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.
|Kate Warne, first female detective in the United States|
Pinkerton Employee Memorial
|Edith Rockefeller McCormick|
|bridge to Burnham Island|
|Philippe, Susan and Marie|
|Potter Palmer from across the lake|
|Ludwig Mies van der Rohe|
|Goodman family from across the lake|
|Cyrus McCormick family|
|Marshall Field family|
|Emily Sleight Brainerd|
|John B. Dickey|