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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), the tangled history of the eerie "Statue of Death," and an unmarked Revolutionary War widow to the first female American spy, Charles Dickens' no-good brother, and many of the city's early movers and shakers. Many of the masterful gravestones were designed by the city's greatest architects.

Join author, historian, and tour guide Adam Selzer of Mysterious 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 for over a century. Don't leave your curiosity unquenched! 

DETAILS

  • The event will run rain, shine, or snow.
  • We'll be meeting 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.
  • The tour is approximately 2 miles.
  • This tour is family friendly but parents have to keep an eye on their kids.
  • The event has limited ADA access. Pavement will be available, but we might also be walking off the path in the grass and through small woods.
  • Wear your walking shoes and bring your cameras!
  • Street parking is available on Clark and Irving Park Rd. Parking is not permitted inside the cemetery.
  • This ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.

About Field Agent Adam Selzer

Adam Selzer is the author of several Chicago history books, including the upcoming Mysterious Chicago: History at its Coolest, and Just Kill Me, a recent novel about a ghost tour guide who makes places more haunted by killing people there. Over the years he's run ghost tours, riverboat architecture tours, grave robbing tours, and more, and has practically lived in the newspaper archives. Ask him about the 1893 article about a woman dressed in mourning who asked a guy to come into Graceland with her to "comfort" her, then robbed him. 

Questions?

Email adam.selzer@gmail.com.

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Advance ticket sales only. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.