Grave Robbing 101: Walking Tour of the Old City Cemetery

Everything you need to launch YOUR career as a 19th century body snatcher – the Mysterious Chicago way!

Upcoming Dates for 2016 (Last Wednesday of the month Jul-Sept, Wednesdays in October):
July 26, Aug 30, Sept 27, Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 18, Oct 25.


A variation on the “Ghosts of Lincoln Park” tour that focuses more on a little known – but totally fascinating – side of the park’s history. When the park was the old City Cemetery, they had a HUGE problem with grave robbing. Chicago had a number of medical schools, and they were always in need of bodies. Doctors couldn’t be trained without them. Stories of grave robbers preying on the grounds were common – even the official cemetery manager got in on the act!

GRAVE ROBBING 101 shows relics of the City Cemetery (including a “tomb snooping” demonstration), tells stories of the grave robbing that took place right in the park, and teaches several tricks of the trade. There may be a test!

Public “Grave Robbing 101” tours are offered seasonally; private tours any time. Hey, Adam’ll brave the snow. Even though most grave robbers didn’t. Frozen ground was too hard to dig. A really fun choice for school groups! Stories are tied to medical history, the civil war, and the growth of “garden” cemeteries.
See articles from “Grave Robbing Week” on the Mysterious Chicago Blog.