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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William McKinley Memorial

William McKinley Memorial

Location Notes: East of N. Western Avenue and south of S. Archer Avenue

Park: McKinley Park

Park: (312) 747-6527

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 1905

Artist: Charles Mulligan

Other Designer: Pond & Pond, architect

Veteran's Memorial

Veteran's Memorial

Location Notes: Corner of W. Irving Park Rd. and N. Narragansett Ave.

Park: Merrimac Park

Park: (773) 685-3382

Descriptors: Outdoor, Object

Artwork Installed: 2009

Artist: Gast Monuments, Inc.

Fountain

Fountain

Location (Park): 401 W. Belden Ave.

Park: Mid-North Park

Park: (312) 742-7726

Descriptors: Outdoor, Fountain

Artwork Installed: 1998

Carl von Linné Monument

Carl von Linné Monument

Location Notes: South of E. 59th Street between S. Ellis Avenue and S. University Avenue

Park: Midway Plaisance Park

Park: (312) 745-2470

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Created: 1891

Artwork Installed: 1891

Artwork Relocated: 1976

Artist: Frithiof Kjellberg

Cheney-Goode Memorial

Cheney-Goode Memorial

Location Notes: Center of Midway Plaisance, west of S. Stony Island Avenue, and east of railroad viaduct

Park: Midway Plaisance Park

Park: (312) 745-2470

Artwork Installed: 1932

Artist: South Park Commission Architects

Thomas Garrigue Masaryk Monument

Thomas Garrigue Masaryk Monument

Location Notes: Center of the Midway and east of S. Blackstone Avenue, west of Metra tracks

Park: Midway Plaisance Park

Park: (312) 745-2470

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Alternative Title: The Blanik Knight

Artwork Created: 1949

Artwork Installed: 1955

Artist: Albin Polásek

WWI Monument

WWI Monument

Location (Park): 6679 N. Avondale Ave.

Park: Monument Playlot Park

Park: (773) 631-6861

Artwork Alternative TItle: Honor Roll for Vets

Artwork Created: c. 1880 (shaft)

Artwork Installed: 1919

Artist: James J. Egan, architect

Playground Art

Playground Art

Location Notes: Playground

Park: Mt. Greenwood Park

Park: (312) 747-6564

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Artwork Installed: 2008

Artist: James Brenner, Todd Osborne and Kristal Pacheco for Chicago Public Art Group

Other Designer : Hitchcock Design Group, landscape architect

Unforgettable

Unforgettable

Location Notes: Playground knee walls

Park: Nat King Cole Park

Park: (312) 747-6063

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Artwork Created: 2011

Artist: Damon Lamar Reed

Bird of Peace

Bird of Peace

Location Notes: South of E. 53rd Street; field house

Park: Nichols Park

Park: (312) 747-2703

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Alternative Titles : Guarding the Nest, The Egg

Artwork Created: 1963

Artwork Installed: 1970

Artwork Relocated: 2004

Artist: Cosmo Campoli

Heron

Heron

Location Notes: Center + NW @ tennis court

Park: Nichols Park

Park: (312) 747-2703

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2015

Installation Duration: Fall 2015 - Indefinitely

Artist: Jim Long

Medium: Chain saw/carved ash

North Fountain

North Fountain

Location Notes: Formal Garden near field house

Park: Nichols Park

Park: (312) 747-2703

Descriptors: Outdoor, Fountain

Artwork Installed: 1992

Artist: Maria Whiteman, landscape architect

Ol’ Blue

Ol’ Blue

Location Notes: SE of tennis court

Park: Nichols Park

Park: (312) 747-2703

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: Fall 2015

Installation Duration: Ephemeral

Artist: Jim Long

Medium: Carved tree

South Fountain

South Fountain

Location Notes: East of S. Kimbark Avenue and north of E. 55th Street

Park: Nichols Park

Park: (312) 747-2703

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculptural Fountain

Artwork Alternative Title: Spinning Water Fountain

Artwork Created: 1967

Artwork installed: 1968

Wolf

Wolf

Location Notes: Center + NW @ tennis court

Park: Nichols Park

Park: (312) 747-2703

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2015

Installation Duration: Fall 2015 - Indefinitely

Artist: Jim Long

Medium: Chain saw/carved ash

Adler Planetarium Sculptural Relief Panels

Adler Planetarium Sculptural Relief Panels

Location Notes: Exterior and Interior of Adler Planetarium

Park: Northerly Island Park

Park: (312) 745-2910 (Fieldhouse)

Park: (312)540-2668 (Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island Box Office)

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Artwork Created: 1930

Artwork Installed: 1930

Artist: Alfonso Iannelli

Other Designer : Ernest Grunsfeld Jr., architect

America’s Courtyard

America’s Courtyard

Location Notes: Southeast of Adler Planetarium

Park: Northerly Island Park

Park: (312) 745-2910 (Fieldhouse)

Park: (312)540-2668 (Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island Box Office)

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Created: 1998

Artwork Installed: 2000

Artwork Relocated: 2000

Artist: Denise Milan and Ary R. Perez

Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

Location Notes: Adler - Copernicus Plaza

Park: Northerly Island Park

Park: (312) 745-2910 (Fieldhouse)

Park: (312)540-2668 (Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island Box Office)

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2010

Installation Duration: Fall 2014 - Spring 2016

Artist: Ai WeiWei

Medium: Bronze

Daphne Garden

Daphne Garden

Location Notes: East of S. Linn White Drive and north of the Northerly Island Visitor’s Center

Park: Northerly Island Park

Park: (312) 745-2910 (Fieldhouse)

Park: (312)540-2668 (Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island Box Office)

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Created: 2004

Artwork Installed: 2006

Artwork Relocated: 2006

Artist: Dessa Kirk

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