As the largest and one of the oldest "garden cemeteries" in Chicago, Rosehill Cemetery is known for its roster of famous (and infamous) occupants, as well as some of the city's most captivating art. Everyone from hot dog king Oscar F. Meyer to victims of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre resides here, but the graves of the likely lesser-known Chicagoans contain the true intrigue of Rosehill.
Join Atlas Obscura for one of our most popular events, a fascinating (and often hilarious) stroll through history on the grounds of Chicago's most prolific resting place. Author and historian Adam Selzer dives deep into the backstories of those residing six feet under, here, including the man who thwarted a Civil War insurrection, a supposed Revolutionary War soldier, a guy who went by "Bangs," and more.
Admire the incredible works of art throughout the Victorian-era cemetery as you hear about its storied history, including a haunting statue that was once in Lincoln Park and sculpture homages to the dead encased in glass. Already taken the tour? Every month's event is a bit different, and there's always more to discover!
- The event will run rain, shine, or snow.
- Meet Field Agent Adam Selzer inside the cemetery entrance at 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave., at the corner of Rosehill Drive and Ravenswood Avenue. He'll be just inside the stone gates, checking people in.
- A short talk will be given at the start, but the majority of the event will be a walking tour in the eastern portion of the cemetery.
- The tour covers approximately 1 mile. There are two options for start times: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
- While this tour is family-friendly, parents are advised that they must keep an eye on their children.
- The event has limited ADA access. Much of the tour is on pavement, but it does veer off the beaten path and through the grass.
- Wear your walking shoes and bring your cameras!
- Lot or street parking is available. The closest public transit is the #22 Clark bus, which will drop you a few blocks away from the cemetery entrance.
- This ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.
Email Adam Selzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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