Ridgewood Memorial Park in Des Plaines, Illinois, has provided cemetery services for Chicago-area families since 1920. The 168-acre memorial park is a sanctuary for remembrance and contemplation that offers a quiet, natural respite from the busy city. Beautifully landscaped with an abundance of stately mature maple, oak and blue spruce trees, our spectacular grounds feature 2 lakes that add to the serene setting.
- Veterans cemetery section
- Flexible chapel space
- Waterside views
- Large capacity chapel up to 250
- Family estates
- Flat markers
- Upright headstones
- Coffee lounge
- Onsite cemetery
Religious & Cultural
- Multicultural funerals
- Muslim cemetery section
- Cremation remembrance jewelry
- Cremation cemetery options
- Cremation niches
- Arrangements by phone and email
Cultural and religious inclusion
A member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery providers, Ridgewood Memorial Park is a non-sectarian cemetery that is open to people of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds. Our team members are well-versed in a wide variety of burial rites and customs and work with you to ensure that our cemetery services meet your every need. We also have team members who speak Greek and Korean.
Burial options for every family
Although Ridgewood Memorial Park dates back to 1920, we are glad to meet the preferences of modern families for services ranging from traditional burial to cremation and urn memorialization to mausoleum entombment. For those looking for family areas, we have private estates and private familial areas. If you prefer to be near the water, we have bench estates that overlook Swan Lake. We have a wide variety of in-ground, above-ground and memorialization options to suit you or your loved one’s needs.
Both our outdoor Tower Lake Mausoleum (which faces one of our beautiful lakes) and the indoor Swan Lake Mausoleum (named for the swans that live there) offer many options for families who select mausoleum entombment. Swan Lake Mausoleum includes a circular chapel that seats 200 people. Individual mausoleum crypts, companion crypts, private family rooms and marble- and glass-front niches are available in this state-of-the-art building. Glass-front niches can be personalized with flowers, keepsakes and photographs—all of which help tell your loved one’s life story.
No matter which option you choose for your loved one’s final resting spot, we can help you customize the property to make it a truly one-of-a-kind memorial.
Beautiful chapels on the cemetery grounds
Ridgewood Memorial Park has several areas for memorial and committal services. Within the Swan Lake Mausoleum, the Swan Lake Chapel overlooks Swan Lake. The modern, light-filled chapel holds 150-200 guests and has a catering kitchen. Unlike many chapels, Swan Lake is in the shape of a circle and has many windows that let in plenty of natural light.
Des Plaines has a rich and vibrant Greek community. Our ornate Greek Chapel celebrates those of the Greek Orthodox faith. It has icon murals on every wall that depict Christian themes such as the resurrection and crucifixion of Christ, and a magnificent carved wooden altar sits at the front of the chapel.
At Ridgewood Memorial Park, we can take care of virtually all of your burial needs.
Convenient cemetery location
Situated 4.5 miles northwest of Chicago on Milwaukee Avenue (Illinois 21), Ridgewood Memorial Park is a beautifully located gem for Des Plaines and surrounding communities. We are located between Golf Road, North Milwaukee Avenue, Central Road and Route 294. We are a short drive to Kloempken Prairie, Community Park West and the Golf Mill Shopping Center. For those traveling by air, we are a short drive from both Chicago O’Hare and Midway airports.
We invite you to stop by to meet our associates and tour our cemetery property. Please give us a call for any reason. We are here to serve you.
Military and veterans funerals
We are proud to serve the military families of Des Plaines, Chicago and beyond at Ridgewood Memorial Park. We are well-versed in military memorials with honors and have a reserved military section within our cemetery. We also host a yearly Memorial Day service to honor military members memorialized at the cemetery.
At Ridgewood Memorial Park, we believe that every member of the military has the right to a dignified service. Because of this, we participate in the Homeless Veterans Burial Program and work with local and national organizations to ensure that no matter the circumstances, all local veterans receive a dignified memorial.
Active in the Chicago community
Ridgewood Memorial Park is involved in the Chicago and surrounding area communities. Each year, we host several events open to the families we serve and the Chicago-area community: a Memorial Day service; a 9/11 service at our 9/11 memorial that includes 1 of the World Trade Center beams; and a remembrance service in December. We also host a Mother’s Day event, complete with flowers for all who visit. Additionally, members of our team are involved with the American Diabetes Association and participate in both the ADA ride and walk.
"Hope this was the last funeral i will ever have to arrange. Have planned 6 with this cemetary."
"We had everything prearranged and the memorial service was held in the chapel so everything went well."
"The staff at ridgewood cemetery was professional in every way to provide a meaningful, dignified service for my mother. Thank you for your expertise."
"Everything went as planned and all of our requirements were met. The staff was very attentive and supportive."
"All stated above, no discount for moving from graveside to chapel. Funeral was prepaid. $1000 fee was a bad experience"