Graveyards of Chicago: The People, History, Art, and Lore of Cook County Cemeteries

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Charting the lore and lure of Chicago's ubiquitous burial grounds, this resource unearths the legends and legacies that mark the city's silent citizens—from larger-than-lifers and local heroes to machine mayors and machine-gunners. The book demonstrates that Chicago's cemeteries are home not only to thousands of individuals who fashioned the city's singular culture and character, but also to impressive displays of art and architecture, landscaping and limestone, egoism and ethnic pride. Mysterious questions such ...

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Overview

Charting the lore and lure of Chicago's ubiquitous burial grounds, this resource unearths the legends and legacies that mark the city's silent citizens—from larger-than-lifers and local heroes to machine mayors and machine-gunners. The book demonstrates that Chicago's cemeteries are home not only to thousands of individuals who fashioned the city's singular culture and character, but also to impressive displays of art and architecture, landscaping and limestone, egoism and ethnic pride. Mysterious questions such as Where is Al Capone buried? and What really lies beneath home plate at Wrigley Field? are answered in this reminder that although physical life must end, personal notes—and notoriety—last forever.

Discover a Chicago That Exists Just Beneath the Surface—About Six Feet Under.

Ever wonder where Al Capone is buried? How about Clarence Darrow? Muddy Waters? Harry Caray? Or maybe Brady Bunch patriarch Robert Reed? And what really lies beneath home plate at Wrigley Field? Graveyards of Chicago answers these and other cryptic questions as it charts the lore and lure of Chicagos ubiquitous burial grounds.

Like the livelier neighborhoods that surround them, Chicagos cemeteries are often crowded, sometimes weary, ever-sophisticated, and full of secrets. They are home not only to thousands of individuals who fashioned the citys singular culture and character,but also to impressive displays of art and architecture, landscaping and limestone, egoism and ethnic pride, and the constant reminder that although physical life must end for us all, personal note—and notoriety—last forever.

Grab a shovel and tag along as Ursula Bielski, local historian and author of Chicago Haunts, and Matt Hucke, photographer and creator of graveyards.com unearth the legends and legacies that mark Chicagos silent citizens—from larger-than-lifers and local heroes, to clerics and comedians, machine mayors and machine-gunners.

This book contains 168 photos.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964242647
  • Publisher: Lake Claremont Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 251
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Hucke is the creator of the website Graveyards of Chicago, which has thousands of photographs from Chicagoland cemeteries and is the inspiration for the book of the same name. Ursula Bielski is Chicago’s resident paranormal expert, a historian, an author, and an entrepreneur. She owns the tour company Chicago Hauntings, Inc., produces the annual Chicago Ghost Conference, and hosts the WYCC TV show The Hauntings of Chicago. She is the author of Chicago Haunts, Creepy Chicago, More Chicago Haunts, and There’s Something Under the Bed.

Ursula Bielski, Local Historian and Author

Ursula Bielski grew up in a haunted house on Chicagos north side. At an early age she became a believer in paranormal experiences, from the curse of the Chicago Cubs at nearby Wrigley Field to the hauntings at local Graceland Cemetery by a 19th century ghost girl. Underscoring these neighborhood folk tales were accounts by her police officer father of personal encounters with Big Foot and no less than the Devil himself.

As an undergraduate at Benedictine University, Bielski was able to explore the interplay of belief and experience, focusing her coursework on the relationship between science and religion. Outside the classroom she tagged along with psychology students investigating reported cases of haunting phenomena which took her to such notorious sites as the Country House Restaurant in suburban Clarendon Hills; Chicagos Red Lion Pub; and the Oshkosh Opera House (Wisconsin). Her fascination with the methodology and philosophy of psi research led her to more structured work in the field of parapsychology.

As a graduate student at Northeastern Illinois University, Bielski explored related aspects of American intellectual and cultural history, particularly the spiritualist movement of the 19th century and its transformation into psychical research and parapsychology. As a student affiliate of the Parapsychological Association, an international body dedicated to psi research, Bielski was a frequent contributor to the group's bulletin.

Intrigued by the apparent relationship between folklore and paranormal experience, Bielski eventually turned her interests toward her hometown, penning her acclaimed and widely successful book, Chicago Haunts. After several printings of the book and the release of a second edition, Bielski now lectures regularly on the subject, having emerged as an expert on Chicagos spiritual netherworld.

Bielski is editor of PA News, the quarterly bulletin of the Parapsychology Association. She is currently at work on a childrens cookbook inspired by the gothic novels of John Bellairs as well as a second volume about Chicago ghostlore: More Chicago Haunts. She lives in Chicago with her husband, author David Cowan, and their daughter.

