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May 2019

Paranormal Evening at the Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum in Poplar Grove

May 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum, 5151 Orth Road Ste. A-1
Poplar Grove, IL 61065 United States
$20.00

Haunted Rockford is very excited to be invited to this brand new location!  This museum contains hundreds of artifacts all dealing with transportation.  We will take a tour and curator Mike Frederiksen and Event Coordinator Trudy Konopka will share the history of the museum and the artifacts. Haunted Rockford's Kathi Kresol will share the history of the area and Sara Bowker will share her psychic impressions of any spirits who linger at the location. The price for this event is $20.00…

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Paranormal Investigation of the Tinker Swiss Cottage

May 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent Street
Rockford, IL United States
$40.00

Haunted Rockford is excited to be back at Tinker Swiss Cottage this time with the Society for Anomalous Studies!  Did you ever want to see what a real paranormal investigation is all about?  This is your chance to find out! This exciting event will let you be the paranormal investigator!  Guests will be in small groups as you join the team in the most active locations in the Cottage.  You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own equipment (cameras,…

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June 2019

Cedar Bluff Cemetery Tour with the Rockford Historical Society

June 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cedar Bluff Cemetery, 1200 Rural Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States

Haunted Rockford's own Kathi Kresol will be joining the Rockford Historical Society for this year's Cemetery Walk.  Each year in mid June the Society selects one of Rockford's major cemeteries for the Cemetery Walk.  Volunteers select individuals interred in the cemetery, research the person's past, and interpret their findings for those who attend the "walk".  The interpreters are often dressed in costumes of the period associated with their subjects.  They often bring related items to enhance their presentations given near…

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Cedar Bluff Cemetery by Lantern Tour

June 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cedar Bluff Cemetery, 1200 Rural Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$20.00

Join Haunted Rockford as we tour Cedar Bluff Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in Rockford.  Local historians, Kathi Kresol and Amanda Becker will share the long forgotten stories of people from Rockford’s past, both famous and infamous. This is a walking tour so please wear comfortable shoes. Water and bug spray will be provided. The price for this event is $20.00 with advanced reservations and $25.00 at the event.  Please register here or by calling Kathi at 815-871-4239. Please note:…

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City by Starlight- Haunted Rockford Walking Tour – 6/14/19 – 7:00 p.m.

June 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$20.00

There are two walks for this date, one starting at 7:00 PM, the second starting at 9:00 PM.  This event page is for 7:00 PM and tickets ordered on this page are only valid for the 7:00 PM Tour. Haunted Rockford is very excited to partner with the Rockford Public Library for a paranormal tour of the downtown area in Rockford.  Local historian and author, Kathi Kresol will tell the ghostly tales of Rockford's historic places.  These stories will include…

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City by Starlight-Haunted Rockford Walking Tour – 6/14/19 – 9:00 p.m.

June 14, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$20.00

There are two walks for this date, one starting at 7:00 PM, the second starting at 9:00 PM.  This event page is for 9:00 PM and tickets ordered on this page are only valid for the 9:00 PM Tour. Haunted Rockford is very excited to partner with the Rockford Public Library for a paranormal tour of the downtown area in Rockford.  Local historian and author, Kathi Kresol will tell the ghostly tales of Rockford's historic places.  These stories will include ghastly…

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July 2019

Paranormal Investigation of the Tinker Swiss Cottage with Dale Kaczmarek

July 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent Street
Rockford, IL United States
$40.00

Haunted Rockford is thrilled to partner with Tinker Swiss Cottage to bring the renowned Ghost Investigator Dale Kaczmarek and his Ghost Research Society (GHS) to investigate this exciting location.  There have been many claims to paranormal experiences in this historic home and it was featured on the SyFy Channel's Ghost Hunters Paranormal Show.  Guests will meet up for the investigation at the barn.  We will travel through four “hot spots”  in an actual paranormal investigation. Haunted Rockford's Kathi Kresol and…

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Unsolved Crimes of Winnebago County

July 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum, 5151 Orth Road Ste. A-1
Poplar Grove, IL 61065 United States

Local historian and author,  Kathi Kresol will share some of the stories about unsolved crimes she has uncovered in her research of Rockford's past.  Kathi has been researching Rockford's history for over 10 years for Haunted Rockford Tours and her local newspaper column, "Voices From the Grave."  Her first book, Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, was published in November 2015. The price of admission is $5.00 and can be paid at the door.  There is no fee for museum members. …

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Greenwood Cemetery by Lamplight Tour

July 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Greenwood Cemetery, 1011 Auburn Street
Rockford, IL 61103 United States
$20.00

