Graceland Cemetery Tour: Stories, Symbols and Secrets

Graceland Cemetery Tour

Saturday tour added by popular demand! Historically, most of the biggest, most impressive monuments in American cemeteries have been built by brewers, lumber merchants, steel barons, and real estate moguls. But there are far more stories at Graceland than just those movers and shakers. Some of those industrialists and politicians had daughters who set the city on fire with their scandalous novels, or wives who were attacked as “intolerant abolitionists” by anti-Lincoln papers. There are fugitive slaves, underground railroad workers, black pioneers, members of the early LGBTQ community, artists, and many more. Some in unmarked graves!

Adam Selzer is the author of Mysterious Chicago, HH: Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil, and many other Chicago history books. He has been running Graceland tours for years, and is now at work on a new authorized “Who’s Who” book that’s uncovered some incredible new stories. This edition, sometimes nicknamed the “Now With Fewer Rich White Guys” edition (and boycotted by some white pride facebook group), will feature both the famous and the forgotten, including many stories that have never been included on Graceland tours before. Join him for a 75-90 minute walk through American history.

– Meet a bit before 1:30 inside the gates (at N. Clark and W. Irving Park.)

– The cemetery is near the red line, the 22 Clark bus, and the Irving Park bus.

– Limited parking is usually available in the cemetery, and free parking is usually available along Clark Street.

Date: Saturday, August 31 2019, 1:30-3pm
Price: $20

Tickets available at Eventbrite


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