Graceland Cemetery


The final resting place for some of the biggest names in Chicago history, including architects Louis Sullivan and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and retail magnate Marshall Field. Most of the notable tombs lie around the lake, in the northern half of the cemetery's 121 acres. Pick up a map at the entrance to navigate the swirl of streets.

Many of the memorials relate to the lives of the dead in symbolic and touching ways. National League founder William Hulbert lies under a baseball. Daniel Burnham, who did so much to design Chicago, gets his own island. George Pullman, the railroad car magnate who sparked so much labor unrest, lies under a hidden fortress designed to prevent angry union members from digging him up. Power couple Bertha and Potter Palmer (whose dry-goods business eventually became the Marshall Field company) also have a doozy of a memorial.

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