When it comes to urban legends, Illinois has its fair share, but these 10 bizarre ones really weird us out.

What's the Difference Between an Urban Legend and a Haunted Story?

For those that don't know, there is a major difference between what qualifies as an urban legend, and what qualifies as a haunted story. Truthfully, it all boils down to proof.

While many urban legends do involve ghosts and haunted spirits, what they usually don't include is photographic, historical, or personal proof. Urban legends are typically weird tales spread by word of mouth that lack any concrete evidence.

Famous Urban Legends from Rockford, IL

Before we get to some of the most bizarre urban legends from Illinois, let's talk about two legends that are widely talked about in the Rockford area.

1. Rockford's 'Little Girl Lost'


Legends say a little girl around 6-8 years old with long, light brown hair and wearing a dress with stockings and boots have been roaming the streets of Rockford for over 100 years. It is said she can be spotted the most around Samuelson Rd. and 6th Street skipping along the street picking wildflowers.

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2. The Ghost of Kennedy Hill Road


(This tale used to really weird me out when I was younger, because I spent a lot of time at a barn that was on Kennedy Hill Road.) The legend says a ghostly woman has often been spotted at night walking along Kennedy Hill Road going towards Byron. Some accounts say the woman is only wearing underwear, while others say she is in a white gown...either way, it creeps me out.

10 of Illinois' Weirdest Urban Legends

An article from Best Things Illinois listed these 10 urban legends are the best/creepiest ones that Illinois has to offer, and now I'm wondering how many of them you have heard about before...

10 Urban Legends From Illinois That Will Send Chills Down Your Spine

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Ummm, can anyone explain why these toys are tethered to an abandoned motel south of Rockford???

Gallery Credit: Danny Willams via Facebook

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