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Graceland Cemetery Reopens After August Storm Causes ‘Extensive’ Damage

The historic cemetery lost 200 trees in the powerful Aug. 10 storm, according to reports.

An ornamental crown of a tomb rests on the ground at Graceland Cemetery & Arboretum.
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UPTOWN — Graceland Cemetery & Arboretum has reopened following a month-long closure to repair “extensive” damage caused by last month’s powerful storm.

The historic cemetery and popular walking and running destination at 4001 N. Clark St. opened its gates at 8 a.m. Wednesday for the first time since Aug. 10, when a storm bringing 80-mile-per-hour winds battered trees and monuments.

Graceland lost 200 trees and racked up $250,000 in repair costs, according to the Chicago Tribune. Management did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday.

“Our power is on but we will likely be closed for a very long period of time out of concern for safety,” Graceland’s management wrote on Twitter following the storm.

Work is still ongoing but much of the damage and debris caused by the storm has been removed or repaired. The grounds where trees fell have been leveled and covered in straw.

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Graceland Cemetery’s tree canopy suffered extensive damage in the Aug. 10 derecho.

Buildings at Graceland remain closed, according to cemetery management.

Graceland opened in 1860 and is the final resting place of many notable Chicagoans, including Daniel Burnham, architect Louis Sullivan, train magnate George Pullman and World Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson.

Cemetery gates will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

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Graceland Cemetery’s tree canopy suffered extensive damage in the Aug. 10 derecho.

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