ATTENTION: TOUR GROUPS
NO Tour Groups during the winter months as of December 1st to April 1st.
theme tours through Graceland Cemetery can focus on Chicago’s great architects
and their influence, the city’s turbulent history, its powerful and inventive
citizens, or the Cemetery’s natural beauty. A road map is available
at the Graceland office, near the historic entrance, or click here to download.
The office also offers a 1922 historical map of the Cemetery for $5.00.
here for map
Tour Groups must register in advance for approval of their visits and must sign in at the Cemetery Office upon arrival. Tour buses and other large vehicles are not allowed to enter or to be driven into the Cemetery. Click here for additional rules and our tour group registration form.
does not conduct tours, other organizations do offer informational tours, for
individual or group exploration, among them:
The Foundation sponsors group tours of the Cemetery in the fall. Tickets for
the two-hour walking tour are free for members of the Foundation, $15 for nonmembers
and $10 for students and seniors. Tours begin at 1:30 p.m. the first Sunday in August
and every Sunday September through October, and start at the entrance of the
cemetery. For information, phone (312) 922-TOUR (922-8687), or click
One of the most
popular self-guided tours is the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s “A
Walk Through Graceland Cemetery,” written by Barbara Lanctot with photographs
by Rosemary Kluke and Eliza Houston Davey. The book, in its 7th printing, is
available for purchase at the Graceland office for $10.00 plus $3.00 for shipping,
or from the Chicago Architecture Foundation at 224 South Michigan Avenue.
Besides the museum’s extensive collection of architectural models and
photographs of Graceland Cemetery’s monuments and other works by the Chicago
architects who rest here, the Museum offers many walking tours of the city,
including a two-hour history stroll through Graceland. For more information
on individual and group tours, phone 312.642.4600 or click
here. – chicagohistory.org.