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Curious about the different headstones, statues, and symbols in a cemetery? This tour offers a journey through Victorian to modern-day cemetery customs, explaining the meanings behind various gravestone styles, insignia, and motifs. You'll also hear fascinating stories about some notable Chicagoan figures. From obelisks to memorials for a fallen fireman, a blind man and a little girl, immerse yourself in the world of monument symbols on this 90-minute tour of Graceland Cemetery.

1.5 Hours
$30 Public
$10 Basic Members
Free for Deco Members and above
Meet: Main gate entrance at intersection of Clark St. & Irving Park Rd. 4001 N Clark St.
Premier tour*

During Victorian time there was a profound fascination with death, creating elaborate rituals and traditions to express grief. Each symbol, from lambs to a sheaf of wheat, holds a unique significance. Join us for a walk through Graceland Cemetery to uncover the rich tapestry of symbols and learn about their meanings.

  • 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.
  • Street parking is available on Clark St. and Irving Park Rd. Parking is not permitted inside the cemetery except on Cubs game days.

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

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