PANICd - Paranormal Database PANICd - Paranormal Database

The Red Lion Pub

The Red Lion Pub

Location submitted by: jragan on 01/09/2011
DBA Approved: Y

PANICd#: 1038

The building that now contains Chicago's Red Lion Pub was built in 1882, a few years after the Great Fire. At that time, the building was on the northern outskirts of the city, surrounded by farms and countryside.

2446 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago , IL 60614
Phone: (773) 348-2695
Open to the public: Unkown

http://www.redlionchicago.com/

Lat: 41.926314
Lon: -87.650436

Database Summary:

Demographic Rank: 6
History: 2
Stories: 1
Claims: 11
Evidence: 0
Resources: 0
Retrievals: 1286
Vistor Rating: 5.0
Votes: 1

Rate this Location
Rate:
<- Get Location Badge Code
 
 

History

History information is some background and history about the location. This is meant to be a basic summary. Below the history records you will find sources in which you can click on to find out more information. There may be multiple history records per location.


The building that now contains Chicago's Red Lion Pub was built in 1882, a few years after the Great Fire. At that time, the building was on the northern outskirts of the city, surrounded by farms and countryside. The Lincoln Park and DePaul neighborhoods grew up around the building.

Al Capone reportedly hung out in this neighborhood during Prohibition when he wasn't in his corner booth at the Green Mill. Across the street lies the Biograph Theater, where the "Lady in Red" fingered John Dillinger, and was subsequently gunned down by FBI agents in the alley next door.

In the 1940's, the building sported a "Wild West" saloon called Dirty Dans', that more respectable people stayed out of. The second floor at that time housed a gambling hall, and apartments were located on the third floor. Later, the building became a produce store, a laundry facility, and a novelty shop.

The building was rescued from disrepair in 1984 by a well-known Chicago architect named John Cordwell, who named it the Red Lion Pub. John was born in 1920 in London and was trained there in both architecture and town planning. He came to Chicago in 1950.The building that now contains Chicago's Red Lion Pub was built in 1882, a few years after the Great Fire. At that time, the building was on the northern outskirts of the city, surrounded by farms and countryside. The Lincoln Park and DePaul neighborhoods grew up around the building.

Al Capone reportedly hung out in this neighborhood during Prohibition when he wasn't in his corner booth at the Green Mill. Across the street lies the Biograph Theater, where the "Lady in Red" fingered John Dillinger, and was subsequently gunned down by FBI agents in the alley next door.

In the 1940's, the building sported a "Wild West" saloon called Dirty Dans', that more respectable people stayed out of. The second floor at that time housed a gambling hall, and apartments were located on the third floor. Later, the building became a produce store, a laundry facility, and a novelty shop.

The building was rescued from disrepair in 1984 by a well-known Chicago architect named John Cordwell, who named it the Red Lion Pub. John was born in 1920 in London and was trained there in both architecture and town planning. He came to Chicago in 1950.

The "Red Lion" was selected as the bar's name in part because it is the most common pub name stemming from the height of the name's popularity between the 15th and 17th Centuries. One reason for the name's popularity is due to John of Gaunt (now known as Ghent). John of Gaunt became one of the most powerful men in 14th Century England when he claimed full power as Viceroy following his father's senility (King Edward III, that is) John's heraldic device was a red lion.

In addition, when James I (a.k.a., King James VI of Scotland) ascended to power, he demanded the red lion of Scotland be displayed in public places throughout England. During King James' rule, displaying a red lion outside an establishment was a way for pub owners to show loyalty to their bosses.

During its time as the Red Lion Pub, it has hosted the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Twighlight Tales, stand-up comedy nights and countless other groups gathering under its Tudor canopy.

The Red Lion Pub is reputed to be the "most haunted" pub in Chicago.

Added by: jragan on 02/01/2011 DB#:70
Source(s):
http://www.redlionchicago.com/history.html


The Red Lion Pub building was originally built in 1882, on the Northern outskirts of Chicago, surrounded by farms and countryside. The city grew up around the building, and the neighborhood became a traditionally rough part of town. John Dillinger saw his last movie in the Biograh Theater, located across the street from The Red Lion, before he was gunned down by the G- men, right outside the theater. Al Capone and his thugs hung out in this neighborhood during Prohibition. In the 1940's, Red Lion Inn building was a "Wild West-type" saloon, that respectable people stayed out of. It was described as a real dump, and the second floor housed a flourishing bookie joint, actively involved in the illegal gambling industry. The third floor was always used as apartments, until recently when they became an over flow storage area. Throughout the years, various businesses came and went, such as a produce store, a laundry facility, and a nick - knack / novelty shop. The building was rescued from disrepair by a well-known Chicago architect, John Cordwell, an Englishman who thought it might be fun to renovate it into an old English Pub, as a hobby. John, his wife, and his two sons ran the place now as a side business.

John Cordwell as since passed on, but his sons and wife still run the pub as a side business

Added by: jragan on 01/09/2011 DB#:37
Source(s):
http://www.hauntedhouses.com/states/il/red_lion_pu...


Stories

Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.


About seven male and female ghosts, thought to be past patrons /workers who have died in the building itself or nearby, make The Red Lion Pub their home. Also, a family member of John Cordwell also hangs out there.

Past Patrons:

A) The Scruffy-looking Cowboy

A psychic by the name of Sheila Bitely who visited the Red Lion saw an ill-groomed apparition of an unshaven, young man in his twenties, who was wearing western clothes and cowboy boots, clumping through the upstairs dining room.

