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General Information

Name:  Ursula Bielski  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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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.

Published Works

  • 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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Chicago haunts :
ISBN: 0964242672. OCLC Number:

Lake Claremont Press,. Chicago, Ill. :. 1998.

Contains over forty stories of ghosts in the city of Chicago; including phantom hitch-hikers; haunted houses, schools, and cemeteries; dealings with the Devil; and tragedy victims.

Graveyards of Chicago :
ISBN: 0964242648. OCLC Number:

Lake Claremont Press,. Chicago :. 1999.

Primarily historical in nature. Doesn't include cemetery readings but does discuss the famous & infamous buried in Chicago area cemeteries. Includes photographs of notable cemetery monuments.

More Chicago haunts :
ISBN: 1893121046. OCLC Number:

Lake Claremont Press,. Chicago, IL :. 2000.

A collection of legends and ghostly stories about hauntings and paranormal phenomena in the city of Chicago.

Creepy Chicago :
ISBN: 1893121151. OCLC Number:

Lake Claremont Press,. Chicago :. 2003.

Nineteen true tales of Chicago's famous phantoms, haunted history, and unsolved mysteries.

Chicago haunts 3 :
ISBN: 1933272155. OCLC Number:

Thunder Bay Press,. Holt, Mich. :. ©2009.

Ursula Bielski continues her collection of ghastly ghosts in this third volume of Chicago Haunts.



Speaking Engagements

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Contact Publisher at Lake Claremont Press 4805 North Claremont Chicago, Illinois 60625