Arrival in Chicago: straight to the cemetery.

I’ve been in Chicago 2 days. I arrived to sunshine and snow and very low temperatures- lovely high-pressure weather.

downtown Chicago

I’m staying with MK (aka Comic Nurse) and Cindy and their lovely Wheaten Terrier, Alice Bea. I am very lucky.

MK and Cindy


On Sunday, MK took me to look round Graceland Cemetary as I had missed it last time I was here. We paid our respects at the grave of Mies Van Der Rohe

Mies' grave

It is a truly amazing place, full of impressive monuments to the dead, and a pretty creepy sculpture by Lorado Taft

Eternal Silence, by Lorado Taft

Some more funereal stuff:

Martin Ryerson's grave (Owner of a sawmill, possibly like the one on Twin Peaks)

Peter Schoenhoffen's Grave (brewer)

as we were standing by this pyramid, a man walked over and said that he passed by this grave every day and had occasionally seen the head of the sphynx rotate ‘real slow, so slow that you hardly notice’


the allegedly 'rotating' sphynx head

peeking inside the pyramid

This grave has its own jetty. I think a small boat moored there would have been a nice touch

an understated resting place for a husband and wife.

this is the grave of a Doctor and his mother

and here lies another doctor, together with his *wives*. class!

OK, last one for now:

Mr Pulman of the eponymous coaches. He was into symmetry, big time.

I learned quite a bit about the history of Chicago and the families (and egos)  of the industrialists from walking round the cemetery with MK.


4 thoughts on “Arrival in Chicago: straight to the cemetery.

  1. Your post title made me think of what my dad always says when he’s (working) in the ICU: “Thankfully, I’m just visiting & not a permanent resident”–glad you were just visiting the cemetery…Also, nice Twin Peaks Call out & the Pyramid makes me think of the cemetery scene in “From Hell”–perhaps the pyramid guy was a mason?

  2. hehe! who know’s? maybe he has a den inside that black marble mausoleum. It is big enough for a bedroom and living area. He’s just hiding out and is going to reappear and wreak revenge on his business rivals

  3. Love the tour of the cemetery, but even more than that the lovely picture of MK and Cindy’s house. As someone who grew up just 90 miles (or so) north of there, I have midwestern homesickness!

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