Forest Home Cemetery

Street Address: 
863 Des Plaines Avenue
Forest Park, IL

Forest Home Cemetery was founded in 1873 on the site of a Pottawatomie burial ground. In 1969 it merged with the adjacent Waldheim German Cemetery, which now forms its northeast corner. Notable burials include Emma Goldman, Ernest Hemingway’s parents, and a number of labor activists. It is the site of the Haymarket Martyrs Memorial.


Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest. Nature’s Choicest Spot: A Guide to Forest Home and German Waldheim Cemeteries
Oak Park, Ill.: Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest, 1998
Call No. F547.C7 N37 1998

Hucke, Matt, and Ursula Bielski. Graveyards of Chicago: The People, History, Art, and Lore of Cook County Cemeteries
Chicago, Ill.: Lake Claremont Press, 2013 (2nd ed.)
Call No. Chicago Browsing F547.C7 H84 2013

Records of Waldheim and Forest Home Cemeteries, Forest Park, Illinois
Microfilm; 5 reels.  Chicago, Ill.: Newberry Library Photoduplication Service, 1997.
Call No. Local History Ref Microfilm 1215

Rogovin, Mark, ed. The Day Will Come: Honoring Our Working Class Heroes: Stories of the Haymarket Martyrs and the Men and Women Buried alongside the Haymarket Martyrs Monument in the Forest Home Cemetery
Chicago, Ill.: Illinois Labor History Society, 2011
Call No. folio HX846.C4 D39 2011

Simon, Andreas. Chicago, the Garden City: Its Magnificent Parks, Boulevards and Cemeteries: Together with Other Descriptive Views and Sketches
Chicago, Ill.: Franz Gindele Printing Co., 1893
Call No. W19.70
Digital copy available from the Open Content Alliance/Internet Archive


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1873 - 9999

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