicago’s cultural scene. It’s hard to say what’s the main attraction here — the performers or the ghosts. 

Haunted Chicago, IL 

The Biograph Theater isn’t just any old cinema—it’s also an entrance to some of the most chilling stories in Chicago’s haunted past. 

If you’d like to experience more of this ghost lore good enough for the silver screen, join US Ghost Adventures on a haunted tour of Chicago. The Biograph Theater is just one in a selection of haunted spots in this historic city. 

About US Ghost Adventures

Since 2013, US Ghost Adventures has offered entertaining, historic, and authentic ghost tours of America’s most haunted cities. We deliver fun yet honest accounts of hauntings across the nation for curious people of all ages. Our ghost stories are based on historical research, but that doesn’t mean they won’t send a chill down your spine.

This video gives you a small taste of what you might experience on your ghost tour — subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more.

US Ghost Adventures also offers virtual tours, a self-guided mobile app, and an Alexa voice app.