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2023 Midwest Paranormal Conference & VIP Ghost Hunt

July 8, 2023 - 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

2023 Midwest Paranormal Conference & VIP Ghost Hunt

Pop Up Paracon 2023 Midwest Paranormal Conference & VIP Ghost Hunt 9pm-12am

Join us as the amazing world of paranormal phenomena descends upon Woodstock for the Midwest’s first Pop Up Paranormal Conference! All-day event with professional presentations and vendors!

Investigators, authors, and researchers in the field of the paranormal and the unexplained come together under one roof, to share their knowledge, evidence and research involving Ghosts, Hauntings, Miracles, Near Death Experiences, UFOs, The Chicago Mothman, and more – for the first time at Woodstocks Historic Opera House!

Topics being presented by 5 different speakers;

Haunted Chicago, Al Capone & Woodstock, IL

How haunted is Chicago and why is there such a fascination with Al Capone’s Ghost?

Join Amelia Cotter for an exploration of some of Chicago’s most haunted places. Amelia will share her personal paranormal experiences from around the city of Chicago and beyond, and chat a bit about the history and mysteries of the beautiful town of Woodstock, Illinois (Presentation will include photos)

Amelia Cotter is an author, poet, and storyteller with a special interest in the supernatural, history, and folklore. Her books include Where the Party Never Ended: Ghosts of the Old Baraboo Inn, This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost, Maryland Ghosts: Paranormal Encounters in the Free State, the children’s book Breakfast with Bigfoot, and the poetry collection apparitions. Amelia is also a frequent contributor to Haunted Magazine, The Feminine Macabre, and Troy Taylor’s The Morbid Curious. She has appeared on various radio and television programs, including Travel Channel’s Hometown Horror, and in the documentaries Scary Stories and Tinker’s Shadow: The Hidden History of Tinker Swiss Cottage. Amelia also appeared as a regular cast member on Really Channel’s The R.I.P. Files.

UFOS in Chicago and The Mothman Sightings

What remains after years of multiple in-depth analysis, dedicated field investigative work on some of the most puzzling events ranging from multiple UFO mass sighting to winged Humanoids? Are we dealing with genuine phenomenon…nonsense, maybe something more unusual than we could have ever imagined?

Speaker Sam Maranto is a Media Consultant, MUFON Field Investigator for 23 years and State Director for Illinois. As Investigative Researcher he best known for his work on the Tinley Park UFO Mass Sightings of 2004, the O’Hare Gate C17 UAP incident of 2006, and others. These Mass UFO Sightings have been featured in several television programs such as the History Channel’s UFO Hunters episodes “Invasion Illinois & Aliens at the Airport”, Dateline MNBC’s “10 Best UFO Encounters” and many more. Two other noted investigations were “The Lake Cook Car Incident of 2008” and the “Chicago Mothman Saga of 2011 to present.” Each were featured in various TV shows, documentaries, publications, and various media platforms. Sam has always made it a point to emphasize the fact that genuine phenomena does exist, yet each individual account needs to be evaluated on its own merit. (Presentation includes actual case videos and photos)

Doctors and the Unexplained

Doctors work in life-and-death situations every day. But what happens when they encounter something even they can’t explain scientifically?

Dr. Scott Kolbaba interviewed practicing doctors who recount the most unusual moments of their careers and chronicled these accounts in #1 Amazon bestselling book, Physicians’ Untold Stories, now internationally published. Meant to awe, instruct, and inspire, his talk will convince even the harshest skeptic that there are things beyond this physical world and that sometimes, all we need to do is believe.

Scott J. Kolbaba, MD will also give a glimpse into the lives of doctors that few get to experience. Learn their agonies and joys. In their own words, doctors reach out to you and show you how the miraculous has shaped their lives. Even in the darkest of times, as they comfort terminally ill patients and make impossible choices, moments of light shine through.

Kolbaba has become a motivational speaker to thousands around the country with personal appearances, podcasts and media interviews.

(Presentation will include photos and video)

Scott J. Kolbaba, MD, is a doctor of internal medicine in Wheaton, Illinois. After being awarded a degree in economics from Cornell College and serving with the Marine Corps Reserves, he completed his medical degree at the University of Illinois and graduated with honors. Kolbaba interned with Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center and completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and has appeared multiple times as Top Doctor in Chicago Magazine.

Ghosts and the Evidence for Life after death

What are ghosts, what is the best proof of their existence and how can we connect with a loved one, once they are gone?

Local Chris Fleming has been experiencing paranormal phenomena for over 50 years. He will be speaking about his haunted childhood home in Hoffman Estates, IL and the important, and often overlooked details he has learned about ghosts, apparitions, and consciousness in America and overseas. He will share the communication he had with his father after his death and present some amazing evidence and personal encounters when he was investigating in England and Scotland. (Presentation will include artwork, photos, evps of actual ghosts, and video)

Chris Fleming is a paranormal investigator, spiritual medium and counselor in private practice, a fine artist, and best known as a TV presenter and producer for 23 years on many paranormal TV shows, including Bio Channels Dead Famous, Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, A&E’s Psychic Kids, Travel Channels Ghost Adventures, Discovery Channels Haunted Scotland, HELP! My house is Haunted, Portals to Hell, Curse of Lizzy Borden, Shock Doc, and the upcoming new Discovery+ series Haunted Ireland.

Final Presentation Will be Announced by June 1st

This Para Conference General Admission Includes:

Access to conference from 10am-7pm
Access to all Vendors tables 10am-6pm.
General seating for all 5 different Speaker presentations on different topics beginning at 11am and finishing at 7pm. *Final speaker schedule will be posted in June. Speakers will have books and materials for purchase available at their table and after presentation.
Opportunity to meet all the speakers and share conversations with fellow paranormal investigators, ghost groups, psychics, researchers, writers and fans.
A green room will be available for purchasing drinks, snacks, lunches and sharing conversations.
After hours VIP Ghost Hunt with Chris Fleming will take place from 8:45PM-12am. This is a special ticket event with a limit of 30 passes available. Please note:

The Speaker auditorium is located on the second story and accessible by stairs and elevator
Balcony level seating is on the third story and accessible ONLY by stairs
Vendors Rooms are on first floor
All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
No Outside Food or Drink Permitted in the Theater. Items will be available for purchase.
All patrons regardless of age, must have a general admission ticket or VIP Pass to be admitted.
For information and availability to reserve a Vendor table, please contact Chris Fleming at with Subject: Vendor Table
This Event is Presented by Paranormal Access Events in association with Woodstock Opera House

General Admission for Paracon Access 10am-7pm
Adults $30 / 17 & under $10
(Only 270 tickets for general admission available, includes all speakers and vendor rooms. Reserve your ticket as we expect this event to sell out. GA Does not include VIP ghost hunt. )

VIP All Access – SOLD OUT

Event Location:
121 West Van Buren Street
Woodstock, Illinois 60098

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