Friday, January 01, 2016

A trip to Graceland Cemetery in Chicago with Susie, Marie and Philippe

To remind you of what summer looks like, here's my trip note from a visit to Graceland Cemetery in Chicago back in August of 2015 with our Parisan friends Marie and Philippe. 

Located on the north side of Chicago between Clark Street and Irving Park Road, Graceland Cemetery is one of America's finest garden cemeteries.

Created in 1860 on 80 acres of land in what was then Lake View, Illinois, two miles outside the city of Chicago, it now encompasses 119 acres of winding streets, lush gardens and incredible monuments to some of the city's most illustrious individuals: Cyrus McCormick, Martin Ryerson, Potter Palmer, George Pullman, Alan Pinkerton, architects Louis Sullivan and Daniel Burnham (the latter entombed on his own island in the cemetery), William Kimball (of piano fame), and Philip Armour (meatpacker extraordinaire) are just a few of the fantastic stories that quietly bide their time waiting for you to visit.

The one entrance is right at the corner of Clark Street and Irving Park Road. Signage in the cemetery is virtually non-existent and what "street" signs do exist are confusingly laid out. I suggest stopping at the office for a guide map or downloading a copy of the handy map and brochure that at least identifies the location of the major monuments.
Dexter Graves
Azarian Palmer

Allan Pinkerton

Timothy Webster

Kate Warne, first female detective in the United States

Pinkerton Employee Memorial



Peter Schoenhofen

Martin Ryerson

George Pullman

William Kimball

Louis Sullivan

Goodman family

Potter Palmer

Edith Rockefeller McCormick


bridge to Burnham Island

Philippe, Susan and Marie



Potter Palmer from across the lake

Burnham Island


Potter Palmer

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Bruce Goff

Goodman family from across the lake

Ruth Page

Cyrus McCormick family

Marshall Field family


Gloor family


Inez Clarke

Wheeler family

Jones family

Brainerd famly

Emily Sleight Brainerd

Daniel Brainerd

Sanger family

John B. Dickey

Mary Avery



Victor Lawson


Mosset family

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