Graceland Cemetery

Every October, the Chicago Architecture Foundation offers guided tours of Graceland Cemetery, which is just a couple of blocks from where I live. It was unseasonably chilly, but this was a fascinating chance to see sculptures by Laredo Taft (including an eerie statue of a hooded death-like figure) and ornamentation by Louis Sullivan and other noted designers – and the resting places of Chicago tycoons, boxing champion Jack Johnson and perhaps the most courageous politician Illinois has ever produced, Governor John Peter Altgeld, who pardoned the anarchists imprisoned for the Haymarket Square bombing. You don’t need a guided tour to look around inside Graceland; I know I’ll be back for return visits.