Graveyards of Illinois: Featured Sites
Cemeteries profiled here have detailed entries with multiple photos, historical and biographical information.
Dating back to 1996, this is the oldest part of graveyards.com, and some of these entries are a bit dated (or even broken) - but I'll work to get them migrated to the new system in 2014. Meanwhile, please enjoy this content from the dawn of the internet, and excuse any rough patches that have appeared in the past eighteen years.
City of Chicago
Chicago's largest cemetery holds several Chicago mayors, Civil War generals, and a Vice President.
The most famous cemetery in the area, Graceland contains many of 19th-century Chicago's greatest citizens - architects, mayors, and captains of industry, with the most magnificent tombs in Chicago.
The South Side's historic cemetery, with Mayors Harold Washington and William Hale Thompson, physicist Enrico Fermi, Olympian Jesse Owens, and six thousand Confederate prisoners.
Chicago's Bohemian cemetery features some of the best funerary art to be found within the city, a beautiful indoor columbarium, and the assassinated Mayor Anton Cermak.
A old German Catholic cemetery on the north side.
Featuring Japanese and Serbian sections, a neoclassical crematorium building, and spectacular modern monuments of black granite.
The oldest Jewish cemetery in Chicago, dating back to 1851. Densely populated with monuments, Jewish Graceland has a timeless aura.
A small Christian cemetery next to Graceland.
Chicago's only churchyard.
A pair of Jewish cemeteries on north Pulaski.
Part of a cluster of Jewish cemeteries in Northwest Chicago
Masons, obelisks, and a superb community mausoleum.
Cook County, North
Chicago's historic Catholic cemetery, established in 1859 and located on beautiful lakefront property in Evanston.
Serving Polish Catholics in Chicago since 1872.
A parish cemetery in Skokie.
Cook County, West
Known worldwide for its monument to the Haymarket martyrs.
With Chicago's Archbishops and Julia Buccola Petta, whose body was incorruptible.
Over three hundred adjacent Jewish cemeteries, each with its own entrance.
Cook County, South
The South side's oldest Catholic cemetery, predominantly Irish and Italian. Featuring the original Capone grave, the O'Learys, and Irish burial society monuments.
The late Mayor Daley, a shrine to Chicago's own Saint Frances, and "Chicago's Miracle Child".
Considered the "most haunted cemetery in Chicago". Small, barren, and badly vandalized, but world-famous for its numerous sightings.
A churchyard on a hill where spectral monks have been sighted.
Home of "Resurrection Mary", the "Vanishing Hitchhiker".
A national cemetery with revolutionary heroes.
A Lutheran cemetery established in 1894.
The South Side graveyard that gave its name to the neighbourhood.
Muddy Waters and other top blues musicians.
Immediately south of Mt. Olivet is Mount Hope, a wooded, hilly cemetery with several interesting monuments.
Chicago's historic African-American cemetery
A tiny family cemetery.
Evergreen Cemetery in the Village of Barrington, and haunted White Cemetery.
A quiet churchyard in a well-preserved village.
One of the smallest graveyards in the Chicago area.
Two very old cemeteries, one a former churchyard, on the grounds of O'Hare airport.
A wooded cemetery of Du Page county
Historic cemetery of Woodstock, Illinois
Central and Southern Illinois
President Lincoln's Burial Site
Peoria's Victorian Rural Cemetery
Grave of the World's Tallest Man
A beautiful little cemetery on a hill
A rustic parish cemetery in Monroe County
Dry creek beds make interesting terrain