B) 2 Male Apparitions; deceased as a result of a fight

1) The psychic Mrs. Cordwell reports seeing a young male apparition that has black hair and a beard, wearing a black hat, in the company of a blond male apparition with a slavic, broad face. Using a Ouija board, she found out that the slavic-looking apparition had killed the black-haired, bearded young male apparition in a fit of anger, over a bad gambling debt.

2) While John's son was working the downstairs bar one night, he heard a terrible crash on the 2nd floor. Perhaps the slavic ghost is still frustrated and angry. The son found that the cricket bat, that had been hanging on the wall as a display, had been thrown across the room. No one breathing was there at the time to have done it.

C) A 1920's Era Female Ghost.

1) The psychic Mrs. Cordwell has also seen a female apparition that is wearing clothes and sporting the grooming style typical of women making a fashion statement, who lived during the 1920's.

2) Perhaps this is the mischievous ghost who likes to hold the ladies restroom door shut on the second floor, so female patrons or workers are trapped in the bathroom for at least 15 to 20 minutes, before the door all of a sudden pops open without a problem.

D) Ghost of a 20 Year old Retarded Woman

In the second floor dining room, many are treated to an overwhelming smell of lavender perfume. While alive, this young lady didn't know how much perfume to put on, so she usually put on way too much, unless someone helped her.

E) John Cordwell's Father

{Not feeling like they had gotten a proper burial has caused spirits to be restless in other ghost stories reported in other states on our web page map}

After completely renovating the second floor, John put a beautiful stained-glass window in over the stairway to the second floor, placing a memorial plaque underneath it, as a dedication to his father who was an artist, as his father has no headstone on his grave back in England. After doing this, the following manifestations began. Why? {John felt the window and plaque really pleased his father, who told John that he would come back and visit him, after he died, because "there was a spirit world." )

1) John Cordwell, his pianist, and other people have experienced a friendly tap on the shoulder, when no live human being was there.

John claims that his father suffered from dizziness, near the end of his life due to his physical problems, and this phenomena described below is caused by his father, letting the living know he is there.

2) People passing by the stained glass window have all of a sudden have dizzy spells. At the end of the upstairs bar, right by the stairs, is the exact spot where people have had the experience of feeling dizzy all of a sudden.

3) John Cordwell has felt the strong presence of his father on the second floor.

F) Female Ghost -

A woman died from an epileptic seizure in the restaurant area, from not being able to breathe.

Several people have felt their throats constricting so they couldn't breathe for just a moment, and attribute it to her.

G) Unknown Male Apparition

During closing time, when only a patron and John's son - in-law were there, the patron, Steve, was left alone for a few minutes, and saw a male apparition walk down the middle of the first floor bar and continue to clump up the stairs. When the son-in-law came back into the room, both men heard the clumping feet up on the second floor. When the 2nd floor was checked, not a living soul was there.

Added by: jragan on 02/01/2011 DB#:1044
Source(s):
http://www.hauntedhouses.com/states/il/red_lion_pu...


Paranormal Claims

Here are the paranormal claims for this location. These have been found through Internet research, reports from members, or reports from personal interviews. To add a claim, please contact PANICd.com, and we will review and add your information.


Claim # Added Added By Claim
1275 02/01/2011 jragan An apparition of an “unshaven, young man in his twenties, wearing western clothes and cowboy boots” was seen in the upstairs dining room.
1276 02/01/2011 jragan An apparition of a man with a beard, black hair, and wearing a black hat has been seen.
1277 02/01/2011 jragan An apparition of a blond “Slavic-looking” man has been seen.
1278 02/01/2011 jragan A cricket bat that had been hanging on the wall as a display had been taken off the wall and thrown across the room.
1279 02/01/2011 jragan An apparition of a woman, “wearing clothes and sporting the grooming style typical of women making a fashion statement, who lived during the 1920's” has been seen.
1280 02/01/2011 jragan The second floor ladies room door has been held shut for 15 to 20 minutes, before all of a sudden it pops open without a problem.
1281 02/01/2011 jragan In the second floor dining room, many are treated to an overwhelming smell of lavender perfume.
1282 02/01/2011 jragan John Cordwell, his pianist, and other people have experienced a friendly tap on the shoulder, when no live human being was there.
1283 02/01/2011 jragan People passing by the stained glass window have all of a sudden had dizzy spells. At the end of the upstairs bar, right by the stairs, is the exact spot where people have had the experience of feeling dizzy all of a sudden.
1284 02/01/2011 jragan John Cordwell has felt the strong presence of his father on the second floor.
1285 02/01/2011 jragan Several people have felt their throats constricting so they couldn't breathe for just a moment in the dining area.

Paranormal Evidence

Paranormal evidence is based on claims that have been reported for this location. There can be several types of evidence; however, we have grouped them based on media type for better organization. Here you will find evidence that are logs, audio, video, or photographic.

To add evidence for a claim, you must submit it to PANICd.com for approval to be entered into the database.


No Evidence Reported Yet!

Additional Resources

This is a collection of Internet resources for this location. This section will house links to other websites that contain information related to history, claims, investigations, or even the location's website.


No Reources Yet!

Location Comments

Please leave a comment about this location. Your comment can pertain to anything you find on our site about the location including: location demographics, history, claims, evidence, resources, or other comments.

If you have additional information about this location, please be sure to contribute.