Built in 1870, the building that is now known as the Ravenís Grin Inn has had many identities. Since the time it was built, it has been everything from a car dealership to a brothel. It has also been (and is currently) a haunted attraction
that is open to the public.
As you wait outside, the huge structure looms over you, filling you with an
eerie sense of anticipation. Keep in mind that this isnít your typical haunted house. In fact the term ďhaunted houseĒ doesnít do it justice. You wonít find typical house characters like Jason or Freddy, nor will you find a spinning vortex
tunnel like most haunted houses have. This attraction has a style all its own. I guess the Ravenís Grin could be described as a haunted fun
house, with equal portions of fright & comic relief, and
definitely a lot of entertainment value.
What some people donít know is that not only is it a
commercial haunted attraction, it also has a real haunted history.
At the start of the tour, you are given a brief history of some of the supernatural happenings that have
been observed throughout the years. Unexplainable things have been happening in this building since the mid 1920ís. Strange sounds, mysterious apparitions and other unexplainable phenomena have been
observed and documented by the owner Jim Warfield. Perhaps the best-known apparition is the ďLady in WhiteĒ, who has been seen by many people over the years. She most often appears in the wine cellar, the most haunted room of the Ravenís
After you learn about some of the haunted history, you continue on
through the house, winding your way through tunnels, crawl
spaces and slides. On your trip through the Raven's Grin, you
will see many odd & creative displays and props, spawned
from the delightfully twisted mind of the owner, Jim
Warfield. As part of the outdoor portion of the tour, you
get to see Jim's old "spookmobile" that was hit from
behind by a semi doing 80 MPH, with him in it! How could
he have survived such an impact? Or did
The most popular part of the house seems to be the slide in the
"Bad Dreams Bedroom", which shoots you down from the
top of the house into the stone wine cellar, which is 24 feet
below the surface of the earth. It is such a wild ride, it
has been made an optional part of the tour.
Raven's Grin is also quite a value, compared to other haunted
attractions. For the affordable $10 admission price, you
get over an hour of entertainment.
If you are looking for a totally unique experience, this is it! The Ravenís Grin has developed quite a following and has
actually become somewhat of a legend in the Chicagoland area and
beyond. It has been featured on television shows like HGTV Extreme Homes and Wild Chicago. Believe me, it is a totally unique experience. Itís something youíll have to see for yourself.
Note: The best time to visit the Raven's Grin is in the off-season, when you can avoid the huge October crowds and get a more lengthy, in depth tour. If you visit on non-October dates, you also have the benefit of Jim Warfield, the creative force behind the Raven's Grin, guiding the entire
tour. Because The Raven's Grin is open year-round (301 days
a year), you can drop in nearly any day for a tour!
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