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"West of the River" Cemetery Tour

peggy cemetery tour
July 21, 2024 - 10:00:am — 11:30:am
Forest Home Cemetery- West Entrance

1st Ave. and Fillmore
United States


Have you ever wondered what's across the bridge at Forest Home Cemetery? If so, join Oak Park River Forest Museum docents for a walking tour to learn more about the people, organizations and stories found west of the Des Plaines River. Find out about the Bill Posters Union and the Cigar Makers International Union, veterans’ and fraternal groups, ethnic areas, the founder of the world’s first blood bank, a well-known radio personality, and more. NOTE—this is a walking tour only, not a character tour like our October Cemetery Walk.

The summer tour meets inside the First Avenue gate of the cemetery at 10 a.m. and will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are $10 each or $8 for members. Spaces are limited, so order your tickets today on our website or by phone at 708-848-6755.

Please wear good walking shoes and bring your own water if needed. No refunds will be given for reservations cancelled less than 24 hours prior to the event. Restrooms and water fountains will NOT be available at the cemetery, and the cemetery bridge over the Des Plaines River is currently closed. 

Enter Forest Home Cemetery at the First Avenue entrance, which is on Fillmore Street, immediately north of Proviso Math and Science Academy. Beyond the garden mausoleums on the right is a large, open area. We suggest parking around there. Tour will begin at the first intersection east of the entrance.