Earlier in the night, we had the chance to interview a security guard in the Gold Room.
How long have you worked at the hotel?
More than 17 years.
Have you experienced any ghostly activities during this time?
No, I haven’t. But, a few of the rehab contractors and other security guards have.
Image: Gold Room, Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, Feb. 14, 2013.
Would you tell us about those experiences?
One of our contractors was working on a remodel job in Room 667 in the south tower. He took a picture of the nearly completed bathroom work. This is a standard procedure to show progress on a job. When he developed the pictures, there was a little girl in them. It looked like she was drawing something on the wall. She wore clothes from the past, like the white socks that go up to your knees and a plaid skirt. Her face wasn’t in the picture because it was too fuzzy to make it out. Only her face was blurry. The rest of her body was clear.
The other guards have heard whispers or footsteps when no one is there. Sometimes, they say something tugged their hand or a personal item goes missing. It always turns up, but not where you’d expect it to be. It’s like you put your wallet in your locker, but it’s been placed on your desk later that night. I don’t think anyone has seen a ghost, though.
He then let us into the Gold Room to take pictures. We weren’t allowed to go into the closets to look for the Mystery Hand.
Note: This conversation happened 2 hours before we contacted Colleen.
Jacob Rice began investigating and writing about the paranormal in 2007. He has published 3 books on ghost hunting, ghost stories and paranormal protection. His podcast, Ghostly Activities, dives into these topics even more. You can also watch his ghost hunts on the Ghostly Activities YouTube channel. He lives in Olympia, Washington.