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Mt Carmel Cemetery Walk

  • 8 Jul 2023
  • 10:00 AM
  • Mt Carmel Cemetery 1400 South Wolf Rd Hillside IL


Mt Carmel Cemetery Walk

Mt Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois is a wonderful historic Chicago cemetery very much worth a visit. The cemetery is the final resting place of a very large number of Chicago’s 19th century Irish Catholic immigrant population. Besides the Irish, the west side of the cemetery is “home” to a very large number of Chicago’s Italian Roman Catholic immigrant population. The gravestones for many buried here have ceramic individual photos attached to them. Passing along such stones is a fascinating experience.

The cemetery also contains a number of unique family statuary stones including that of Julia Buccola Petta, a rotating family group statue “stone,” as well as a “mailbox” stone.  A “city street” of family mausoleums are also notable.  At the center of the cemetery is the large Mausoleum for Chicago cardinals. Visitors will also visit the end of the line for most of Chicago’s infamous gangsters of the 1920s and 1930’s. Our cemetery walk guide will be Craig Pfannkuche.

Registration is required via the CGS website and will close Friday, 7 July at 3:00pm CST. Attendees will receive an email after registration closes with a cemetery map detailing information on the meeting spot.

If you are unable to attend, we plan on live streaming some of the cemetery walk that morning on Facebook so check it out. 

Member Gravestone Photo Request

***CGS Members*** The CGS Cemetery Committee is offering to take gravestone photos for members at the Mt Carmel Cemetery. One request per member please. Please check FindAGrave and BillionGraves websites first to see if a photo is already available. Depending on the number of requests received, it may not be possible for volunteers to complete every one. Also, volunteers may not be successful in finding the requested graves. If the grave is located, you will be emailed photo(s) of the gravestone and CGS will also load the photos on FindAGrave.

Provide the name, dates, and location (section, plot) for your photo request. To look up a grave location, go to and on the top bar select “Find Your Loved One.” Requests will be taken between May 1- June 30. Email to CGS Attn: Mt Carmel Cemetery Gravestone Photo Request.  

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