Join Haunted Rockford as we tour one of the oldest cemeteries in Rockford where our founding families were laid to rest. Kathi Kresol will share the long forgotten stories of people from Rockford’s past, both famous and infamous. This tour will include a little history and mystery. This is a walking tour so please wear comfortable shoes. Water and bug spray will be provided. The price for this event is $20.00 with advanced reservations and $25.00 at the event.  You…

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August 2019

City by Starlight – Haunted Downtown Walking Tour – 7PM

August 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$20.00

Haunted Rockford is very excited to partner with the Veterans Memorial Hall for a paranormal tour of the downtown area in Rockford.  Local historian and author, Kathi Kresol will tell the ghostly tales of Rockford's historic places.  These stories will include ghastly murders, accidents, and ghostly visits.  All proceeds will go to the Veterans Memorial Hall. This will be a walking tour so please dress appropriately for the weather.  We will meet at the  Veterans Memorial Hall parking lot at…

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Unsolved Crimes of Winnebago County

August 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent Street
Rockford, IL United States

Tinker Swiss Cottage has invited local author and historian Kathi Kresol to share some of the most notorious unsolved crimes in the area.  Kathi has been researching the darker side of Winnebago County history for over a decade.  Her book "Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, Illinois" was published in 2015. The cost for this lecture is $10 for non-members and $5 for Tinker members.  Payment can be made on the Tinker website:  http://www.tinkercottage.com/lectures.html  

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Special Event – Haunted Rockford Walking Tour with Midway Village 08/24/19

August 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$20.00

Please meet at the Veterans Memorial Hall Parking Lot.   Haunted Rockford is very excited to announce that we are partnering with Midway Village Museum to offer a very SPECIAL EVENT!  Local author Kathi Kresol will lead the group around the haunted spots of downtown Rockford where costumed interpreters from Midway Village Museum will make Rockford’s ghostly history come alive.  Hear the dark tales of murder, grisly accidents, and spirits who linger throughout the Forest City.   The walking tour…

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September 2019

Special Event-Haunted History Walking Tour with Midway Village 09/07/19

September 7, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$20.00

Please meet at the Veterans Memorial Hall Parking Lot.   Haunted Rockford is very excited to announce that we are partnering with Midway Village Museum to offer a very SPECIAL EVENT! Local author Kathi Kresol will lead the group around the haunted spots of downtown Rockford where costumed interpreters from Midway Village Museum will make Rockford’s ghostly history come alive.  Hear the dark tales of murder, grisly accidents, and spirits who linger throughout the Forest City.   The price for…

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Writers Workshop at the Rockton Centre Branch Library

September 9, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Rockton Centre Branch Library, 3112 N. Rockton Avenue
Rockford, IL 61103 United States

Get some ideas and support with new friends! Have writers block? Need some encouragement to get started? Just want to chat about writing? Join us for a workshop to get some of those creative juices flowing! This workshop will have special guests that will give us some tips on their particular genres. There has been a change to this schedule! September 9th's meeting the guest will be the amazing Terri Reid.  Terri is the author of the very popular Mary…

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The 2019 Illinois Paranormal Conference – The Biggest Event of the Year

September 28, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Rockford, IL United States
$20

Join Tinker Swiss Cottage and Haunted Rockford for the eight annual Illinois Paranormal Conference. The conference will feature speakers and vendors from all aspects of the paranormal. Samantha Hochmann from Tinker Swiss Cottage and Kathi Kresol from Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events are hosting the Illinois Paranormal Conference again in 2019.  The conference will be Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Veterans Memorial Hall at 211 N. Main Street, Rockford, Illinois.  The doors will open at 10:30 a.m. to allow guests…

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Special Investigation at the Tinker Swiss Cottage – Join Us After The Conference!

September 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent Street
Rockford, IL United States
$40.00

This special event will include different investigation teams in a public investigation of the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and grounds!  We will be joined by Dale Kaczmarek and his team, the Ghost Research Society and Ghost Head Soup investigators to investigate the spirits of Tinker! The evening will begin with a presentation by Dean Thompson from Ghost Head Soup.  Dean will share some of his favorite evidence captured during his many years of investigating the paranormal. Haunted Rockford's own Kathi Kresol…

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October 2019

Ghastly Crimes and Ghostly Encounters Presentation

October 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Talcott Free Library District, 101 E Main St
Rockton, IL 61072 United States

Local author and historian, Kathi Kresol shares the strange tales, weird crimes and hidden haunted history of Northern Illinois.  From haunted houses to eerie cemeteries, lost spirits, dark crimes and more, Kathi has spent more than a decade collecting the spooky tales of the region! This event is free and registration is not required.  

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Unsolved Crimes of Winnebago County Presentation

October 11, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Rock River Branch Library, 3128 11th Street
Rockford, IL 61109 United States

Local historian and author, Kathi Kresol, returns to host an hour of true crime mystery.  All new stories!  Not all material suited for young children. This event is free and registration is not required.

