Rosehill Cemetery Walk - Atlas Obscura

Chicago, Illinois

Rosehill Cemetery Walk

Take a stroll through history in Chicago's largest cemetery.

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.

Join author and historian Adam Selzer for a fascinating and 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! 


  • The event will run rain, shine, or snow.
  • Meet Field Agent Adam Selzer inside the cemetery entrance at 5800 N. Ravenswood, at the corner of Rosehill and Ravenswood. He'll be the one with the look of someone looking for someone. 
  • 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 covers approximately one mile.
  • 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 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!
  • Lot or street parking is available. The closest public transit is the #22 Clark bus, which will drop you a few blocks away from the cemetery entrance.
  • This ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.


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