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Hear the stories behind the people buried at the beautiful and tranquil Oak Woods Cemetery on Chicago’s South Side, from important local African Americans who fought for Civil Rights to Confederate prisoners of war.

1.5 Hours
$30 public (includes CAC admission)
Free for CAC members
1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate

This large Victorian-era cemetery is the final resting place for prominent Chicagoans like Mayors Hale Thompson and Harold Washington and journalist Ida B. Wells, as well as other famous people, like Olympian Jesse Owens and physicist Enrico Fermi. A towering monument at the back of the cemetery marks the burial spot of several thousand Confederate soldiers who died while being held prisoner at Camp Douglas.

This tour is the companion tour to Civil War and Chicago's Role: Rosehill Cemetery, but can be taken in any sequence.

  • Advance reservations required.
  • Your safety is our priority. The itinerary of this tour may be altered in accordance with health and safety policies and considerations.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.

Upcoming Civil War to Civil Rights at Oak Woods Cemetery Tours