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Belvidere Haunted Houses Tour

October 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Boone County Historical Miuseum, 314 S State St
Belvidere, IL 61008 United States
$50.00

Haunted Rockford is honored to be a part of this special event!  We will be visiting three historical locations in Belvidere.  All of these sites have reported ghostly encounters and paranormal happenings.  The history of these fascinating locations will be shared by the owners and Kathi Kresol.  Sara Bowker will join us to share her impressions of who might linger in the halls.  We will also have experienced paranormal investigators along who will share their equipment to help capture evidence. …

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True Tales of Things That Go Bump in the Night

October 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent Street
Rockford, IL United States
$20.00

Celebrate Halloween with Tinker Swiss Cottage and Haunted Rockford!  Local authors Terri Reid and Kathi Kresol will be joining us for this special evening of spine-tingling and bone-chilling stories! Terri Reid, best-selling author of the Mary O’Reilly paranormal series and Kathi Kresol, founder of Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events will share their favorite tales of their own paranormal encounters and other local legends.  After the presentation, Samantha Hochmann, Executive Director of Tinker Swiss Cottage share the history of this unique home…

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Historical Hauntings at the Rockford Public Library!

October 23, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockton Centre Branch Library, 3112 N. Rockton Avenue
Rockford, IL 61103 United States

The Rockton Centre Branch Library is presenting a special Halloween Happening! Hear and see the evidence collected during paranormal investigations! This program will offer an exploration of the haunted, historic locations that the Society for Anomalous Studies has investigated.  They will discuss the locations history and legends and show the paranormal evidence they captured during their investigations. This program is free to the public and registration is not required; join us!

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Spooktacular Haunts

October 26, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road
Rockford, IL 61107 United States

Join us for a Hoo-rifically Spooky Halloween in the Anderson Japanese Gardens.  The Garden is partnering with Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehab and Education Center and Haunted Rockford for a Halloween event that will be fun for the whole family!  Children are invited to come dressed in costume and explore the Garden in a new and spooky way! Registration not required; FREE for Garden Members; non-member pay regular Garden admission prices at the event:  Adults $9.50, Students $7.50. 

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Rockford Haunted Historic Locations Tour

October 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$40.00

Haunted Rockford is honored to be a part of this special event!  We will be visiting three historical locations in Rockford.  All of these sites have reported ghostly encounters and paranormal happenings.  The history of these fascinating locations will be shared by the staff members and Kathi Kresol.  Sara Bowker will join us to share her impressions of who might linger in the halls.  We will also have experienced paranormal investigators along who will share their equipment to help capture…

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Ghastly Crimes and Ghostly Encounters -True Stories of Rockford’s Past

October 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rock River Branch Library, 3128 11th Street
Rockford, IL 61109 United States

Kathi Kresol, local author and tour guide, returns to share all new peculiar and puzzling tales.  Rockford's past is full of murder and ghostly mischief.  Not all material suitable for young children.   This event is free and registration is not required.  

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Haunted History: Ghosts of the State Line

October 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61114 United States

Local author, historian, and founder of Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events, Kathi Kresol, will share her favorite stories of lost loves, spine tingling encounters with ghostly apparitions and unexplained bumps in the night.  Kresol has spent countless hours researching and tracking down the legends and ghost stories of Illinois.  She weaves historical research with actual personal accounts of the hauntings into her stories of the weird and unusual happenings in Forest City. Join us in the Rock Valley College Library for…

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November 2019

True Crime Expo

November 16, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
$15.00

During this event we will delve into the details of some of the most horrific crimes in history.   The speakers will present on all steps of these crimes from the commission to the aftermath on the community.  Local author Kathi Kresol and Chicago based film maker John Borowski are partnering to bring this expo to Rockford for the first time.   Kathi Kresol will tell the specifics of some of our area's most notorious crimes that she has discovered during…

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H. H. Holmes Documentary with John Borowski

November 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States

We will start this exciting evening with a Meet and Greet with the documentary's film maker John Borowski!  Then we will watch the documentary "H.H. Holmes - America's First Serial Killer" with John!    John will be selling his books and other documentaries at this event!  Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet this amazing film maker!   Admission is free but donations for the Veterans Memorial Hall will be accepted!   DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS EVENT HAS BEEN…

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January 2020

Rockford’s Dark Days

January 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Talcott Free Library District, 101 E Main St
Rockton, IL 61072 United States
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Did you know that during prohibition, Rockford had its share of rum running and gangland slayings? Returning author Kathi Kresol, will relate the stories of those violent times and how they impacted this quiet little town. Free event, no registration necessary. For more information, please visit: https://www.talcottfreelibrary.com/prohibition-rockford-dark-days-january-9-at-630pm/  

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