"From my corner there's no one better suited to gathering folks of all ages 'round the ol' campfire to raise goosebumps and learn local lore. Bielski tackles delicious weird stuff with equal measures of wonder, respect, and disciplined observation, qualities she transmits with humor and intelligent reflection. What a terrific way to teach kids how to absorb cultural history and distill variables in oral accounts that are likely to differ over time and between sources . . . Kids will inhale this stuff . . . Bielski provides a 'Ghostly Glossary,' a list of ghosthunter's tools ("Powder sprinkled on the floor of a 'haunted room' will clearly show the footprints of someone who has been fiddling around in a haunted area"), helpful interview questions, and a recommended reading list. A great use of a charming author's talents."
—Jean Kozlowski, Cricket in the Corner, June 22, 2004
"Well, this isn't quite a parenting book, but it is one of those books that can be a family activity perfect for October: ghost hunting. Bielski has written several books telling adults where the ghosts hang out in Chicago. But this one is for children ages 8–12—a perfect age for hunting down haunts . . ."
—Susy Schultz, Chicago Parent, October 2003
"Chicago isn't the first place I think of when I think about hauntings, but as Ursula Bielski points out in her book, Creepy Chicago, the windy city has a long and rich tradition of ghostly happenings dating back nearly two hundred years. Bielski's book relates dozens of stories of hauntings from Chicago and the surrounding areas . . . From Chicago's Field Museum to the Ghost of Horace Greeley who haunts the elementary school named after him and from the site of the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre to Wrigley Field where long-time broadcaster Harry Caray's ghost is said to haunt, this is a fascinating trip through Chicago's ghostly attractions. Unlike many regional tales of ghosts that are often rather dry reading Bielski relates these stories with a lot of enthusiasm that the readers will certainly share. Well done!"
—Tim Janson, Amazon.com, "The Windy City's Rich Tradition of Ghosts," 5 of 5 Stars, May 24, 2005
Also in Print
Park Ridge Bugle, October 30, 2003