Atlas Obscura is organizing trips! Join us on an adventure »

Chicago

Rosehill Cemetery Walk

Strange history carved in stone.

One of the oldest "garden cemeteries" in town, Rosehill is full of heroes, villains, and some lesser-known eccentrics, with some of the city's most captivating artwork. Author and Historian Adam Selzer leads a fascinating, often hilarious stroll through history. Sneer at the grave of a notable racist, tip your hat to the man who thwarted a Civil War insurrection, admire a statue that was once in Lincoln Park, puzzle over the mystery of a supposed Revolutionary War soldier, and allow yourself a chuckle at the guy whose name is "Bangs" and whose gravestone features a train going into a tunnel. Every tour is a bit different - there's always more to discover, and Adam just can't leave those curiosity doors locked! 

Adam Selzer hosts the Mysterious Chicago podcast and blog, and is the author of several books, including Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the US Film IndustryGhosts of ChicagoMysterious Chicago: History at its Coolest, and a just released book called H.H. Holmes: The True Story of the White City Devil. He has been a tour guide for over a decade. 

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.

How Long will I be walking? Approximately one mile

Where do we meet? Meet in the parking area behind the gates of of main entrance on 5800 N Ravenwoods. 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? Lot or street parking is available 

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

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

Stay connected! Subscribe to the Illinois Obscura Society newsletter and be the first to find out about upcoming events.