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

ISBN: 0964242648

ISBN13: 9780964242647

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 citizensfrom 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...

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5 ratings

Fabulous, handy book!

This well-written and informative book is a must-have for anyone who is interested in Chicago history, cemeteries, or architecture. I read it cover to cover and often refer back to it for various reasons. From the grave of Al Capone to the graves of lesser-known Chicagoans, this book seems to cover it all.Great photos, fascinating stories!


Informative and to the point! I just wish they had the actually cemetery data included! Great for us "dark" people or anyone else interested in cemetery analysis!

I never knew...

What an interesting bit of, usually ignored, Chicago history. I was amazed at learning who chose to take up permanent residence in our corner of the world(like Brady Bunch patriarch, Robert Reed.) Very interesting from an architectural standpoint, too.

An unusual and distinctive cultural legacy.

Graveyards Of Chicago: The People, History, Art, And Lore Of Cook County Cemeteries is an extensive compendium of facts that provide the reader with a literary expedition through the quirky cemeteries of Metropolitan Chicago. From abandoned, acre-big burial grounds to lavishly-landscaped "cities of the dead", Chicagoland cemeteries capture the imagination of visitors. Many of these fascinating sites, offering a wealth of legend and lore, are unknown to the general public. Graveyards Of Chicago is a unique regional history that remedies this benign neglect, showcasing this unusual Chicago cultural legacy most admirably.


Well written, well priced, and the skill of the photography is quite amazing. For anyone who appreciates the beauty and tranquility of cemetaries, this is a must have.
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