Obscura Day 2015: The Grounds of Graceland Cemetery - Atlas Obscura

Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Day 2015: The Grounds of Graceland Cemetery

Stroll amongst the dead and the artwork that commemorates their passing.

The most lavish of Chicago's many cemeteries, Graceland is home to the city's rich and famous dead.

Established in the 1860's outside the city limits, the cemetery gained prominence as the city grew around it. It is the final resting place of the men and women who built "the city of big shoulders" during the 19th century, and as many of them were architects, their monuments reflect their contribution to the world's skylines.

The park itself represents Queen Victoria's idea that graveyards should be converted to public parks, and today, Graceland's winding paths and water features offer one of Chicago's most peaceful spots for contemplation and remembrance. 

During our walking tour, you'll stroll past the mausolea and graves of architects, politicians, famous athletes, tragic victims and hear more than a few unexpected stories. 


  • Food and beverages are not allowed in the cemetery.
  • Stone rubbings are prohibited.
  • Photographs are allowed, but cameras must be hand held.


Saturday, May 30, 2015
Parking is available on Clark St. 

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