Type: Historic Sites, Sightseeing
Historic Sites: Chicago claims one of the country's legendary Victorian graveyards. Many of Graceland's tombs are artistically and architecturally renowned and embrace the remains of more than a few famous Chicago characters including Marshall Field, George Pullman, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Potter and Bertha Palmer (who had her chef invent the brownie at the Palmer House). These dead would be grateful to know that visitors regularly stroll the grounds to identify famous gravesites including public figures, baseball and boxing greats, merchants and inventors. The grounds were designed in 1861 by prominent landscape architect H.W.S. Cleveland who aimed to create a park-like ambiance. Another landscape architect, Ossian Simonds, added native plants to create the cemetery's pastoral landscape, making the "Cemetery of Architects" one of the most beautiful places in Chicago to visit.
Sightseeing: Cemetery hours don't allow guests to verify whether a green-eyed ghoul really howls at the moon. The story of the statue of six-year old Inez Clark disappearing during storms also remains a legend, but a walk through the historical 1860 graveyard during the day is still a worthwhile experience. Inexpensive maps and guides are offered to help visitors identify famous gravesites including the father of skyscrapers and modern masters. The resting place is also home to many of the city's most popular public figures, baseball and boxing greats, merchants and inventors. The grounds were designed in 1861 by prominent landscape architect H.W.S. Cleveland with the intent to create a park-like ambiance. Another landscape architect, Ossian Simonds, added to the plan by using native plants to create the cemetery's pastoral landscape, making the "Cemetery of Architects" one of the most beautiful places in Chicago to visit.
4001 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613
Map / Directions
Historic Sites: "Stop at the office, near the historic entrance, for free, self-guided theme tours through Graceland Cemetery."
Best for Historic Sites Because: The cemetery has been an "Oasis of Art, Architecture, and Landscape Design since 1860."
Sightseeing: "As with a visit to almost any cemetery, pets are not allowed on the grounds."
Best for Sightseeing Because: Known as the "Cemetery of Architects," Graceland is the final resting place of some of Chicago's most famous public figures, including the father of skyscrapers.