Chicago, Illinois: Statue of Death - Grim ReaperBronze statue of what appears to be the Grim Reaper, in a cemetery known for its ostentatious monuments.
- 4001 N. Clark St ., Chicago, IL
- Graceland Cemetery, Clark St. and W Irving Park Rd.
- 8 am - 4:30 pm.
Visitor Tips and News About Statue of Death - Grim Reaper
This statue is actually called "Eternal Silence" and it has a fun/ghastly legend attached to it. It's said that if you look the statue in the eye, you'll die shortly afterwards.
Graceland Cemetery is pretty neat. Some of the famous people buried there include Pinkerton of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, the architect Sullivan, the Marshall Fields, the Potter Palmers, and Armour of Amour Vienna Sausages.[Katy Spindler, 03/18/2012]
The statue, sculpted in 1909 by Lorado Taft, guards the tomb of hotelier Dexter Graves. It's become creepier as its hooded cloak has turned green with age, while the sheltered face has remained its original near-black.
This is the place where many of Chicago big cats ended up pushing up daisies. There are huge monuments to the dearly departed, often with very interesting design features. The statue of Death is one of the most creepy I've seen. If you're in Chi town and get tired of walking around Wrigley Field, and are looking for a change, head over to Graceland Cemetery.[Phrank Phester, 10/12/2011]