Matt Hucke, Cemetery Connoisseur and Photographer

Matt Hucke, a native of southern Illinois, has resided in Chicago since 1993 and has been exploring its fascinating graveyards since 1995. His first expedition to Graceland Cemetery on the citys north side was prompted by a city guidebook describing some of the incredible mausoleums to be found there. This was followed by an expedition to the abandoned and allegedly haunted Bachelors Grove Cemetery in the southwest suburbs, and a lengthly exploration of Rosehill Cemetery on the far north side. Such trips soon became a weekly event, and Matt has now visited over 120 Chicagoland cemeteries, the vast majority of them in Cook County.

In August 1996, Hucke created the Web site that inspired this book, Graveyards of Chicago. The site has received several awards, including the "4 Stone" award for superior cemetery-related Web sites. It has grown to include over 600 photographs of an expanding list of area cemeteries.

Matts graveyard images have appeared in the Washington Post, the American Girls News, and both editions of Ursula Bielski's Chicago Haunts, and have been used online by the Chicago Historical Society and the San Diego Union-Tribune. His photographs will also appear in upcoming books by Davis Cecil and Dr. Elmar Buck.

Hucke now lives in Rogers Park, north of his favorite Chicago graveyard, Rosehill. He works as an independent Unix programmer and consultant, specializing in electronic commerce.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Preface xv
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction 3
I. North
City North 11
Chicago City Cemetery 11
Graceland Cemetery 13
Jewish Graceland Cemetery 31
Wunder's Cemetery 33
St. Boniface Cemetery 34
Rosehill Cemetery 37
St. Henry Cemetery 49
Montrose Cemetery 51
Bohemian National Cemetery 53
Beth-El Cemetery 62
Ridgelawn Cemetery 62
Metro North 65
Calvary Cemetery 65
Church of the Holy Comforter 69
Fort Sheridan Cemetery 69
Memorial Park Cemetery 70
St. Adalbert Cemetery 71
Sunset Memorial Park 76
All Saints Cemetery 77
Shalom Memorial Park 78
II West
City West 83
All Saints Polish National Catholic Cemetery 83
St. Nicholas Ukrainian Cemetery 84
St. John's/St. Johannes Cemetery 85
Rest Haven Cemetery 85
Cook County Poor Farm and Insane Asylum 87
Robinson Woods Indian Burial Ground 88
Westlawn Cemetery 89
Acacia Park Cemetery 91
Irving Park Cemetery 94
Mount Olive Cemetery 95
Metro West 99
St. Joseph Cemetery 99
Elmwood Cemetery 101
Forest Home/German Waldheim Cemetery 102
Jewish Waldheim Cemetery 112
Woodlawn Cemetery 117
Concordia Cemetery 118
Altenheim Cemetery 120
Mount Auburn Cemetery 120
Mount Emblem Cemetery 121
Elm Lawn Cemetery 121
Arlington Cemetery 122
Oak Ridge Cemetery 123
Mount Carmel Cemetery 125
Queen of Heaven Cemetery 134
Hinsdale Animal Cemetery 141
III South
City South 147
Oak Woods Cemetery 147
Mount Olivet Cemetery 154
Mount Greenwood Cemetery 157
St. Casimir Cemetery 159
Metro South 163
Resurrection Cemetery 163
Bethania Cemetery 164
Lithuanian National Cemetery 165
Archer Woods Cemetery 167
Evergreen Cemetery 167
St. Mary Cemetery 168
Cedar Park Cemetery 169
Lincoln Cemetery 169
Oak Hill Cemetery 173
Mount Hope Cemetery 174
Restvale Cemetery 175
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery 176
Burr Oak Cemetery 178
St. Benedict Cemetery 179
Bachelors Grove Cemetery 180
St. James Cemetery 184
Mount Glenwood Cemetery 188
Holy Cross Cemetery 189
IV Burials Not in Cemeteries
Stephen A. Douglas Tomb 195
Yorktown Shopping Center 195
Mayslake/Francis S. Peabody 195
Cantigny/Robert R. McCormick 197
Jackson Park/Clarence Darrow 197
Wrigley Field/Steve Goodman 198
V Outlying Sites
Masonic Cemetery/Robert Stroud 201
St. Sava Orthodox Monastery/Peter II 202
Monastery of the Most Holy Mother of God 202
Elk Grove Cemetery 202
Oakland Cemetery/Chester Gould 202
Appendix List of Chicago Cemeteries 205
Bibliography 213
Index 219
About the Authors 229
Publisher's Credits 231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2001

    Really good Book, really good web site too.

    This book is, I believe a printed and some what expanded version of a web site by the same name. It's quite good with the pictures and information and has a nice and easy mannor in style of writting. The pictures are numerous, well taken and give a nice cropss section of what the has to offer. There is enough biographical information in it, I believe to make it interesting to people more interested in local history than cemeteries. i'm interested in both. Ursula Bielski, author of 'Chicago Haunts' colaborrated on the work, and I'd also reccomend that.

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