The Chicago Genealogical Society invites you to join us on Saturday, August 26th for the recreation of a funeral trip “by the cars” to the famous Forest Home Cemetery. In the era before the automobile, caskets bearing the deceased were often transported to Chicago’s outlying cemeteries by special funeral cars along the Chicago Street Railways. We plan to follow a similar route with Chicago Historian Craig Pfannkuche as our trip guide and cemetery tour leader. The train ends in Forest Park and we walk a short distance to Forest Home Cemetery. It was originally two separate cemeteries, Forest Home and German Waldheim, they have been merged into one with an abundance of tree and other wild life. The cemetery was once an Indian burial ground until 1835. Anarchist and pioneer feminist, Emma Goldman is buried here as well as Billy Sunday the baseball player and evangelist. There are several notable monuments including the Haymarket, Druids and Odd Fellows.

The group will meet at Chicago’s Union Station in the southwest corner of the “Great Room” BETWEEN 9:15AM & 9:30 AM (Clinton Street entrance north of Jackson). Bathrooms are readily available there as well as food on the station’s east side upper level. A “Dunkin Donuts” is available on the south side of Jackson just west of Clinton.

Auto parking is available on the west side of Clinton Street south of Jackson for $9. Parking is also available at the multi deck “Amtrack” parking garage just south of the station for $12 as well as at a lot on Clinton just south of the Eisenhower Expressway overpass, also for $12.    

We will leave from the southwest corner of the station at 9:30 AM and walk south on Clinton to the “Blue Line” subway stop. People who do not have transit cards can purchase them there. What will be needed will be $4.50 for a round trip (2 rides). Value can be added there to those carrying Ventra transit cards

Schedule – 9:15AM – 9:30AM meet at Chicago’s Union Station. We will then walk to and take the “Blue Line” subway to the Forest Park stop. Then we will walk a short distance to Forest Home Cemetery. Craig will give us a tour of the cemetery and share the history & information about who are buried there (about 1 hour). We will then take the “Blue Line” back downtown. We plan to be back at Union Station at approximately 1:00PM. Those that are interested will meet at Pot Belly (Clinton and Jackson) for a late lunch afterwards.      

This program is free. Email questions to See you soon.


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Funeral by the Cars to Forest Home Cemetery: A Modern-day Field Trip