Bohemian National Cemetery
Established 1877
5255 North Pulaski
Chicago, Illinois
773-539-8442

Bohemian National Cemetery, on Chicago's North side at Foster and Pulaski avenues, contains one of the city's finest collections of funerary art. It features a spectacular chapel and columbarium building, as well as many larger-than-life sculptures. Nowhere else have I seen a greater number of statues of soldiers, many having fought and died in World War I and the Spanish-American War.

Another extraordinary feature of Bohemian National Cemetery is the plantings over certain graves. Rectangular and crescent designs are common, with flowers of different colors carefully placed.

Bohemia is a region in what is now the Czech Republic, formerly part of Czechoslovakia. The great majority of persons buried here are of Czech descent, though the cemetery will now accept burials of any nationality. Chicago's most prominent Bohemian citizen, Mayor Anton Cermak, is entombed here.

The cemetery had its first burial on August 6th, 1877, a baby named N. Brada. Originally inside the gate, the child has been moved to a safer location deeper within the cemetery.

A different veteran is honored each day at the flagpole near the main entrance. Each day, a different U.S. flag is flown, and a card naming a World War I or World War II veteran is placed on the flagpole's base. The octagonal base is of flagstone, with each of its eight panels depicting a scene or fact about the World Wars.

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Entering Bohemian National Cemetery

Main Gate

Cemetery Office

Frank Polak

Legros

Kubicek

K. Petrtyl

Rod V. Blecha

Crematorium and Water Tower
The Crematorium and Chapel Building

"Mother" Statue and Crematorium

Chapel Entrance Hall

Chapel Interior

East Columbarium

East Columbarium

West Columbarium

West Columbarium
The Central Sections (A-J, O-T)

Odd Fellows

Josef Fengl

J. Fingel

Angel descending stairs

Two Young Boys

Old marble monuments

A Pigeon

J.Mudra

Smrckova: Bronze Steeple

Hasek

Trcka, a soldier

Anna McKenzie

Ladimir Klacel

Landa

George Vistain, Jr.

Pvt. Michael Kokoska
The Northern Sections (13-36)

Marik mausoleum

Obeti Eastlandu

Rod V. Pickas (Obeti Eastlandu)

Pvt. Charles

Seidl

A Sailor

Jandel

Walking Death: Stejskal-Buchal

Masaryk Memorial Mausoleum

Aloise Hosnedl

Jaroslav Sverepa

Joseph & Albine Duda

Frank Tuma

PFC Joseph Manning

J.M. Kralovek Mausoleum

Julia Wellik

A. Macal mausoleum

Mayor Anton Cermak

Janovsky-Johns Mausoleum

Svoboda
The Southeast Sections (1-9,29,30)

Vincent Dlouhy

Rodina Berankova

Civil War Memorial

Jan Barker

Jan Hubka obelisk

Krupka Mausoleum

An Angel

Spanish War Memorial

John & Marie Moudry

Jak. Stepka

Kolar Mausoleum

Ambrozova ledgers
The Eastern Sections (U-Y,M-T)

Willie

Benes

Kneeling Child

Anna Suvova

Antonie Borkovcova

John Peklo

Frank & Charles Kristufek

Stastny

A Dog and his Boy

Mournful Bronze Statue

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