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ATTENTION: TOUR GROUPS
NO Tour Groups during the winter months as of December 1st to April 1st.

Free, self-guided 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.

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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.

While Graceland does not conduct tours, other organizations do offer informational tours, for individual or group exploration, among them:

The Chicago Architecture Foundation
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 2 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 here– architecture.org)

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.

The Chicago History Museum
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.