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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 stories hidden in this historic cemetery, 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”—not to mention an unmarked Revolutionary War widow, the first female American spy, a victim of Jesse James, numerous architects, and many of the city's early movers and shakers. Some of the masterful gravestones were designed by the city's greatest architects.

Adam Selzer is the author of Mysterious Chicago, H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil, and several other books. In addition to writing, he's hosts the Cemetery Mixtape podcast and has been a tour guide in Chicago and New York for more then a decade.

Join Adam and Atlas Obscura Society Chicago for an informative, engaging, and entertaining tour of Graceland's remarkable artwork and endlessly fascinating stories, some of which have been buried in dusty newspaper archives and probate files for over a century.  


  • 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.Street parking is available on Clark and Irving Park Rd.  There is limited parking inside the cemetery, as well. Alternatively, you can take the #22 Clark Bus to the cemetery entrance.
  • 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 will be 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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