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In Memory of the Willowbrook Ballroom

By Micah Lee Mowbray The Willowbrook Ballroom burned down a year ago October 28, 2016. The special vibe of Haunted Archer Avenue will never be the same. I drove up to Chet’s Melody Lounge hoping to write a Bloody Mary infused reminiscence of what the Willowbrook meant to me. Chet’s is a throwback, early morning […]

The Fallen Chronicles: Episode 46

[Mysteriousheartland.com] The underbrush snapped and shuffled as Davin crawled up next to Aurelia. Dressed in camouflage pants and a black t-shirt, she was laying in the woods behind a partially decayed log two yards west of a horse trail that emptied into a street a stone-throw away. A small, burgundy-colored monument, inscribed with the name […]

Grimes Girls Murder Still Solvable after 59 years

On the evening of December 28, 1956, sisters Barbara (15) and Patricia “Petey” (13) Grimes left their home at 3634 S. Damen Avenue to see the Elvis Presley movie “Love Me Tender” at the Brighton Theater in Chicago. They never returned home. Their older sister Theresa and younger brother Joey walked to the bus stop […]

Virtual Tour of Archer Avenue: Resurrection Cemetery

Location: Resurrection Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleums is located at 7201 Archer Avenue in Justice, Illinois. Chet’s Melody Lounge is located at 7400 South Archer Road in Justice, Illinois. Willowbrook Ballroom & Banquets is located at 8900 Archer Avenue in Willow Springs, Illinois. [MysteriousHeartland.com] Resurrection Mary is undoubtedly Chicagoland’s most famous ghost. For over 70 years […]

Virtual Tour of Archer Avenue: Healing Waters Park

Location: Healing Waters Park is located at the corner of 85th Street and Willow Drive in Willow Springs, Illinois. [MysteriousHeartland.com] Across Archer Avenue on the other side of the Des Plaines River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, nestled in a subdivision at the corner of 85th and Willow Drive, lies Healing Waters Park. […]