The car wash that is famous for its infamous Halloween carwash may soon be changing its name.
The new name is the Haunted Car Wash and the new owners say they’re hoping to open the place in October.
The Haunted Car Shops at 3333 West Park Boulevard, in Chicago, has been around since the 1960s and has served as a Halloween destination since 1976.
It opened in 2014, and its location is currently in a vacant lot across from a parking lot on the other side of the Chicago River.
The name is a reference to the ghostly image that haunted the place for a number of years.
There were multiple ghost sightings and an alleged murder at the location over the years, according to the website of the City of Chicago.
The owners of the Haunted Cars in Chicago are not letting up, either.
The cars are still there and the owners have plans to reopen the place this fall.
“It’s been around a long time,” said Chris Fitch, owner of the place.
“We just wanted to keep the tradition going.”
Fitch says that the car wash started as a small business and now has more than 500 cars on its lot.
“That’s not an easy thing to do, but we have the patience to do it and we are not afraid to do so,” he said.
The owner of 3333 W. Park Boulevard is trying to change its name to the Haunted Washing Company.
But the city is not going to allow that.
“This is not something that is going to be tolerated,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.
“I don’t think that’s going to happen, but it is our obligation to the residents of Chicago.”
Fitts hopes to open up the Haunted car wash and its car wash on October 27.
The carwash’s new name could be the first time the city has ever officially renamed a car wash after a ghostly figure.
The Chicago Tribune reported that city officials told Fitch that the city was not going forward with a formal name change.
The city did issue a statement to the Tribune that said the name change is not intended to offend anyone, but is meant to reflect the unique atmosphere and feel of the hauntings.
“The Haunted Car Works is proud to honor the spirit of the old hauntings by reopening the car Wash in October,” the statement read.
“Our intention is to bring back a very special and historic experience for all Chicagoans and visitors alike.”
But, in a city where the carwash is often a destination for kids, Fitch said the move would not be as well received by people who frequent the car shops.
“If you are going to put a name on something that’s been going on for decades, and people have been doing it for decades and it just has a new name, that’s fine, but I think it’s just going to give the car shop an awful lot of grief,” he explained.
The company will continue to be open to customers who want to use the car wagons, but he said that the old name should not be repeated.
The location is in a former parking lot.
Fitch did not want to talk about the future of the car-wash, but said that he hoped the company could continue to operate as a carwash in the future.
“But we’ve done it for 25 years and I’m sure they’ll see the benefit of it, so we’re just going forward and hoping to get it back,” he told the Tribune.
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