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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Lowland Gorilla Family

Lowland Gorilla Family

Location Notes: Near Regenstein Center for African Apes

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 2004

Artist : Bill Wieger

Margate Park Playground Art

Margate Park Playground Art

Location Notes: On axis with W. Margate Terrace between N. Marine Drive and N. Lake Shore Drive

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Artwork Created: 2004

Artist: Corinne D. Peterson assisted by Sonata Kazimieraitiene (ceramic mural); Ginny Sykes (mosaic); Roman Villareal; (limestone sculptures); Jim Brenner (steel sculptures) and Chicago Public Art Group

Other Designer: Smith Group, JJR, landscape architect

Mid Summer Gate

Mid Summer Gate

Location Notes: Diversey Driving Range Entrance

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2017

Artist: Carl Billingsly

Medium: Powder Coated Steel

Mother and Baby Pygmy Hippo

Mother and Baby Pygmy Hippo

Location Notes: Inside Regenstein African Journey near pygmy hippo exhibit

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Indoor, Sculpture

Artwork Created: 1957

Artwork Installed: 1988

Artwork Relocated: 2006

Artist: Henry Mitchell

Nekay

Nekay

Location Notes: LSD @ Diversey Harbor - N of Inlet

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2010

Installation Duration: Winter 2013 - Spring 2016

Artist: Terry Karpowicz

Medium: Granite, Steel

Old Fishing Hole

Old Fishing Hole

Location Notes: Near Flamingo and Waterfowl Lagoon Waterfall

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 1987

Artwork Relocated: 2003

Artist: Peter Darro

Pathfinders

Pathfinders

Location Notes: Entrance to the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 2005

Artist: Veryl Goodnight

Peace and Justice

Peace and Justice

Location Notes: Peace Garden just east of Buena Avenue Underpass

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artist: Margo McMahon

Peace Garden Mosaic

Peace Garden Mosaic

Location Notes: East side of pedestrian underpass at Buena Avenue

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Artwork Created: 1986

Artist: Lynn Takata

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

Location Notes: Near polar bear habitat

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Alternative Title: The final frontier

Artwork Installed: 2008

Artist : Viktor E. Bougaev

Putnam Chain

Putnam Chain

Location Notes: Just east of Chicago History Museum

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Object

Artwork Installed: 1921

Rabbit and Butterfly

Rabbit and Butterfly

Location Notes: Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo outdoor area near Beaver Lodge discovery window

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculptural Fountain

Artwork Installed: 1985

Artwork Relocated: 2006

Artist: H. Wheatley Allen

Rhythm and Views

Rhythm and Views

Location Notes: Underpass at Belmont and Lake Shore Drive

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Artwork Created: 2011

Artist: Tracy Van Duinen, Todd Osborne, and Phil Schuster

Richard Oglesby Monument

Richard Oglesby Monument

Location Notes: West of N. Cannon Drive and north of W. Fullerton Parkway

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 1919

Artist: Leonard Crunelle

Rites of Spring

Rites of Spring

Location Notes: West of antelope/zebra exhibits

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Created: 1952

Artwork Installed: 2004

Artwork Relocated: 2004

Artist: Milton Horn

Robert Cavelier de LaSalle Monument

Robert Cavelier de LaSalle Monument

Location Notes: East of N. Clark Street and north of N. LaSalle Drive

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 1889

Artwork Relocated: 1990

Artist: Count Jacques de la Laing

Other Designer: CPD

Roscoe Playground Art

Roscoe Playground Art

Location Notes: East of N. Lake Shore Drive, on axis with W. Roscoe Avenue

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Artwork Installed: 2006

Artist: Phil Schuster and Jon Pounds for Chicago Public Art Group

Seal and Sea Lion

Seal and Sea Lion

Location Notes: Kovler Sea Lion Pool

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 2002

Artist: Dino C. Crisanti

Siblings

Siblings

Location Notes: East of N. Clark Street near entrance to Matthew Laflin Memorial Building on axis with W. Armitage Avenue

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 1997

Artist: Rosetta

Spintronic

Spintronic

Location Notes: LaSalle/Clark NE (S of History Mus Pkng)

Park: Lincoln Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2013

Installation Duration: Summer 2015 - Summer 2016

Artist: Nicole Beck (CSE Ex.)

Medium: Painted steel, Dichroic glass

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