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Haunted Place: Country House of Clarendon Hills
The Country House of Clarendon Hills
241 55th Street
Clarendon Hills, Illinois 60514
630) 325-1444 * Web-Site: The Country House
The Country House of Clarendon Hills can be found twenty miles west of Chicago.
Description and History
The Country House is a two story building, a roadhouse restaurant, built in 1922, the dream of Emil Kobel, who wanted to have a place where the locals could gather for friendly conversation, a bite to eat and a drink of their favorite beer, wine or beverage. The second floor was his family's home, while the first floor became a tavern and a small grocery store, a convenient place to buy basic food stuffs. Further inspired, Kobel created a picnic area on the land just east of his roadhouse, a beautiful little park where people could come together and have a meal on the picnic tables or the gazebos, under the shade of the tall pine trees, black walnut and oak trees.
In 1957, The Country House was sold to Richard Montanelli when Mr. Kobel retired. Richard Montanelli, a successful Chicago business man, bought the place for his mother, so she could have her own business, which worked out well for her, until her health began to fail. The Country House wasn't kept up to snuff, and became in need of sprucing up.
In 1974, The Country House was sold once again, bought by local residents, brothers David and Patrick Regnery, given a quick-fix clean up and kept open to rave reviews by college students in the summer of '74. In the fall, The Country House was closed for detailed renovation, which was badly needed, but reopened during the summer of 1975, with a new menu, but with the same philosophy; "To be a neighborhood roadhouse where friends can meet for good conversation, a cold drink and a gratifying meal."
The Country House is a very successful restaurant and bar, which is located on the first floor, with the offices and storage area located on the second floor. The brothers' menu item, the Country Burger, has won acclaim and notoriety for the restaurant. They have opened up two other restaurants in Lisle and Geneva.
HISTORY of Manifestations
During the late '50s, the bartender working at The Country House was having an affair with pretty blonde woman, in her late twenties, who was a frequent patron of the roadhouse. One evening, she came into the bar with her small daughter in tow, to visit with her lover, tending the bar customers. Unfortunately, they got into a fight, which greatly upset the young woman. She asked the bartender to watch her child for a little while. When he refused, she left with her child, and proceeded to kill herself by wrapping her car around a tree near the roadside. Luckily, her daughter survived!
The haunting of The Country House began during the major renovation projects being accomplished during the Fall of '74, through the Spring of '75, when The Country House was closed to the public.
A young, blonde female apparition likes to hang out in the bar, the storeroom, an upstairs room that was once a bedroom and occasionally plays pranks in the restaurant area.
1) The Bar...
A) In the bar area, when David was having a consultation meeting with a contractor, six independently operated shutters opened in the same moment, suddenly flooding the room with light.
B) The juke box has been known to turn itself on, in the middle of the night. A workman working on the men's bathroom late one night, heard the juke box turn on, and he went to the bar area to investigate. He saw a young, blonde woman, standing by the juke box. He was about to tell her that the bar was closed, when he noticed that there was nothing but air from the hem of her dress to the floor!
2) The Restaurant Area...
A) Patrons waiting for a table will hear their names called by a woman's voice, but when they go up to the hostess, it isn't their turn yet!
B) One hears footsteps walking through the restaurant's dining room, which aren't accountable to a living person.
3) Upstairs Area...
A) Footsteps are heard in the hallway and the rooms.
B) This blonde has been known to sit on the window sill inside one of the upstairs room windows, and beckons male customers from the street to come up and join her, which is rather cheeky behavior, even for an apparition!
Events experienced throughout the building... Could be her or perhaps she has company, another unseen resident?
1) Pounding on the walls.
2) Blocking the women's room from the living.
3) Phantom crying babies.
4) Pots and pans in the kitchen move about like they have a mind of their own.
5) In various parts and rooms of the building, the smell of fresh flowers permeates the air.
6) Footsteps have been heard in various parts of the building that can't be attributed to a living person.
After the first incident where the young blonde entity first let the brothers know she was with them, a well-known Chicago ghosthunter, Richard Crowe and two mediums were invited to investigate The Country House, by David and Patrick. The mediums reported that they felt the presence of a young, blonde, very pretty woman, who was looking for someone she had loved and lost. They also reported that she died of internal injuries.
As long as this entity behaves herself, she is welcome to hang around The Country House.
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by Ellen Roson & Dianne Halicki