Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour - Atlas Obscura

Chicago, Illinois

Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour

Explore both the celebrated and overlooked histories of Graceland Cemetery.

History is quite literally carved in stone at Graceland Cemetery—but many of the stories are buried deep.

Come learn the secrets hidden in this historic cemetery, where many masterful gravestones were designed by the city's greatest architects. Stories range from the lonesome death of Barton Edsall (buried the day of the Great Chicago Fire) to the tangled history of the eerie "Statue of Death"; and from the first female American spy to the unmarked grave of a Revolutionary War widow. Every walk offers a broad spectrum of history—if you know where to look.

About Adam Selzer

In late 2018, Graceland offered author and field agent Adam Selzer the chance to do a new "Who's Who" book on the cemetery, and he's spent the winter in the archives putting the book together. The author of over a dozen Chicago history books, his research has turned up some incredible new stories, and new information on famous ones, like the "Inez" statue.

Meeting Point

Meet Field Agent Adam Selzer inside the cemetery entrance, at the northeast corner of Clark St. and Irving Park Rd. A short talk will be given at the start, but the majority of the event will be a walking tour on the roads around the cemetery. There will be a small amount of off-path walking.

There is limited parking inside the cemetery. Street parking is available on Clark and Irving Park Rd.  or you can take the #22 Clark Bus to the cemetery entrance.


  • The 11am tour will be Adam Selzer's signature route, and the 1:30 tour will be an alternate route with only a tiny bit of overlap between the two. 
  • The event will run rain, shine, or snow.
  • The tour is approximately 2 miles.
  • This tour is family friendly, though we must insist that parents keep a close watch on their children.
  • The event has limited ADA access. Pavement is mostly available, but the tour might also stray off the beaten path to walk on the grass and through small woods.
  • Wear your walking shoes and bring your cameras!


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