Woodlawn Memorial Park, Forest Park
About Woodlawn Memorial Park, Forest Park
Spread over 100 acres, Woodlawn Memorial Park features rolling green lawns and beautiful monuments. The first burial took place here in 1912. Today, the cemetery offers a variety of in-ground and above-ground burial options, including 2 large community mausoleums, one of which, the Des Plaines Mausoleum, holds 75 people for committal services. Our cremation choices include ground burial and mausoleum niches.
One of the more famous areas of the cemetery property is Showmen’s Rest, a 750-plot section reserved mostly for circus performers. In 1918, the Showman’s League of America designated a portion of Woodlawn Memorial Park as the final resting place for approximately 60 members of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, who were killed in a train wreck. Five statues of elephants with lowered trunks surround the area (although no elephants are buried at the cemetery). To this day, many circus performers still choose to be buried at Showman’s Rest at Woodlawn.