Spread across a whopping 350 acres in Lincoln Square, Rosehill is Chicago's largest cemetery, so set aside a few hours to explore its storied grounds. Enter through the Rosehill entrance on Ravenswood Avenue, where you'll pass beneath a stately, castle-like entrance gate (designed by William Boyington, who also worked on the Chicago Water Tower pumping station); once inside, you'll find winding paths, stunning crypts and the burial sites of famous folks like hot dog titan Oscar Mayer and John G. Shedd. Don't miss the cemetery's intricate mausoleum and lore-steeped statues, like the glass-encased sculpture above the gravesite of Frances Pearce and her infant daughter, said to fill with spooky mist on the anniversary of the young woman's death.
If you're angling to spend an afternoon soaking in quiet natural settings, classic architecture and plenty of historical lore, look no further than Chicago's cemeteries. These contemplative locales, some of which date back to the 19th century, serve as the final resting spots of countless famous Chicagoans—so many, in fact, that you could spend hours getting lost among the stately tombstones and crypts studding their manicured grounds, which rival the even the most scenic Chicago parks. Unsurprisingly, many of these spots also number among the most haunted places in Chicago, so try not get too scared when you visit the most beautiful cemeteries in Chicago.
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