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Waldheim Cemetery Information & Maps

Cemetery Office
1400 Des Plaines Avenue
Forest Park, IL 60130
(800) 222-4541
(708) 366-4101

Waldheim Jewish Cemetery was founded during the second wave of Jewish immigration to Chicago in the late 19th century.  With immigrants insisting on their own Jewish cemeteries, these groups eagerly looked for a cemetery to sell its members plots in their own specially created sections. Beginning in 1870, over 280 cemetery sections representing various Chicago family groups, synagogues, vereins, landsmanshaften, and other organizations purchased sections in Waldheim Cemetery located in Forest Park, just 9 miles west of the Loop. Waldheim was unique in that, although it was one cemetery, it was comprised of 288 separate cemeteries with different owners, prices, rules, regulations and individual caretakers. These sections were at one time also rigidly divided by gated fences, and ornate entrances and dividers, some of which still remain today. Source: www.waldheimcemetery.com/history/

 Currently, most sexton duties, supervision of the cemetery sections, are being conducted by Waldheim Cemetery itself, except for those which fall under the supervision of Silverman & Weiss, phone: 708-366-0125. Click here for a full listing.

Waldheim’s first Jewish interment was held in 1873. At that time, funeral processions and visitors faced a day-long excursion from the Maxwell Street neighborhood to the graves of their loved ones. To make it easier for the individuals coming to Waldheim and other nearby cemeteries daily, a special funeral route train service was begun in 1914 on the Metropolitan Elevated “L” tracks. This service operated until July 13, 1934.

Waldheim Cemetery & Gate Society Listings
by alphabetical cemetery names.

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1.  View listings in image format (select image below).

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Waldheim Cemetery Gate Number MAPS 
Showing Lot and Area Details

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Grave Number Details (Gate - Cemetery - Row - Block)

Office Area 1 thru 17 details

Shopping Center Area details

Gates 38 thru 61 details

West Side Des Plaines Avenue Area

Gates 3 thru 19 details

Gates 14 thru 23 details

Gates 24 thru 30 details

Gates 42A thru 54 details

Gates 90 thru 127 details

Additional information about the Societies and their associated towns and countries can be found here.

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