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H. H. Holmes: The Devil Downtown

Trace the downtown footsteps of Chicago's most notorious serial killer.

Though H. H. Holmes, the "Devil in the White City," is best known for his activities in Englewood, far south of downtown, the vast majority of locations to which he can be traced are in and around the loop. Adam Selzer, author of H.H. HOLMES: The True History of the White City Devil, illuminates Holmes' Chicago career though a walking tour of downtown locations, including a number of still-standing buildings to which Holmes can be traced. The most informative, in-depth, accurate and stunning Holmes tour available!


  • The event will run rain or shine.
  • Meet Field Agent Adam Selzer outside the LaSalle Wacker Building at 221 N. LaSalle. He'll be the one holding a clipboard and looking like someone who's looking for people.
  • The tour is approximately 1.5 miles and will end in the South Loop.
  • This tour discusses the career of serial killer H. H. Holmes and might not be the best for the young ones; parental discretion is advised.
  • The event has limited ADA access. Pavement will be available as the tour is conducted through the streets and sidewalks of downtown Chicago.
  • Wear your walking shoes, bring a water bottle, and grab your cameras!
  • The tour will talk about the "murder castle" in great detail, but the site itself is now a vacant lot next to a post office several miles south, and not included on the walking tour.
  • Parking can be found at various garages downtown, but can be expensive.  The starting point at 221 N. LaSalle is located by the Clark & Lake L stop ((Blue, Orange, Brown, Green and Pink lines) and the State/Lake Red Line stop. The Clark (22) and State Street (29) busses come very close as well.  
  • This ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.

About Field Agent Adam Selzer

Adam Selzer is the host of the Mysterious Chicago podcast, and a recognized authority on Holmes. His research has been cited in Rolling StoneThe Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and more, and he's appeared on such programs as Haunted History, Dark Places, Hotel Secrets, and the new History channel series American Ripper, on which he also served as consulting producer. His Plutarch-nominated 2017 Holmes biography, H.H. HOLMES: The True History of the White City Devil, received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, and brought tons of new data on Holmes to light.  He also has ten years of experience running ghost tours, crime tours, architectural tours, and more around Chicago, and cool stories from history and architectural info are woven into the Holmes tour.  If Devil in the White City piqued your curiosity, you won't want to miss delving deeper in the true tale of H. H. Holmes!


Email adam.selzer@gmail.com.

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