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Onward and Upward

Over the last few years I've run over 1000 ghost tours for Chicago Hauntings, helping to make them one of the top such tours in the country. When the busy season ended this year, I told them I'd like to renegotiate my pay (which is actually less than it was when I first started with them in 2005). They responded by letting me go.

So I'm not in the process of starting my own company, Mysterious Chicago Tours (which is the name of the tour company in my upcoming novel, so that's convenient). Ghost tours are still available, but I'll be focusing a lot more on cool history without the paranormal angles. Which is fine with me - even my ghost tours are 90% history, and try to discourage jumping to supernatural explanations when we can't explain something. I think that encouraging people to look for paranormal explanations for things that can be explained more logically is irresponsible and dangerous. I let myself believe in ghosts enough to have fun on ghost hunts, but now and then I get these long emails telling me that the pictures I've taken and recordings I've made are invisible entities who are going to be cursed until I show up with the right blend of herbs and spices. I want to respond with "Dude, you're an adult."  If I'm taking you to a place that's supposed to be haunted, I'll still tell you, but I'm more apt to focus on how the ghost stories grew and where they came from (which, hey, sometimes really is from first hand ghost sightings).

 I've done a couple of walking tours for which I partnered up with Atlas Obscura - a "grave robbing" tour in Lincoln Park that showed relics from when the park was a cemetery, told stories about grave robbing that took place there, and taught some tricks of the trade, then a "Dark Side of Little Italy" tour that told of mobsters, misers, public hangings, devil babies, and arson queens along one stretch of Taylor Street. Both sold well.

So I'm off to a good start, and so far all/most of the drama is happening in the background.  We'll be announcing a couple more tours and a couple of really cool events soon, and regular walking tours in the spring.

In the meantime, you can get on the Mysterious Chicago mailing list and follow us on our social media feeds:

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Nov. 11th, 2015 06:25 pm (UTC)
Sympathies on losing your gig, but I'm glad to hear you're going to find ways to keep sharing what you know, and maybe make a buck or two besides. Good luck!

Edited at 2015-11-11 06:27 pm (UTC)