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Visit Graceland Cemetery in Chicago


Known as the Cemetery of Architects, Graceland Cemetery in Chicago has been a private cemetery since the 1860s.

Graceland has a park feel as you wander through the beautiful landscaped grounds and around the lake on the property. The 1888 arts and craft style chapel doesn't seem out of place in this view. The Cemetery is open to all to visit, and its architectural masterpieces, local history and beauty are the magnets that attract people to Graceland. While architects from the traditional to the father of skyscrapers and modern masters take center stage, you’ll find that Graceland also holds fascinating stories of private eyes and public figures, baseball and boxing greats, merchants and inventors and other unique individuals.800px-Graceland_Cemetery

From Jack Johnson to Marshall Fields and George Pullman - the cemetery is the everlasting home to many men of various professions. But what Graceland Cemetery is known for is the monuments and memorials marking the resting place of Chicago's most well known feature - architecture. Famous Chicago architects, hoteliers, and lumber merchants are buried here.

Getting There

To get here From I-94, the cemetery is east on Irving Park Road 3.5 miles to the entrance at N. Clark St. From Lake Shore Drive, the cemetery is west on Irving Park Road 1.25 miles to the entrance at N. Clark St.


About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: September 26th, 2021
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