Altgeld

John Peter Altgeld Monument in Lincoln Park, photo by Michael Knapp, Illinois State Geological Survey.

Artworks & Monuments

Chicago's parks are the settings for a world-class collection of nearly 300 fountains, monuments, and sculptures. These range from historic sculptures of famous people including Abraham Lincoln and Alexander von Humboldt, to some of the nation's most exciting new artworks such as Grant Park's Agora.

Some lesser known artworks are hidden treasures in the parks, such as the Darius and Girenas Memorial, a sleek Art Deco style monument in Marquette Park. Others, such as the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain or the Lions in front of the Art Institute, are so iconic that they have become symbols of Chicago.

Some of America's most beloved artists have contributed to Chicago's park system. Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of the Presidential Memorial in Mount Rushmore created Lincoln Park's John Peter Altgeld and General Philip Henry Sheridan monuments. Daniel Chester French, the artist of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. produced several Chicago sculptures including The Statue of the Republic in Jackson Park.

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Mosaic

Mosaic

Location Notes: Field house lobby

Park: Anderson Playground Park

Park: (312) 747-6007

Descriptors: Indoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Artwork Created: 1999

Artist: Jewell Pates

Christopher Columbus Monument

Christopher Columbus Monument

Location Notes: Near playground shelter

Park: Arrigo Park

Park: (312) 746-5369

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Created: 1892

Artwork Installed: 1966

Artist: Moses Ezekiel

Playground Art

Playground Art

Location (Park): 3546 W. Addison St.

Park: Athletic Field Park

Park: (773) 478-2889

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Artwork Created: 2008

Artwork Installed: 2008

Artist: Andy Hunt

Embrace

Embrace

Location Notes: Austin Town Hall Cultural Center

Park: Austin Town Hall Park

Park: (773) 287-7658

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2012

Installation Duration: Winter 2014 -Winter 2016

Artist: Bruning, Leslie

Medium: Galv. steel, Powder coated

Libertad

Libertad

Location Notes: Exterior wall

Park: Barrett Park

Park: (312) 746-5491

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mural

Artwork Created: 2008

Artist: Jesus Chucho Rodriguez

A Time of Trumpets

A Time of Trumpets

Location Notes: Playground

Park: Berger Park

Park: (773) 761-0376

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Artwork Created: 2005

Artwork Installed: 2005

Artist: Patricia M. Murphy assisted by Patti Adachi and Ben Seamons

Solstice

Solstice

Location Notes: Berger Park Cultural Center

Park: Berger Park

Park: (773) 761-0376

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2009

Installation Duration: Winter 2015 - Winter 2016

Artist: Little, Tess

Medium: Cast steel

Conner T. Lowry Memorial

Conner T. Lowry Memorial

Location (Park): 2460 W. 102nd St.

Park: Beverly Park

Park: (312) 747-6024

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Created: 2013

Artwork Installed: 2013

Artist: Marshall Svendsen and John Alaniz

American Doughboy

American Doughboy

Location Notes: Near Gate O, Soldier Field

Park: Burnham Park

Park: (312) 742.5369 (permits only)

Descriptors: Indoor, Sculpture

Artwork Alternative Title: Spirit of American Doughboy

Artwork Created: 1926

Artwork Installed: 2003

Artist: Ernest Moore Viquesney

Balbo Monument

Balbo Monument

Location Notes: East of S. Museum Campus Drive, south of E. McFetridge Drive, west of Lakefront Trail

Park: Burnham Park

Park: (312) 742.5369 (permits only)

Descriptors: Outdoor, Object

Artwork Alternative Title: Balbo Column

Artwork Created: 117–38 BCE, shaft c. 1933

Artwork Installed: 1934

Artist: Ancient Roman Artifact/Base: Capraro and Komar architects

Caracol

Caracol

Location Notes: South of McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary 2400 S. LSD at Lakefront

Park: Burnham Park

Park: (312) 742.5369 (permits only)

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary, Gathering Space

Awarded: 2015

Installation Duration: Spring 2016 - Fall 2019

Artist: Georgina Valverde, Diana Solis - Contratiempo(Pilsen)

Non-Profit Partner: contratiempo (Pilsen)

Chicago Firefighter and Paramedic Memorial

Chicago Firefighter and Paramedic Memorial

Location Notes: Southeast of McCormick Place Lakeside Center, adjacent to Lakefront Trail.

Park: Burnham Park

Park: (312) 742.5369 (permits only)

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 2002

Artist: John Alaniz and Marshall Svendsen

Other Designers: Clauss Brothers, Landscape Architects

David Wallach Memorial Fountain

David Wallach Memorial Fountain

Location Notes: Near 55th Street, east of underpass leading to Promontory Point

Park: Burnham Park

Park: (312) 742.5369 (permits only)

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculptural Fountain

Artwork Installed: 1939

Artist: Frederick Cleveland Hibbard (1881–1950) and Elisabeth Haseltine Hibbard (c. 1894–1950)

Don't Feed the Seagulls

Don't Feed the Seagulls

Location Notes: 47th Street comfort station

Park: Burnham Park

Park: (312) 742.5369 (permits only)

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mural

Artwork Created: 2012

Artist: Jeff Zimmermann

Eastern Hophornbeam

Eastern Hophornbeam

Location Notes: East of McCormick place at Burnham Harbor inlet

Park: Burnham Park

Park: (312) 742.5369 (permits only)

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 1992

Installation Duration: Summer 2014 - Summer 2016

Artist: Robert Lobe

Medium: Hammered and tempered aluminum

Gaggle

Gaggle

Location Notes: 2500 South LSD South McCormick Median

Park: Burnham Park

Park: (312) 742.5369 (permits only)

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2015

Installation Duration: Winter 2015 - Indefinitely

Artist: Karen J. Gubitz

Medium: Weaving, Natural fiber

George Halas Memorial

George Halas Memorial

Location Notes: Near Gate 15, Soldier Field

Park: Burnham Park

Park: (312) 742.5369 (permits only)

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Alternative Title: Tribute to George Halas

Artwork Installed: 2004

Artist: Julie Rotblatt-Amrany

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