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logofinalmixjpgDiscover great facts about all Chicago area cemeteries. Most are still visible but many have vanished or no longer outwardly resemble a place of burial.  The location of many of these vanished cemeteries will surprise you, some still containing thousands of bodies, You will be surprised to learn where the dead have been and still are, in and around Chicago.

Here you will find an amazing 803 listings.  Thumbnail information of 272 cemeteries plus 258 cross references will be found in the “list of all cemeteries” pages.  In addition there are over 300 Jewish cemeteries and sections within other cemeteries, primarily Jewish Waldheim

The blog posts contain additional information on selected cemeteries and most interesting related topics and features.


Famicity, based in France,  posted November 24 2017 written by Erin Harris.  https://blog.famicity.com/2017/11/preserving-cemeteries-in-chicago-illinois/?lang=en

DNAinfo was a great print and electronic media in Chicago. Check out their Oct 29 2017 Article  https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20171030/west-ridge/barry-fleig-cemetery-blog-sheiners-picnic-grove

A GOOD READ about Cook County Cemetery (Dunning): Grave Mistake by Harold Henderson Sept 1989 https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/grave-mistake/Content?oid=874451

And for the incredible story of how we lost that cemetery containing 38,000 souls, visit www.cookcountycemetery.com

Don’t miss some of the earlier blogs like a liquor license in a cemetery or an elevator. Check out the cemetery under the Bowmanville pickle farm. Check back often as I need to tell the stories of 273 cemeteries!



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Surprises hidden under Chicago Streets


Did you know the John Hancock building is built upon the site of an early burying ground?  The North Side Cemetery, surveyed in 1835, included a portion of prime North Michigan Avenue real estate including the Hancock Building and Water Tower Place.

As early as 1897, the Chicago Tribune printed an article entitled:

 “City built on Graves – Chicago buildings stand upon sites of old cemeteries…the structures of the downtown district cover unnumbered dead.”    And on October 7, 1900 the Chicago Tribune printed the story “Forgotten Graveyards of Chicago – Beautiful Homes built over the tombs of departed Pioneers”

How about a saloon license issued to a cemetery? An elevator in a cemetery? These and many more surprises await you in upcoming blogs.