Pen Name: None
Born: in Chicago, Illinois
Ursula Bielski grew up on Chicago's north side. She still resides in Chicago today.
Biographical and Professional Information
Ursula Bielski is the founder of Chicago Hauntings, Inc. A historian, author, and parapsychology enthusiast, she has been writing and lecturing about Chicago's supernatural folklore and the paranormal for nearly 20 years.
Ursula's interests in Chicago ghost hunting 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, who introduced Ursula to the ghosts at Graceland Cemetery, Montrose Point and the old lockup at the storied Maxwell Street Police Station.
Since that time she has been involved in countless investigations of haunted sites in and around Chicago; Tennessee; Osh Kosh, Wisconsin; New Orleans; Key West, Florida and the Civil War Battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Ursula has also been featured on numerous television documentaries, including productions by the A&E Network, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, The Travel Channel, and PBS. She also appears regularly on local Chicago television and radio and lectures throughout the year.
Along with her books listed below, Ursula is also the author of numerous scholarly articles exploring the links between history and the paranormal, including articles published in the International Journal of Parapsychology.
She is a graduate of St. Benedict High School in Chicago and has a Bachelor's degree in history from Benedictine University and an a Master's degree in American cultural and intellectual history from Northeastern Illinois University. Her academic explorations include the Spiritualist movement of the 19th century and its transformation into psychical research and parapsychology, and the relationships among belief, experience, science, and religion.
- Chicago Haunts, Lake Claremont Press, 1997
- Graveyards of Chicago: The People, History, Art, and Lore of Cook County Cemeteries, Lake Claremont Press, 1999 - written with Matt Hucke
- More Chicago Haunts, Lake Claremont Press, 2000
- Creepy Chicago, Lake Claremont Press, 2003
- Chicago Haunts 3, Lake Claremont Press, 2009
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Chicago Haunts: Ghostlore of the Windy City
Release Date: 1998-09
Graveyards of Chicago: The People, History, Art, and Lore of Cook County Cemeteries
Release Date: 1999-11-09
More Chicago Haunts: Scenes From Myth and Memory
Release Date: 2000-10-18
Creepy Chicago: A Ghosthunter's Tales of the City's Scariest Sites
Release Date: 2003-08-19
Chicago Haunts 3: Locked up Stories from an October City
Release Date: 2009-08-01
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)
Contact Publisher at:
Lake Claremont Press
4805 North Claremont
Chicago, Illinois 60625
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