The Tour Guides
Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, I felt right at home in an establishment that was once owned by the notorious Capone brothers.
Having an avid interest in all things paranormal as well as 20th Century Midwestern history, Shakers almost seemed too perfect a marriage for my passions and I was excited to come on board as a Tour Guide and Host.
Yes, I’ve experienced my fair share of odd occurrences, unexplainable interactions and baffling situations within the walls of 422 S 2nd Street, and like I so commonly reiterate to visitors when they inquire about such, “What we are accustomed to as 'normal' at Shakers is a far cry from what most people would. Our barometer for ‘odd’ starts in a completely different place.”
I am a guide for Ghost Tours (Historic and 2.0) as well as the
Cream City Cannibal (Jeffery Dahmer) Tours. If I'm not giving a tour, I will be at the Host Stand and more than happy to match you up with the perfect cigar to compliment your evening.
The wicked, mysterious, and unexplainable has always intrigued me, and until my first tour in October of 2021, I had remained ignorant to the spiritual elements that make Shakers a one-of-a-kind taste of something extraordinary.
I had been drawn to this building for years due to the vibrant and historic personality it upholds, but I knew I wanted to be a part of the experience when I first learned of the many resident spirits and their stories. I had been very excited to work as a tour guide in early 2022 so I could maintain reverence for said timeless stories.
Since I began, I have had endless tales that I will happily share with our guests that may spook or intrigue the most superstitious. As a current Sociology major- learning about different ways to connect with those energies via diving rods, tarot, pendulums, connecting with ancestors, paganism, Santeria and various protections excites me to no end!
In my free time, I rock climb, hike and write poetry to maintain the "carpe diem" mindset. I give the classic and 2.0 ghost tours as well as our cream city cannibal walking tours- no matter what it may be, there is a myriad of enjoyable aspects about each tour, as well as our overall atmosphere. If you see me around, please feel free to tell me your own tales and spooks.
I was drawn to Shakers after my first tour in early 2021. Coming to Shakers to hear of the history of the building as well as the stories of those who never left has intrigued me beyond explanation. Once I heard of open positions, I applied immediately.
I consider myself to be more aware to the spiritual side. Throughout my years, I have many stories of my own paranormal experiences. Some of which, are terrifying to many. Still, I enjoy connecting with spirits and hearing others’ experiences. I watch many different paranormal documentaries which only feeds into my need to know.
I am a Milwaukee native with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. I have a full-time role outside of Shakers and have two amazing children that take up most of my “free” time. I enjoy spending time with my children and pets, painting, nature hikes,
volunteering in the community, reading, and listening to music; especially live.
If you see me in Shakers, please share your stories with me. I will always want to hear them.
My name is Alexi! I grew up in Los Angeles, California, and finished high school in West Bend, Wisconsin. After that, I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Then I moved in with family in Athens, Greece where I did my master's degree at the University of Piraeus. I moved to Dublin, Ireland where I trained MMA at Connor McGreggors gym. I recently moved back to the USA and I got a puppy!
I promise you will have a wonderful guided experience with me! Looking forward to it!
I am an artist who thrives on exploring the ethereal that lies beyond our five senses, with a particular fascination for the enigmatic world of paranormal encounters.
Originally hailing from Pittsburgh, my journey has taken me from Chicago to Philadelphia and eventually led me to settle in the spirited city of Milwaukee. Along the way, I have been fortunate to participate in artist residencies in Iceland, Ireland, Maryland, and even at the iconic Pfister Hotel right here in Milwaukee.
The union of history and mystery at Shakers compelled me to embrace the opportunity to become a tour guide. Join me as we explore these secrets together.
A native of a small town in east central Wisconsin, I have been a passionate lifelong learner. After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Research Administration, I went back to school 10 years later to obtain my Master of Science degree in Management and Organizational Behavior. But learning wasn’t confined to formal institutions only. In 2010, I joined the Milwaukee Art Museum’s docent training program having “caught the bug” while managing the day-to-day operations of the William F. Eisner Museum of Advertising and Design as it transitioned from academically owned to privately owned where I was responsible for not only the day-to-day operations but also the training of the docent community on current exhibitions.
While a member of MAM’s education program, I was part of an elite team of docents tasked with learning the featured exhibitions so I could lead tours for the museum’s members the day before the exhibitions opened to the public. Since those hectic, yet wonderfully rewarding days, I became a member of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s docent corps giving tours on a wide range of artists, both local and international that are practicing today. Several years later, I trained at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Burnham Block where for 2 years, I also served as the docent and private tour coordinator. Most recently, I became a tour guide at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee and am training to give estate tours at Ten Chimneys, the summer retreat of Broadway stars Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.
Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and while I have successfully beat the disease, the experiences I have had while I was in treatment have led me to believe there is something else besides this world that we inhabit. I have had encounters with Archangel Raphael and his cherubs who helped me on many occasions when my chemo treatments were particularly challenging for me. Most recently, I was told that I have had several previous lives and in checking my natal chart, apparently that number is 28! As I continue to grapple with my beliefs and how to live a life worthy of having been here two dozen plus times before, I know one thing for sure … being able to share with others my passion for knowledge and seeing the world through multiple lens is the greatest gift I have been given.
