About

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.

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

Water feature at Ridgewood Memorial ParkAlthough 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

Signage at Ridgewood Memorial ParkSituated 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

Cemetery grounds at Ridgewood Memorial ParkWe 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.

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Ratings & Reviews

Verified Customer Reviews

Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"The whole thing was a really great experiance. Thanks Randy Jaacks"

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November 2021

"For us, the attention to detail regarding our Armenian heritage and the location where most Armenians are laid to rest showcased a great level of care. Georgia right away let us know and showed us the area with a deep understanding of Armenian Christian protocols around funerals and burials. We did not get that high quality of treatment anywhere else. In our time of deep sadness, Georgia provided a light of hope and understanding not many people can for families faced with these decisions."

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October 2021

"Staff was very caring and informative"

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August 2021

"Professional, friendly and kind. Always going out of their way to take care of your loved ones."

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April 2021

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