Cemetery Tour

60 Days of Paris

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Just 2 months till our departure across the sea to France


We realize that this is not a impulse venture.
For many of you, this could be a a once in a lifetime adventure, which means – “wait until next year”

Last weekend in Chicago, Les Tour de Cimetières visited Graceland Cemetery .
The grave sites include those of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, the 1st African American Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Roger Ebert and a amazing cast of other occupants

It might be too late to obtain a Passport ,
But, if you do have a passport, Airline Tickets can still be obtained – maybe even for some non-stop flights

Rooms may not be available at all the four Paris-area hotels (Les Quatre Hôtels ) where we will stay, so let us know if we can suggest alternative lodgings.

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Graceland Cemetery

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not to be confused with the cemetery at Graceland where Elvis Aaron Presley rests
4001 North Clark Street, Chicago
Located north of Wrigley Field behind a brick wall at the intersection of Clark and Irving Park Road
Accessible by the #22 Clark or #80 Irving Park Bus Routes
CTA Red Line Train (Sheridan) walk .4 west to Graceland Cemetery or take a short ride on #80 Irving Park Bus
Divvy bike-share dock at Southport & Irving Park
(additional docks several blocks either north or south on Clark Street)

It’s a tour with many guides
Each participant will lead us to another grave
And we will share
And discover things we could never find on our own

Graceland Cemetery compares favorably to Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris
Both established in the Victorian-Style of the 19th Century with ornate garden landscaping, creating pastoral settings attributed to the reign of Queen Victoria

Graceland: 80 Acres compared to Père Lachaise: 110 Acres
Both were created relatively far outside of the city, at that time
Graceland because of the Chicago Fire and health concerns about the shallow graves in Lincoln Park, and fear of cholera affecting the water supply
Père Lachaise was created due to the crowded cemeteries of Paris. Skeletal remains of 8 million occupants were also moved underground to ossuaries, or catacombs

Père Lachaise has the tragic love story of Héloïse et Abélard
Graceland has the mystery of Inez Clarke

Both venues bear superstitions surrounding certain statues, of Victor Noir in Père Lachaise and Eternal Silence in Graceland

Although it would be difficult to match the numerous range of statues in Père Lachaise
Graceland has it’s own impressive monuments by Chicago architects, the designer of the Lincoln Memorial in DC and two statures by Lorado Taft

At Graceland Cemetery we may discover:
A US Supreme Court Justice
Mayors, Governors and Legislators
Chicagoans who are familiar because they share the name of a local street, a business or theater
A plethora of Architects and Inventors
Captains of Industry
Publishers and Writers
Painters, Dancers and Actors
The 1st African American Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mr Cub, Ernie Banks!
And Roger Ebert

Find a Grave in Graceland Cemetery (findagrave.com)
List of Graceland Biographies (gracelandcemetery.org)

Official Graceland Cemetery Site (gracelandcemetery.org)
Graceland Cemetery (wikipedia)
Graceland A Poem by Carl Sandburg

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