Graceland Cemetery is to Chicago as Père Lachaise is to Paris. Although it doesn’t have quite the grandeur and history of the famous French cemetery, it’s a great place to find prominent Chicagoans’ last resting place amongst lush greenery. Walking through Graceland you might forget you’re in a cemetery and think you’re just in a beautiful park.
One of the highlights of the cemetery is the grave of famous Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. He is honored under a granite boulder on a small island within an expansive lake. Visitors can get to the island via a scenic wooden bridge. It’s a truly serene image and unique place to lie to rest the architect of the first skyscraper in Chicago.
The cemetery is also listed as an arboretum. I couldn’t help but notice all of the bright colors, weeping willow trees and flowers surrounding the memorials. The cemetery has so many and various kinds of trees that there is a dedicated tree tour to follow.
Graceland Cemetery is a great place to find some tranquility and history in the city. Although taking a tour is a great way to learn more about the residents and history of the cemetery, I also just like to walk around the grounds on a nice day.