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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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  • Anybody, who was anybody, in 19th century Chicago was buried here. Spectacular mortuary; truly an outdoor museum. A very solid multi-mile walk. But if you are completely unguided, it will be confusing...  more »
  • The founders, movers, and shakers of Chicago are all buried here. Louis Sullivan designed at least two of the mausoleums, and he's buried here, too. So are Potter Palmer and his wife, Bertha. George P...  more »
  • Graceland is Chicago's finest examples of what are known as "Rural" cemeteries (cemeteries created from roughly the 1830s to the 1870s in places away from city cores -- hence the term "rural' -- and f...  more »
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  • Did tour with Chicago Architecture Foundation. What a serene spot. Well worth a tour!
  • This is a great place to get a glimpse of Chicago's history. Lots of famous names are buried here, like Daniel Burnham, Charles Wacker, and Marshall Field. My only complaint is that the "streets" weren't always labeled, making the tour on the provided map a bit hard to follow.
  • AMAZING historical cemetery! Especially if you appreciate architecture at all! Get the guide book from the Chicago Architectural Foundation before you go.
  • Visit Graceland cemetery in the fall, the color and the view is really nice and relaxing.
  • my hamster is buried here 10/10 rip in peeces