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“Great place for a stroll...through Chicago and Civil War History” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rosehill Cemetery

Rosehill Cemetery
Ranked #179 of 631 things to do in Chicago
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Great place for a stroll...through Chicago and Civil War History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2014

This was an unexpected delight...sounds odd for a visit to a cemetery. We were out for a walk and decided to walk within Rosehill, entering off of Bowmanville Avenue. I mention that because, had we entered through the main gate off of Ravenswood Avenue, we might have learned that the cemetery provides two self-guided tour descriptions.

The first tour maps out where Civil War notables are buried within the cemetery. The second tour includes a detailed map of the Chicago notables who are buried here....several Chicago mayors, captains of industries, etc.

Even without the maps. we had the opportunity to discover many markers for the historical figures buried there. We'll have to go back and do the self-guided tours to see what we missed.

While one might not think of bringing kids to a cemetery, it's a quite spot where parents don't have to worry about a lot of traffic. For children in grade school, have them try to find the oldest birth year on a tombstone or some other date related game to keep them occupied while you stroll the grounds.

One could easily walk 2-3 miles inside the walls of Rosehill.

Visited April 2014
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“The largest and one of the oldest Chicago cemeteries”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

If you like history, sculpture, beautiful old trees, and peaceful surroundings............this is the place. At the time it was built, 1859, Rosehill was well outside the city limits.
The limestone gatehouse featured in the above photo may look familiar to you. It was designed by William W. Boyington, the same architect who designed the Chicago Water Tower and Pumping Station. He is buried here, along with many other famous Chicagoans. The list includes Burr Tillstrom, the creator of Kukla, Fran and Ollie; Oscar Mayer, founder of meat company that bears his name; Jack Brickhouse, the voice of the Chicago Cubs, etc.
The grounds cover 350 acres. There are plans to create a nature preserve on twenty of those acres, with work beginning in the spring of 2014.
The gates are locked promptly at the stated times, so plan your visit accordingly.

Visited October 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Worth it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

Well, This cemetery has a lot a history and beautiful stones. I love the feeling of this place. I love to walk in this place; is clean, very peaceful and quiet (ha-ha) Get a tourist book and do a little tour of the famous people whom are resting here. If you want a nice view go across Peterson Av at the Target and take some pictures from the second floor.

Visited November 2012
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“Wander The Grounds.... And Be Sure To Spend Time In The”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2012

Be sure to make your first stop the Dignity Memorial Building to ask for a map -- this cemetery is *huge* and the map is very helpful.

Call to see if the FREE tours of Rosehill Cemetery at 10am on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month are happening -- these are a great, guided way to tour this very large space.

Do not miss the mausoleum -- Tiffany glass abounds! You can easily spend an hour wandering around inside this gorgeous and very tranquil space.

Visited October 2011
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“Incredibly Beautiful Masoleum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2012

This cemetery is not to be missed for amazing architectural details. The Egyptian revival crypt of Darius Miller is worth viewing. Patina green doors and a large winged scarab over the door. The most incredible views are inside the mausoleum with stained glass windows in the roof letting in light. Old crypts with individual stained glass windows that are stunning. Tip: Stop in at the office for a map of the property.

Visited March 2011
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