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Graveyards of Chicago (second edition), written by Matt Hucke and Ursula Bielski, incorporates within its more than 400 pages a wealth of information for taphophiles and anyone interested in Chicago. Besides cataloging the cemeteries within the city boundaries and the outlying suburbs, this treasure provides biographical sketches of famous and infamous residents. It recounts eye-opening revelations about their lives and adventures. Informative selections supply readers with details relating to cemeteries, burial rites, and historical data. It even reveals eerie tales of spooky happenings in these cemeteries.

Within the pages of Graveyards of Chicago nearly 300 photographs, most of them by Matt Hucke, portray statues and monuments from nearly every cemetery. These illustrations reveal the stunning art, statuary, and architecture of Chicago’s cemeteries. All the black and white photographs are clear and beautifully arranged.

The book is organized according to geographical location. It begins with introductions by Matt Hucke and Ursula Bielski. City cemeteries in the north, west, and south communities are examined next followed by cemeteries in suburban north, west, and south communities. These chapters are succeeded by chapters on “Burials Outside of Cemeteries” and “Burials in Outlying Sites.” A noteworthy article on “Cemetery Restoration and Preservation” by Angie Johnson follows. The remaining sections are a bibliography, an index, “Acknowledgements”, and “About the Authors.”

Taphophiles who study cemeteries will cherish this book. Chicago history enthusiasts will treasure it as a valued resource and a scholarly volume. Those searching for a final resting place for their loved ones will find all the information they need in this paperback. Artists will admire the magnificent artwork showcased by the photographs.

Graveyards of Chicago is highly recommended to Chicagoans and everyone interested in Chicago. Learning about Chicago’s cemeteries is informative.

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