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Graceland Cemetery – Aboretum and cemetery

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.

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Details about this spot



4001 North Clark St, Chicago

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Opening Times

Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00, Sat 10:00 - 15:00




Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)