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Ghosts, UFOs and Big Foot Coming To Chicago Paranormal Conference

Patch logo Patch 3/2/2022 Lorraine Swanson
The Chicago Paranormal Conference convenes Sunday, March 6, at Pescadon Banquets in Summit, featuring 40 vendors and expert speakers. © Shutterstock The Chicago Paranormal Conference convenes Sunday, March 6, at Pescadon Banquets in Summit, featuring 40 vendors and expert speakers.

SUMMIT, IL — Whether you’re a hardcore paranormal enthusiast or merely curious about the spiritual realm, the first-ever Chicago Paranormal Conference convenes Sunday, March 6, featuring psychics, card readers, oddities and experts speaking on a variety of topics. The conference runs from noon to 6 p.m. at Pescadon Restaurant and Banquets, 6254 S. Archer Ave., Summit (62nd Street and Archer).

Admission to the Chicago Paranormal Conference is FREE. An exciting lineup of guest speakers have confirmed their attendance, including:

1 p.m. - Sam Maranto, the director of the Illinois State Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network, will discuss his research into Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in Chicago and the Midwest. Maranto was interviewed this past summer in a Patch documentary about the Tinley Park Lights.

2 p.m. - Tony Szabekski - ghost tour guide, historian and paranormal investigator will tell the backstories of Chicago ghosts.

3 p.m. - Wisconsin-based Barnaby Jones discusses cryptozoology – the study of animals not yet identified – particularly Big Foot, the purported ape-like creatures said to inhabit the forests of North America. Over the years, people have reported seeing the Sasquatch near Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery and Rubio Woods in Bremen Township.

Video: Have UFOs been spotted in Wisconsin? (WISN Milwaukee)


4 p.m. - Paranormal investigator and author Jack Chavez, and also the conference organizer, will discuss crawler sightings in the Midwest, described by witnesses as tall, hairless, pale, emaciated-looking creators crawling about in the woods or the edges of cemeteries. Chavez is currently interviewing witnesses about their encounters with the phenomenon for a book. Often seen in rural areas, Chavez will discuss his personal sighting of a crawler in Logan Square, the only documented sighting in an urban area.

5 p.m. - Dan Guzman, an empath who claims he can detect impressions and feel the presence of the departed.

Podcasters Dan and Rebecca will be doing a live broadcast of their show “Ghostly,” a biweekly podcast that explores dark stories and lets listeners decide if it's real or an urban legend, starting at 3 p.m.

The conference will offer plenty of opportunities for shopping at 40 vendors, who’ll be selling a variety of oddities and wares, such as spiritually infused gems and crystals, bones, strange art and more. A variety of psychics and mediums, including palm readers, tea-leaf readers, and Tarot, will be doing readings throughout the conference.

The event is created by author and paranormal investigator Jack Chavez, who wanted to help small businesses and startups in the metaphysical and paranormal field. A South Side guy in his early 30s, Chavez said he was always drawn to serial killers and missing person cases since he was a kid, which eventually parlayed into the paranormal.

“Many people view the paranormal as something evil or frightening. There is certainly that element, but there is often a spiritual side,” Chavez said. “I see it as a scientific endeavor. We’re trying to understand the world and get a grasp up on it, so we can figure out who were are in the grand scheme of things.”

Visit Chicago Paranormal Conference on Facebook for more information.


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