Upcoming: Cemetery tours all month

October 9, 2010
October features many tours of local cemetaries, resting place of prominent early Chicagoans.

October features many tours of local cemetaries, resting place of prominent early Chicagoans.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is hosting a walking tour of the Rosehill Cemetary, 5800 N Ravenswood Ave. Sun, Oct 24 1P. $15 non-members, $10 members. 2H

The Victorian era graveyard’s grand entrance and major buildings were designed by W. W. Boyington. This is the final resting place for many of Chicago’s political and cultural leaders, both famous and obscure. The figures discussed on this tour include Charles Gates Dawes, Leonard Volk, “Long John” Wentworth, Charles J. Hull, Levi D. Boone, Roswell B. Mason, and Matthew Laflin.

A separate tour on Sun Oct 10 and again Nov 7 will visit the Rosehill mausoleum. 1P. $15 non-members, $10 members. 2H

The building features memorials to John G. Shedd, Richard W. Sears, A. Montgomery Ward, and other business giants of Chicago.  This walking tour also looks at the mausoleum’s spectacular windows.

Graceland Cemetary tours by the Chicago Architecture Foundation will be held each of the Sundays in Oct through Halloween. 2P. $15 non-members, $10 members. Clark St and Irving Park Rd entrance. 2H

Many famous Chicagoans are buried here including Daniel Burnham. Monuments by architect Louis Sullivan and sculptors Lorado Taft and Daniel Chester French.

The Foundation is also offering a deeper look at the cemetary, no pun intended, in a separate tour. Sun Oct 24 and 31. 1:30P $15 non-members, $10 members. 2H

This tour will explore an older section of this historic garden cemetery. See unusual Victorian monuments and sentimental epitaphs that mark the graves of early Chicago mayors, artists, and other prominent citizens. Historic figures discussed on this tour include Carter Harrison, Thomas Tallmadge and Walter Newberry.

Finally, a Sat Oct 16 tour will examine the roll of women in Chicago’s development. 10A, $15 non-members, $10 members. 2H.

During Chicago’s period of growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, women played a hugely influential role.Chicago’s women participated in the Underground Railroad, exhibited the first Modern Art paintings, created the juvenile justice system, and broke up a plot to kill President Lincoln. These are just a few of the stories of remarkable women buried at Graceland Cemetery.

The Women of Influence tour celebrates the achievements of women in Chicago’s early history. The women on this tour brought wealth and status, intelligence and energy, and a passion for ideas to build a better urban environment for all citizens. The tour also illustrates the influence of women on some of the city’s most significant architecture, including buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and H.H. Richardson.

Among the women discussed are early settlers Juliette Kinzie and Mary Jane Richardson Jones, an African-American pioneer in civil rights; social reform leader Louise deKoven Bowen, one of the guiding forces behind Jane Addams’ Hull House; and Ruth Page and Marion Mahony Griffin, advocates for art and culture.

The Chicago Historical Society is also offering tours of the Graceland CemetarySun, Oct 24; Sat, Oct 30; Sun, Oct 31; 10A and 1P each day. $15, $10 members. 2H. Irving Park Road and Clark Street.

Al Walavich will guide hikers on a Halloween themed tour of Old Chicago, exploring the graves of Marshall Field, Louis Sullivan, Potter and Bertha Palmer, and George Pullman.

Graceland also offers two self-guided tours at its office. Books and maps run from $5-$10.

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