Icy, Windy Day at Concordia Cemetery


Mausoleum Door

The day began with a heavy wet snow that quickly turned to ice. It clung to the trees and clogged up the roadways across the western suburbs of Chicago. Forest Park is the home of Concordia Cemetery. It lies to the north of the Eisenhower Expressway and can be entered from Madison Street at its northeastern most corner.

The light was waning as I entered the massive gates and headed off to see the graves. Unlike many cemeteries the monuments here are sometimes adjacent to the roadway that runs throughout the property. Many of these monuments are sitting on ground that has heaved up and they are now tilted.

In general the grounds are well-cared for and the buildings that support the site are immaculately kept. It is a place that one could enjoy walking through or even riding your bicycle.

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