Having grown up in old houses that were brimming with paranormal activity, I have always been drawn to buildings that have a permanent resident or two - or in the case of Shakers, far more than that.
I love learning the history of buildings and diving into the depths of stories over one hundred years old, that the foundations and walls have experienced that we can only imagine as patrons. There is something so interesting about how much life a building can hold onto, whether it's something that you can see in the wear and tear of the floorboards, or if it's simply a feeling of the past creeping up on you.
I have a deep passion for not only telling the stories of the past, but also experiencing the footprint of the past and interacting with those long gone who have decided that they are not yet ready to leave.
I have a bachelor's of theatre arts from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and am currently living in Milwaukee to pursue a career in acting and stage management. I would someday like to become an old lady who knows strange remedies for things because of my knowledge of plants and herbology.
As a passionate set decorator in the film industry, I was naturally attracted to Shakers for its beautiful aesthetic - but finding out about the history and resident spirits made me want to join the team.
I am from Cape Town, South Africa. My family are often described as being stranger than the Adams Family. My grandfather was a collector and creator of weird and wonderful creatures and oddities and was referred to as the 'white witch doctor' by the local African community. He brought about a keen interest in all things weird for the entire family, and all the stories of strange happenings from all my psychic and spiritually aware family members have been a fascinating part of my upbringing.
Kaleigh is a jack-of-all-trades Shakerette with a spiritual nature and sharp intuition. Kaleigh works at a Tour Guide, Server, and our House Tarot Card Reader on the weekends. Kaleigh offers discounted readings when you book a tour!
Elizabeth loves to entertain and tell stories. So when she saw the opening for a tour guide at Shakers, it seemed like a great fit. She had no idea what she was in for. From the first time she walked into the cellar, Elizabeth knew she was somewhere special and is excited to share that experience with all her tour guests.
When not giving tours at Shakers, Elizabeth can be found at Wisconsin State Fair Park, where she works year-round with non-fair events as part of the Event Services Team, or on stage at one of the many local theaters she works with.
When Bobby was a little bitty baby, the spirits came to him... surrounded by a maternal grandmother who was well versed in Greek mysticism and psychic ability. Bob's first solo spiritual encounter took place when he was 4 and his maternal grandfather had passed of a major heart attack while shoveling snow. Young Bob saw his beloved grandfather blue in the face while waiting for the rescue squad to arrive. That night, he awoke to use the restroom and, on his way, he saw the image of his grandfather sitting at the kitchen table. Spellbound, he watched for a moment, as the image, shrouded in a neon green electric current, waved him over to him. Bob went to stand next to his dead grandfather's Ghost for a moment, until his grandfather waved him to the bathroom.
Bob has had multiple experiences with dead relatives and associates. He has always had a connection with spirits who have passed on.
Whether in Europe, at home, in South America or Central America, he has been able to discern changes in energy and has had many encounters with spirits. Bob has an extensive background in academia and the humanities and has also studied Santeria in Cuba as well as other pagan religions in the Caribbean.
Bob had a post-death experience when he had a major myocardial infarction and was able to look down upon the cardiac surgeons working to save his life and had passed through a tunnel of light. He has had intense personal experiences where he was able to astro-project with former lovers and is plagued by regular dreams of future events, and he often sees dead people.
Bob frequently says that the building housing Shakers found him, more than he was looking for it. Enjoy his tales of his experiences if you are fortunate to have him as a guide. His Ghost Tours are beyond comparison.
Bob Weiss is the longtime owner of Shakers Cigar Bar in Milwaukee, considered to be one of the most haunted Bars in America and the founder of Hangman Tours, which has operated Historic & Ghost Tours since 1986, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Savannah, Georgia.
Bob is considered to be skilled as a "Sensitive" and paranormal investigator. Myriad documentaries featuring Shakers & Hangman Tours, including their premiere product, "The Cream City Cannibal Tour", have been featured on Netflix, A&E, Discovery, Travel Channel, SyFy Channel, along with the BBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, PBS, RTL, LADBible, Le journal de France 2, Dark Tourist and to name as well as Shakers having been a location for the Warner Brothers period piece Film, "Dillinger". Mr. Weiss has been a co-host of the "Dr. Destruction Area 1051" Radio show since 2019 on WLIP and is the Producer and Host of the Shakers Milwaukee YouTube Channel's "Ghost Tales" and "Cookin' with Blondes" and appears on many podcasts and news stories regarding Serial Killers and the paranormal.
As of 2023, Bob is also a founding partner in the CIty of Angels Dark Tours in the Los Angeles South Bar area with
criminologist Laura Brand, where they feature True Crime Serial Killer Tours.
As a kid, I probably played the Ouija board and watched Forensic Files a little too frequently for someone my age. As an adult, I still have that unquenchable thirst for knowledge - especially that concerning the unknown and the abnormal. As an English Major/Psych minor, the combination of researching, writing about, and dissecting topics concerning the twisted and the paranormal is right up my alley.
Being the research assistant , marketing manager & tour guide for Hangman Tours, I'm given the opportunity to peel back some of the layers of the dark and the strange associated with this business, as well as inform, learn and experience a side of the spiritual world that I had never gotten to explore to this depth before.
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