Third Ward Ghost Walk

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"Do you want to have some real fun?" With those words, the wildly eccentric Clair Richardson founded the Skylight Music Theatre. While Clair died in 1981, many say he never left. In fact, his human remains still reside in the building and have even taken part in two productions. To this day, his ghost is known to disrupt live performances if the perpetual spotlight, shining on his urn in the Cabot Theatre’s trap room, is allowed to go out. The stage manager checks that the bulb is burning before each and every show.

The tour route is wheelchair-accessible, just let us know if you plan on using one, so we can adjust the route appropriately for your comfort.

The Third Ward, dubbed “The Bloody Third” in 1846, is a charming arts district today but conceals a violent gangster past. Once home to Milwaukee’s mafia operations and, before that, Irish gangsters, known as the Third Ward Cowboys, its streets have been touched by tragedy and the paranormal.

Expect to learn more about paranormal happenings and ghost sightings at the Skylight Opera Theatre, the Italian Community Center, and MIAD, as well as many other lesser-known locations. Ghosts stories with Third Ward connections including supernatural encounters at the Hilton Garden Inn and the Pfister Hotel. See the Itinerary section below for a sample of the stops.

2023 Dates & Times

April 22, 29; May 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27; June 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30; July 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29; August 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26; September 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30; October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28


The duration of our tours is 1.5-2 hours depending on the engagement of each group. Please allow for 2 hours since our guides take pride in what they do and can sometimes provide updates and extra juicy details when guests ask questions.

This tour runs in cold temperatures and light rain, so please dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes.

Cost & Discounts

From $25 per person

OPEN Today

June 3, 2023


Tours depart from St. Paul Ave. and Water St. in front of the Milwaukee Public Market
400 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Milwaukee County

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March 19, 2023, 12:33 p.m.

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