CHICAGO — The Congress Plaza Hotel has been named the most haunted spot in Illinois.
The hotel at 520 S. Michigan Ave. is supposedly the home of a number of ghosts — including that of notorious gangster Al Capone, according to Travel + Leisure magazine, which picked the most haunted spots in the United States.
The Congress also is reported to be the home of ghosts Karel Langer, a young boy who runs around the halls, and Peg Leg Johnny, who plays with the light switches, according to WBEZ. And the hotel supposedly inspired Stephen King's horror story, "1408."
The Congress hosts the Haunted Halloween Ball at the end of October ever year. This year, the hotel will be run by zombies and other ghouls during the ball, so look out for vampire bellmen, according to the event's website.
The ball is Oct. 28, and tickets cost $20. There will be a costume contest.
The Congress Plaza hotel is shown in an undated photograph. [Chicago History Museum]