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Is Hull House Haunted?

Is Hull House haunted? In Ghostly’s thirty-second episode, Pat and Rebecca and special guest Mondo explore Jane Addam’s Hull House and the Devil Baby in Chicago. Visitors often call Hull House one of the most haunted locations in the city. In its heyday as a settlement house, legends told of a devil baby born and kept at the mansion. Stories of a woman in white and other spirits draw visitors from all over the world. But is it haunted?

‘Devil Child’ Still Sought By Thousands Newspaper Headline

Questions Explored in this Episodes
What was Hull House? What is it today? Who was Jane Addams and what did she accomplish at Hull House and in her life? Who was Charles Hull, the house’s namesake? What were the stories about the Devil Baby, and were those stories real? Who haunts the second floor? Why did those who lived there keep a pitcher of water by the door to the attic? What man or men haunt the staircase and make the chandelier move? Can you hear little girls playing around the fountain? Is Hull House haunted?

 Famous image taken by Dale Kaczmarek in 1980 that shows monk-like ghosts floating down the Hull House staircase.

Listener Mail and Questions!
Listener mail about The Clown Motel from someone who works in Tonopah, NV, and this reader has some great insight into the story behind it. Have a story or question of your own (or someone you know)? Send your story or question to and we might read it on the podcast. You can also email us individually at or You could be on a future episode of Ghostly!

Hull House Fountain photo by Rebecca Rivers

Ghost Story
Listen to Rebecca tell a ghost story inspired by the paranormal sightings at Hull House and learn some history as well.
History of Hull House, Charles Hull, and Jane Addams
Listen to Pat and Rebecca give the history in this extra long episode. Pat explores the amazing philanthropic background of Charles Hull and his heir, Helen Culver before discussing Hull House itself and the legend of the Devil Baby. Rebecca covers the history of Jane Addams, including her life and all the social work she inspired.

Jane Addams

Time for the debate!
Join Pat, Rebecca, and Mondo for a debate on all the different ghost people have claimed to see over the years at Hull House. Everyone lays out their best case, so then you the listeners can decide. Who do you believe?

Charles J. Hull Memorial at Rosehill Cemetary Chicago

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Poll Results
Also included in this episode are the results from last episode’s poll. The voting came down to the wire! Is the Clown Motel is haunted? Still need to listen to our previous episode on the Clown Motel? Check it out here.
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