You might not think it, but Wisconsin has its fair share of haunted locations. From a bar where Al Capone used to hide out to a luxury hotel where guests have reported some strange occurrences, there's something strange going on in Wisconsin. These locations are all open to the public, so if you're inclined to test your bravery, you can visit and have a meal or spend a night with the ghosts.
Once a former Al Capone hideout and brothel, Shaker's Cigar Bar in Milwaukee is famously haunted and several people—a mix of employees and patrons alike—have reported seeing a little girl in the women’s room and various ghosts in the basement, too.
This 1920s-era bar, located within a 150-year-old building, is proud of their haunted history and even invites people to book the room above the bar for an overnight stay, in a room reportedly haunted by a woman. If that's too scary, you can also sign up for a one hour tour of the building, on which you will learn about the buildings history and all the ghostly characters that lurk around. You can also learn more about the bar’s haunted history on the website and read employee confessionals about the paranormal sightings.
In 2005, former owner Carol Hirschi began reporting ghost sightings inside this Milwaukee mansion. Among the ghosts, she reported a 14-year-old sex worker, two sets of former owners, and members of the Brumder family. This Victorian bed and breakfast has six suites available, each decked out with historic furnishings, so you can spend a night in style and maybe experience something paranormal.
At the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, guests have reported strange sounds in the middle of the night. Sometimes it sounds like someone knocking on the door or pounding on the headboard. Guests have also observed lights and electronic devices flip on and off. All of these occurrences are commonly believed to be the work of ghosts.
If you want the best chances for witnessing the ghostly activities, you should book a room and stay overnight. However, if you don't have the time or budget, you can drop by for dinner or a drink and see if anything happens. If not, you can still enjoy the gorgeous Victorian decor, a large collection of Victorian art, and the experience of visiting a historic hotel dates back to 1893.
In Ashland, Wisconsin, staff at the Best Western The Hotel Chequamegon are convinced the place is haunted. Due to unexplained movement of furniture, creaking ceilings, and random breakage of glass bottles. When a local news crew decided to investigate with a ghost-hunting team, the team found strong evidence that the hotel is definitely haunted.
This 65-room hotel along the south shore of Lake Superior might not seem different than any other Best Western Hotel, but it is. In rooms 312 and 314 in particular, more paranormal incidents have occurred than in any other room and a man in a top hat is consistently seen strolling through the halls.