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Chicago, Illinois: Statue of Death: Grim Reaper

Green-bronze statue of what appears to be the Grim Reaper, in a cemetery known for its ostentatious monuments. Officially named "Eternal Silence," sculpted in 1907 by Lorado Taft for a guy named Graves.

Graceland Cemetery

4001 N. Clark St ., Chicago, IL
Graceland Cemetery, Clark St. and W Irving Park Rd.
Gates open M-F 8-4, Sa-Su 9-4 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Grim Reaper.

Statue of Death - Grim Reaper

It's off to the right and down a bit from the entrance. Super creepy and cool.

[Skeetz, 06/06/2015]
Statue of Death - Grim Reaper

Would have to say this is one of the most interesting and beautiful cemeteries in Chicagoland and pretty much anywhere I've visited. This statue is not the only one with a ghostly past. Check out Little Inez, the girl in the glass box; she's said to make the rounds at night.

[Ms. Kirsten, 06/07/2014]
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.

Statue of Death.

Statue of Death - Grim Reaper

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]

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