- Type: Landmarks
NileGuide Expert Says:
Graceland is not just a run-of-the-mill cemetery. Even an untrained eye can tell that the memorials here are one-of-a-kind.
NileGuide Expert tip:
Be sure to get a map with all of the "notable" tombs so you can make sure you see all of them. Rumor has it that George Pullman's tomb was reinforced with railroad ties so that angry ex-employees could not dig him up.
- Graceland Cemetery is the final resting place of many of old Chicago's elite. Graceland opened in 1860, and the tombstones and monuments of some of those buried there are quite spectacular, reflecting the opulence of their time. Notable tombs and memorials include those of Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe (all architects), Potter and Bertha Palmer, Marshall Field, and George Pullman. Pullman's tomb was reinforced with concrete and railroad ties so that angry workers could not exhume and desecrate his body. An urban legend says that the statue at Inez Clarke's burial site sometimes disappears, and some have reported seeing a little girl in period dress wandering the grounds.
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