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Graceland Cemetery, Chicago

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Graceland Cemetery is a large Victorian era cemetery located in the north side community area of Uptown, in the city of Chicago, Illinois, USA. Established in 1860, its main entrance is at the intersection of Clark Street and Irving Park Road. The Sheridan stop on the Red Line is the nearest CTA "L" station.History and geographyIn the 19th century, a train to the north suburbs occupied the eastern edge of the cemetery where the "L" now rides. The line was also used to carry mourners to funerals, in specially rented funeral cars, requiring an entry on the east wall, now closed. At that point, the cemetery would have been well outside the city limits of Chicago. After the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, Lincoln Park which had been the city's cemetery, was deconsecrated and some of the bodies moved here. The edge of the pond around Daniel Burnham's burial island was once lined with broken headstones and coping transported from Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park then became a recreational area, with a single mausoleum remaining, the "Couch tomb", containing the remains of Ira Couch. The Couch Tomb is probably the oldest extant structure in the City, everything else having been destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire.The cemetery is typical of those that reflect Queen Victoria's reconception of the early 19th century "graveyard". Instead of poorly maintained headstones, and bodies buried on top of each other, on an ungenerous parcel of land; the cemetery became a pastoral landscaped park dotted with memorial markers, with room left over for picnics, a common usage of cemeteries. The landscape architecture for Graceland was designed by Ossian Cole Simonds.
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  • August 10, 2017
    I was worried that visiting here would be macabre or existentially troubling, but it was really peaceful and I had a great time exploring the cemetery. I visited during the winter, which was nice, but...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    This large Victorian cemetery is located on the north side of Chicago, just north of Wrigley Field. It was established in 1860. Some of the notable burials in the cemetery are David Adler (architect),...  more »
  • May 22, 2017
    In bygone days, people went for walks in cemeteries. Graceland is a cemetery that is the final resting place of famous Chicagoans. It is a beautiful place to explore Chicago's history. There is a map ...  more »
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  • May 6, 2017
    It's a cemetery so it's an understandably quiet place. You can walk in free of charge during operating hours. Come here on a beautiful sunny day and enjoy the majestic monuments of the city's founding fathers. There's lots of grand, over the top, gilded age funerary monuments here. It certainly helps to know some Chicago history. Otherwise you may walk right by the relatively humble gravestones for Louis Sullivan and Allan Pinkerton. Graceland is definitely worth exploring.
  • June 15, 2017
    Wow. The grand-daddy of Chicagoland cemeteries. See a major street in Chicago? The namesake is probably buried here. There are monuments and mausoleums that cost more than most people make in a lifetime. Freud would have a ball here.
  • March 20, 2017
    Beautiful place. Great for a photo walk.
  • August 27, 2016
    AMAZING historical cemetery! Especially if you appreciate architecture at all! Get the guide book from the Chicago Architectural Foundation before you go.
  • September 15, 2016
    Did tour with Chicago Architecture Foundation. What a serene spot. Well worth a tour!

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