‘Ghost walk’ takes in spirits of city

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — Holiday thrills are close to home and just a walk away heading into Halloween.

The sixth annual Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance Ghost Walk offers two tours this year, afternoon and evening strolls through the city’s hallowed and — at times — haunted history.

Preservation Alliance President Lesley Lynch-Wilson said the tour offers stories and history of the city’s early days. The tour begins along Fort Park Boulevard, among the earliest neighborhoods of the city dating back to a purchase of 120 acres of land by Cleophus Goodell. Mayor Patricia Diaz Krause will be among the guides to this year’s tour, which offers an education even to the tour leaders.

“I’ll learn as we go,” Krause said.

Talking points will cover the histories of local families including that of Herman Quandt, whose home was moved when Fort Street was widened in the 1920s. Some of the houses are “supposedly haunted,” Krause said, and the tours offer spirited tales from the city’s past.

Two tours will be offered Saturday: from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Walkers are invited to park in the lot at Fort Park and Philomene before hitting the street with the tour. The tour begins in the Fire Department parking lot.

Tour tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children. Hot cider and treats will be available by the Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the city’s history and sites through education, advocacy, research, tours, workshops and lectures.

For more information contact 313-598-3137.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)