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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
$10 Basic Members
Free for Deco Members and above
1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate
Premier tour*

This large Victorian-era cemetery is the final resting place for prominent Chicagoans like Mayor Harold Washington and suffragette, activist and journalist Ida B. Wells, as well as other famous people, like Olympian Jesse Owens and Ebony publisher John Johnson. A towering monument 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.

In recognition of Juneteenth, this tour will be offered for free on June 19, 2024

  • Many tours sell out. To guarantee your space advance reservations are strongly recommended.
  • 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.

*Premier tours are free for Deco members and above. Learn about our membership levels.

Upcoming Civil War to Civil Rights at Oak Woods Cemetery Tours