Cemeteries in Chicago

Cemeteries in Chicago, IL

Chicago Cemeteries

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  • NapierAro
    napier485 contributions
    I enjoyed my time here very much. Took the L-line train and walked to the temporary entrance as there is a revitalisation programme in hand at the main entrance. Was initially a bit confused as I headed along the road as there's actually another cemetery on the left-hand side. The positive reviews are well deserved. I particularly enjoyed the family crypts. Beautiful trees and a lovely lake setting.
    Only complaint was that to get a free map, I had to somehow find my way to the Chapel. Why not have these at the entrance?
    No public toilets as far as I know.
    Written 9 November 2022
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  • muzique1960
    Woodridge, IL171 contributions
    This is an amazing cemetery full of history, to visit. Beautiful grounds which are maintained to be quite beautiful. The fireman's memorial, celebrating Chicago's volunteer fire fighters is quite stunning. And there is a large area at the front, with tomb stones and monuments to those who fought in the Civil War.
    Written 23 October 2021
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,015 contributions
    My wife and I have visited many famous cemeteries in our travels across the country. Most notable are Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC, Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia, and Graceland in Chicago. Perhaps most overlooked of all is Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago. Located at 1035 East 67th Street, on Chicago's South Side, in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, the large Victorian era cemetery was established in 1853, covers 183 acres and is the final resting place for several famous Americans. The first burials took place in 1860. After the Civil War, more than 4,000 Confederate soldiers who had died as prisoners at Camp Douglas were reburied there. The cemetery contains the graves of many prominent African Americans, including Chicago's first African American mayor, Harold Washington, journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, Olympic track and field gold medal winner Jesse Owens, high school basketball star Ben Wilson and composer Thomas A. Dorsey, hailed as the "Father of Gospel Music." Other notable Americans buried at Oak Woods include Hall of Fame baseball player Cap Anson, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, Nobel Prize winning nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi, football star and journalist Walter Eckersall, publishers and business magnate John and Eunice Johnson and baseball owner Bill Veeck.
    Written 26 March 2019
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  • howard p M
    Chicago, IL82 contributions
    There are some very well executed grave markers and memorials in this cemetery. One of a must-see in Chicago.
    Written 30 July 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,015 contributions
    My wife and I live only a block from the Chicago History Museum so we have walked past the Couch Mausoleum countless times over the past 36 years and, like many other curious observers, have wondered about its mysteries. Located on the north lawn of the Chicago History Museum and south of North LaSalle Drive, at the axis with North Stockton Drive, it is the last above-ground reminder of Lincoln Park's earlier history as a public cemetery. Even today, it is shrouded in mystery. What is certain is the tomb was commissioned in the mid-1800s by Ira Couch, a wealthy businessman, who died in 1857. However, when the cemetery became part of Lincoln Park in 1869 and other families moved remains of their relatives to other cemeteries in the city, the Couch Mausoleum remained in place. Apparently, the enormous 50-ton marble structure that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was too expansive and too big to move. But who is buried in Couch's Tomb? Some argue Ira Couch is the only occupant. Others claim from six to 13 family members are buried within. One historian insists Ira Couch is buried in his family's plot in Chicago's Rosehill Cemetery. No one knows for sure. Meanwhile, Couch's Mausoleum isn't going anywhere, In 1999, a gift of $100,000 was donated to tuck-point the tomb's masonry, recreate its original ornamental fencing and install lighting for nighttime illumination.
    Written 2 June 2019
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,015 contributions
    There are many reasons to visit historic Graceland Cemetery at 4001 North Clark Street in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. It is the burial site of many notable Chicagoans and it features several mausoleums and burial sites that are masterpieces of architecture and landscape. One is the Potter Palmer and Bertha Honore Palmer Memorial. Erected in 1921, it is a monument to two of the giants of Chicago development and high society. Potter Palmer (1826-1902) was a business tycoon and real estate developer who built State Street and the Palmer House Hotel. Bertha Honore Palmer (1850-1918) was considered the queen of Chicago high society and patron of impressionist artists. They lived in a Gothic Castle at 1350 North Lake Shore Drive, once the largest private residence in Chicago. Today, they lie within the two large granite sarcophagi of the massive memorial structure, which is embellished with flowery garlands and inverted torches symbolizing death. Designed by architects McKim, Mead and White, it is built in the style of a Greek temple, the largest and most significant tomb in Graceland Cemetery. Sixteen massive ionic columns ring the structure and a line of antifixes stand at attention along the roofline. Three generations of the Palmers' descendants lie beneath the floor around time. The tomb was Palmer's way of displaying his wealth in a big way. How wealthy was Potter Palmer? When his hotel was destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, he borrowed $2 million from an insurance company, the largest amount lent to a private individual up to that time, and rebuilt State Street and the Palmer House Hotel and turned swampland into North Lake Shore Drive.
    Written 2 October 2020
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,015 contributions
    It is difficult to understand why the Carrie Eliza Tomb in Chicago's historic Graceland Cemetery isn't listed on TripAdvisor's website. Built in 1890, it was designed by the noted American architect Louis Sullivan. Today, it is widely recognized as one of the most photographed tombs in the United States and the most significant piece of architecture in Graceland Cemetery. It was declared a Chicago Landmark in 1971 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The tomb was commissioned by lumber baron Henry Harrison Getty for his wife, Carrie Eliza Getty. When approaching the tomb, which stands on its own triangular plot of land, the obvious focus is the ornate doorway, which features an intricately ornamented bronze gate and door and a board semi-circular archway. The tomb is composed of limestone masonry construction. A cube in shape, the bottom half of the tomb is composed of large, smooth limestone blocks while the upper half is composed of a rectangular pattern of octagons, each containing an eight-pointed starburst design. The cornice is banded with smooth limestone above intricate spiraling patterns below. There are many architectural masterpieces in Graceland, including the Potter Palmer Memorial, but there is nothing to match the one-and-only Getty Tomb.
    Written 2 October 2020
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,015 contributions
    There are many celebrated Chicagoans who are buried in historic Graceland Cemetery at 4001 North Clark Street, at Irving Park Road, in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, north of Wrigley Field. Without a doubt, however, the gravesite of noted architect and city planner Daniel Burnham is located in the most beautiful setting in the cemetery. Burnham and his family are buried under natural glacial granite boulders on a small island near the north end of Lake Willomere, reachable by a permanent footbridge. Burnham (1846-1912), recognized as the "Father of City Planning," directed the World's Columbian Exposition in 1892 and 1893, designed famous buildings in New York City, Washington DC and Chicago, built Wacker Drive and lakefront parks in Chicago and, at the time of death, headed the largest architectural firm in the world, the model for global architectural businesses. When you tour Graceland, you will be impressed by Potter Palmer's Memorial, Martin Ryerson's Mausoleum, Louis Sullivan's Getty Mausoleum and Lorado Taft's Statue of Death sculpture. And you will undoubtedly seek out the gravesites of Marshall Field, Cyrus McCormick, Joseph Medill, boxing champion Jack Johnson, meatpacking magnate Phillip Armour and baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. But you will dwell for more than a few minutes at Daniel Burnham's burial site.
    Written 2 October 2020
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