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Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hillside

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Mount Carmel Cemetery is a Roman Catholic cemetery located in the Chicago suburb of Hillside, Illinois. Mount Carmel is an active cemetery, located within the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. It is located near the Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290) at Wolf and Roosevelt Roads. Another Catholic cemetery, Queen of Heaven, is located immediately south of Mount Carmel, across Roosevelt Road.

Mount Carmel Cemetery was consecrated in 1901 and is currently 214 acres (0.87 km2) in size. It maintained its own office until 1965, when it combined operations with Queen of Heaven Cemetery. There are more than 226,275 remains at Mount Carmel and about 800 remains are interred there annually.

Mount Carmel Cemetery is also the final resting place of numerous local organized crime figures, the most notorious of these being Al Capone. In all, the cemetery grounds contain over 400 family mausoleums.

Many remains at the cemetery are people of Italian ancestry. The cemetery contains hundreds of headstones and monuments adorned with statues and elaborate engravings of religious figures such as Jesus, The Blessed Mother and many saints as well as angels. Many of the tombstones contain photographs of the inhabitants, reflecting a custom common in Italian cemeteries.

The cemetery contains Commonwealth war graves of two World War I soldiers of the Canadian Army.
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  • We went to this cemetery to see some mobster graves. It is really huge and there are many interesting graves. I wish it wasn’t that hot that day and I could have spent more time there. If you’re in...  more »
  • I think i read mount carmel has a population of 70,000.. Capone, and three italian bride bride are the two highlights . Multiple entrances if your looking specifically for those two be aware.  more »
  • We travel from Ohio to visit the cemetery at least once a year. The Monuments are gorgeous and there are so many notable names here. we always visit Al Capone.
  • Very cool cemetery with a lot of history.

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