Archer Avenue

Download this issue!Archer Avenue – Willow Springs, IL
By Michael Kleen

Read about this location and more in Legends and Lore of Illinois: The Definitive Collection

Read about this location and more in Legends and Lore of Illinois: The Definitive Collection

Archer Avenue begins at S. State Street in Chicago and travels steadily west until merging with Rout 171 in suburban Summit. There the road turns sharply southwest and passes through Justice and Willow Springs before ultimately entering scenic Lemont. Starting with Resurrection Cemetery and ending at St. James-Sag Church, this section of Archer Avenue forms the northern border of a triangle of forest preserves, lakes, trails, and burial grounds that could easily be described as the most haunted place in Chicago.

Encompassing most of the Cook County Forest Preserve District’s Palos Division, this triangle is defined by the Calumet Sag Channel to the south, Archer Avenue and the Des Plaines River to the north, and S. Kean Avenue to the west. It is a hilly, wooded area filled with over a dozen small lakes and sloughs. This area has a well deserved reputation built upon generations of strange encounters, which make it a favorite for ghost tours, paranormal researchers, and curiosity seekers alike…

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  1. I lived on Archer Avenue in Willow Springs when I was a kid. Resurrection Cemetery and Mary were all I heard about but apparently that is only the tip of the iceberg.



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