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Ursula Bielski

Ursula Bielski[1] is a recognized authority on the Chicago, Illinois region's ghostlore, historian, author, and parapsychology enthusiast Ursula Bielski has been writing and speaking about Chicago's supernatural history, folklore, and the paranormal for more than 16 years. Her interests in ghosthunting and local legends began at a young age. She grew up in a haunted house on Chicago's North Side and received an early education in Chicago history from her father, a Chicago police officer. Since that time she has been involved in various investigations of haunted sites in and around Chicago, including such notorious locales as the Country House Restaurant in Clarendon Hills; Chicago's Red Lion Pub; southwest-suburban Bachelor's Grove Cemetery; and the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Opera House.

Bielski and her books have been featured in several television documentaries, including productions by the A&E Network, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, The Travel Channel, and PBS. She appears regularly on Chicago television and radio, and lectures throughout the year at various libraries and to historical and professional societies. She has also authored numerous scholarly articles exploring the links between history and the paranormal, including pieces for the International Journal of Parapsychology. Bielski is a past editor of PA News, the quarterly newsletter of the Parapsychological Association; a past president and board member of the Pi Gamma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society; and a member of the Society of Midland Authors.

Bielski graduated from St. Benedict High School in Chicago; Benedictine University in Lisle, where she received a B.A. in history; and from Northeastern Illinois University, where she earned an M.A. in American cultural and intellectual history. At Benedictine University (footnote - during Ms. Bielski's tenure, the school was known as Illinois Benedictine College) her academic explorations include the spiritualist movement of the nineteenth century and its transformation into psychical research and parapsychology; and the relationship among belief, experience, science, and religion.

In 2004, she founded Chicago Hauntings, a company that gives bus tours and holds special events devoted to exploring Chicago's haunted history. October 2011 saw Ms. Bielski's Third Ghost Conference, an event that occurs every two years in Chicago. Each conference features vendors of paranormal books and equipment, ghost hunting groups and investigators, individuals who have had paranormal experiences, psychics, and mediums. Speakers are also a big draw and some past guests have included: Lorraine Warren, Christopher Fleming, Jeff Belanger, Jeff Mudgett, and Joshua P. Warren.

Bielski lives in Chicago with her two daughters.

Bibliography Edit

  • Chicago Haunts: Ghostlore of the Windy City
  • More Chicago Haunts: Scenes from Myth and Memory
  • Graveyards of Chicago: The People, History, Art, and Lore of Cook County Cemeteries
  • Creepy Chicago: A Ghosthunter's Tales of the City's Scariest Sites
  • Chicago Haunts 3: Locked up Stories from an October City
  • There's Something Under the Bed: Children's Experiences with the Paranormal


  1. Lake Claremont Press

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