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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. It's impossible not to look at the fabulous gravestones, some of which were designed by the city's greatest architects, and wonder who those people were. Author, historian and tour guide Adam Selzer of Mysterious Chicago gives informative, engaging, and often hilarious tours of the remarkable artwork and endlessly fascinating stories, some of which have been buried in dusty newspaper archives for over a century. 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. Don't leave those curiosity doors locked! 

Adventure Notes

The event will run rain or shine.

Is there an age limit for the tour? Nope, this tour is family friendly but parents have to keep an eye on their kids.

Where do we meet? Inside the cemetery entrance, at the northeast corner of Clark St. and Irving Park Road. 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.

Parking? Street parking is available on Clark and Irving Park Rd. Parking is not permitted inside the cemetery.

Is this ADA accessible? Yes, but the event is mostly a walking tour. Payment will be available, but we might also be walking off the path in the grass & through small woods.

Is my ticket refundable? No, sorry kids, no money back on this purchase but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.

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 at them. Over the years he's run ghost tours, riverboat architecture tours, grave robbing tours, and more, and practically lived in the newspaper archives. Just yesterday he ran across an 1893 article about a woman dressed in mourning who asked a guy to come into Graceland with her to "comfort" her, then robbed him. 

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