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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Karel Havlicek Monument

Karel Havlicek Monument

Location Notes: In the median of E. Solidarity Drive, east of S. Linn White Drive

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: 1911

Artwork Installed: 1983

Artwork Relocated: 1983

Artist: Joseph Strachovsky

Man Enters the Cosmos

Man Enters the Cosmos

Location Notes: Northwest 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 Alternative Title: Sundial

Artwork Created: 1980

Artwork Installed: 1980

Artist: Henry Moore

Other Designer : Hammond, Beeby and Babka, architects

Nicolaus Copernicus Monument

Nicolaus Copernicus Monument

Location Notes: Solidarity Drive in front of the 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: Original: 1830, Replica 1973

Artwork Installed: 1973

Artist: Original: Bertel Thorvaldsen; replica: Bronislaw Koniuszy

Featured in Statue Stories Chicago

Notice Valid From: 8/6/2015 - 8/31/2018

Signal: Bon Voyage

Signal: Bon Voyage

Location Notes: Judd Goldman Sailing Center- 1362 S. Linn White Drive

Park: Northerly Island Park

Park: (312) 745-2910 (Fieldhouse)

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

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mural

Artwork Created: 1994

Artwork Installed: 1994

Artist : Edmond Gueringer

Spiral Galaxy

Spiral Galaxy

Location Notes: South 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

Thaddeus Kosciusko Monument

Thaddeus Kosciusko Monument

Location Notes: In the median of E. Solidarity Drive southeast of Shedd Aquarium

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: 1904

Artwork Installed: 1978

Artwork Relocated: 1978

Artist: Kasimir Chodzinski

Untitled Mosaic

Untitled Mosaic

Location Notes: Field house entryway

Park: Ogden Park

Park: (312) 747-6572

Descriptors: Indoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Artwork Created: 1999

Artist: Darlene McGhee

Untitled Mural

Untitled Mural

Location Notes: Field house multi-purpose room

Park: Ogden Park

Park: (312) 747-6572

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Artwork Created: 1998

Artist: Jesse Shipley assisted by Victoria Bianco

Floor Clock II

Floor Clock II

Location (Park): 429 N. Columbus Dr.

Park: Ogden Plaza Park

Park: (312) 742-7891

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Created: 1989

Artwork Installed: 1992

Artist : 1992

Artist: Vito Acconci

House

House

Location Notes: Ohio St. Beach

Beach: Ohio Street Beach

Beach: (773) 363-2225

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2015

Installation Duration: Fall 2015 - Winter 2015

Artist: Sara FitzSimonds

Medium: Aluminum poles, Rip cord nylon

Playground Art

Playground Art

Location Notes: Playground

Park: Owens Park

Park: (312) 747-6709

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Artwork Installed: 2009

Artist : Julia Sowles-Barlow, Chicago Public Art Group, and Isaiah and Rachel Terry

Other Designer : Hitchcock Design Group, landscape architect

Cowardly Lion

Cowardly Lion

Location Notes: West of N. Larrabee Street and north of W. Dickens Avenue

Park: Oz Park

Park: (312) 742-7898

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Created: 2000

Artwork Installed: 2001

Artist: John Kearney

Featured in Statue Stories Chicago

Notice Valid From: 8/6/2015 - 8/31/2018

Dorothy and Toto

Dorothy and Toto

Location Notes: South of W. Orchard Street and west of Dorothy’s Playground

Park: Oz Park

Park: (312) 742-7898

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Created: 2006

Artwork Installed: 2007

Artist : John Kearney

Featured in Statue Stories Chicago

Notice Valid From: 8/6/2015 - 8/31/2018

Scarecrow

Scarecrow

Location Notes: Emerald City Garden, just south of W. Webster Avenue and west of N. Larrabee Avenue

Park: Oz Park

Park: (312) 742-7898

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Created: 2004

Artwork Installed: 2005

Artist: John Kearney

Tin Man

Tin Man

Location Notes: South of W. Webster Avenue and west of N. Larrabee Street

Park: Oz Park

Park: (312) 742-7898

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 1995

Artist: John Kearney

Featured in Statue Stories Chicago

Notice Valid From: 8/6/2015 - 8/31/2018

Early Settlement Series

Early Settlement Series

Location Notes: Field house gymnasium

Park: Palmer Park

Park: (312) 747-6577

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Artwork Created: 1934

Artist: James Edwin McBurney (1868–1955)

Eternal Connections

Eternal Connections

Location Notes: Cultural Center - NE Park entry walk

Park: Palmer Park

Park: (312) 747-6577

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2015

Installation Duration: Summer 2015 - Indefinitely

Artist: Phillip Shore

Medium: Carved basswood

Two Cubes

Two Cubes

Location Notes: Palmer Park Cultural Center

Park: Palmer Park

Park: (312) 747-6577

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2014

Installation Duration: Winter 2015 - Winter 2016

Artist: Newman, Christopher

Medium: Steel, Paint

Velveteen Rabbit Playground Art

Velveteen Rabbit Playground Art

Location (Park): 2200 N. Kedzie Ave.

Park: Palmer Square Park

Park: (312) 742-7535 (Mozart Park )

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Artwork Installed: 2009

Artist: Roman Villareal, Phil Schuster, and Jennifer Gutowski for Chicago Public Art Group

Other Designer: Thompson Dyke & Associates, landscape architect

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