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Oakwood Cemetery Walk

Save the Date for the Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk. Theme this year is "Typical Illinois" to celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial.

The 24th Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk is Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 12:00-5:00 pm.  The Cemetery Walk is sponsored by the Waukegan Park District, Waukegan Historical Society and the City of Waukegan.  The Oakwood Cemetery Walk is an annual “living history” event that showcases the rich history of Waukegan through costumed actors portraying local historical figures with connections to the cemetery and Waukegan, Illinois. 

Featured stories this year include:

*A Chicago Gangster in Town   *An Illinois Governor on Trial   *The End of the North Shore Line   *A Write of the Illinois Constitution   *A Flip-Flopping Politician   *Abraham Lincoln's Visit   *A Voting Issue   *Waukegan vs. Cubs & White Sox   *And More!*

The Cemetery Walk starts at Lilac Cottage in Bowen Park-1911 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan, IL, 60087.  Buses will depart from Lilac Cottage to Oakwood Cemetery at 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, and 3:15pm.  Ticket prices are $5 in advance and $10 the day of the event.  Advance tickets can be purchased at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts-39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park, the Belvidere Recreation Center-412 S. Lewis Avenue in Belvidere Park, the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center at Hinkston Park-800 Baldwin Avenue and online at  When registering online, go to “Program Registration” and search for “Tickets.”  Day of tickets can be purchase by cash or check at Lilac Cottage starting at 11:00am.  Limited tickets are available.

There is no public parking at Oakwood Cemetery.  Each tour is expected to run approximately 1.5 hours and will include walking on uneven ground.  The last tour will start at 3:30pm.  The Cemetery Walk will proceed during inclement weather.  The Waukegan History Museum will be open from 11:00am-4:00pm during the event. 

For more information please contact Ty Rohrer-Museum Supervisor at 847-336-1859 or the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740 or visit

Later Event: October 7
Waukegan Tour of Homes