CONCORDIA is a Lutheran cemetery established in
1872, immediately north of Forest Home (German Waldheim).
In 1950, it came to public attention due to the necessity of moving 1500 graves
from its southernmost sections in order to build the Eisenhower Expressway, which
now separates Concordia and Forest Home.
A CTA elevated train yard and the former location of its track have also
left their mark on Concordia, nearly bisecting the cemetery into distinct
north and south divisions (see map).
The Des Plaines river defines the western boundary of Concordia.
To the east is the Altenheim Old Peoples' Home, which has a small
cemetery of its own for former residents. Markers in Altenheim are small
and uniform, made by pouring concrete into a mold.
Visually, Concordia is memorable for the large number of obelisks in the
northeasternm sections and the intricately carved marble angels that share
that same space.