The Conference has contracted with Continental Air Transportation to provide transportation from the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile to the Chicago-area Jewish cemeteries and secular cemeteries with Jewish sections. Continental is the same company that provides shuttle service from and to O'Hare and Midway airports. The transportation will be provided in ten-passenger air conditioned vans. The vans will pick up cemetery visitors at the Marriott and transport them to the cemetery office or, if there is no office on-site, the cemetery entrance. Visitors will be picked up three hours later at the cemetery office or cemetery entrance, as applicable, and returned to the Marriott.
For transportation purposes, the cemeteries have been grouped as follows:
Jewish Waldheim Cemeteries (including Free Sons of Israel, Silverman &
Weiss, and Waldheim Cemetery Co.)
Oakridge and Glen Oak Cemeteries
Ridgelawn Cemetery (including Beth El Cemetery)
Rosemont Park (including B'nai Brith, B'nai Jehoshua, Isaiah Israel, and
Mt. Mayriv Cemeteries)
Westlawn Cemetery and Mausoleum Association, Inc.
The transportation schedule will be as follows:
Day Leave Return Cemeteries
Sunday, 8:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. West Side
Monday, 8:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. West Side
August 18 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Northwest Side
Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. West Side
If a trip for which you are registered is cancelled, you will be offered your choice of an alternative trip, if available, or a refund of your reservation fee.
Return trips should arrive at the Marriott by the return times stated above. Return times are approximate, however, depending on traffic and other factors beyond our control.
The charge for each round-trip is $30.00 per person. Guests are welcome, even if they are not registered for the Conference. Advance reservations are required.
We strongly suggest that those wishing to visit the cemeteries contact the cemeteries NOW to obtain burial locations and, if necessary, maps.
Contact information for the cemeteries may be found at
Waldheim Cemetery Company maintains a website at
with a form for requesting burial information on-line. Please let the cemetery know that you will be visiting the cemetery in mid-August while you are visiting Chicago to attend the IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois has burial information and maps for Beverly cemetery, the Jewish Graceland cemeteries, Westlawn cemetery, and some individual sections of other cemeteries at
Maps for the Jewish Waldheim cemeteries and Oakwoods cemetery may be found at
When requesting burial information, it will help the cemetery if you provide as much information as possible (family name, including possible alternative spellings, given name in English and in Hebrew or Yiddish, date of death or burial, names of father and mother, names of persons who may be buried adjacent to the person in whom you are interested). If your list is long, it would be advisable to submit it to the cemetery in writing. Send it by postal mail, e-mail, or facsimile. Please bring the information and any response you receive from the cemetery with you when you visit. You should not wait to contact the cemeteries, as they may not be able to help you at the last minute.
When visiting the cemeteries, you should bring everything you may need with you, including a broad-brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, umbrella, plenty of water, a cell phone, comfortable walking shoes, writing materials, maps, camera, extra batteries, film, money, a credit card, etc., etc. Most of the Chicago-area cemeteries are in relatively good condition, and we are not specifically aware of poison ivy in any of them. Nevertheless, you should be prepared, dress appropriately, and take adequate precautions for your health and safety. If you have difficulty walking, especially on rough or uneven terrain, you may wish to consider whether a trip to a cemetery is a good idea for you.
DISCLAIMER: The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, the Illiana Genealogical Society, and their volunteers will not be responsible for any accident, injury, illness, or loss whatsoever occurring in a cemetery or in transit to or from a cemetery.