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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Stearns Quarry Fountain

Stearns Quarry Fountain

Location Notes: West of S. Halsted Street and south of W. 27th Street

Park: Palmisano Park

Park: (312) 747-6497

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculptural Fountain

Artwork Alternative Title: Entry Fountain

Artwork Installed: 2009

Artist: Ernest Wong, Site Design Group

Ten Thousand Ripples

Ten Thousand Ripples

Location Notes: Top of hill

Park: Palmisano Park

Park: (312) 747-6497

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2012

Installation Duration: Fall 2014 - Fall 2015

Artist: Indira Johnson

Medium: Fiberglass, Resin

Man on a Bench

Man on a Bench

Location Notes: Near Pearlstein Hall on Illinois Institute of Technology's Campus

Park: Park No. 474

Park: (312) 590-5993

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 1986

Artist: George Segal

Brick House

Brick House

Location Notes: Access from Churchill Field Park

Park: Park No. 572 (Bloomingdale Trail)

Park: (312) 742-4644

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2015

Installation Duration: Fall 2015 - Winter 2018

Artist: Chakaia Booker

Medium: Stainless Steel, Rubber tires

Mural

Mural

Location Notes: Basement of Peterson Park Field House

Park: Peterson Park

Park: (312) 742-7584

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Artwork Created: ca. 1950

Artist: Unknown

Stone Talk

Stone Talk

Location Notes: SE Field House lawn

Park: Ping Tom Memorial Park

Park: (312) 225-3121

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2010

Installation Duration: Spring 2015 - Spring 2025

Artist: Yu Jiyoung

Medium: Granite, Stainless steel

Winged Helix/Two in the Hand

Winged Helix/Two in the Hand

Location Notes: Piotrowski Park Cultural Center

Park: Piotrowski Park

Park: (312) 745-4801

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2014 - 2015

Installation Duration: Winter 2015 - Winter 2016

Artist: Young, Michael

Medium: Stainless Steel

Canoes

Canoes

Location Notes: Playground

Park: Portage Park

Park: (773) 685-7235

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Artwork Created: 2011

Artist: Phil Schuster

The Nature of the Place

The Nature of the Place

Location Notes: Senior Center community room, hallway, computer room, and activity room

Park: Portage Park

Park: (773) 685-7235

Descriptors: Indoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Artwork Created: 2005

Artist: Corinne D. Peterson assisted by Sonata Kazimieraitiene

Windform

Windform

Location Notes: North of W. Pratt Street and east of N. Sheridan Road

Park: Prinz (Tobey) Beach Park

Park: (773) 363-2225

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 1985

Artist: Lynn Takata

Proscenium Arch Mural

Proscenium Arch Mural

Location Notes: Field house auditorium proscenium arc

Park: Pulaski Park

Park: (312) 742-7559

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Artwork Created: 1920

Artist: James G. Gilbert

Tower Room Mural

Tower Room Mural

Location Notes: Third-floor tower of the field house

Park: Pulaski Park

Park: (312) 742-7559

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Artwork Created: 1939

Artist: Unknown

Summer Vault

Summer Vault

Location (Park): 3111 E. 77th Street

Park: Rainbow Beach Park

Park: (312) 745-1479

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2015

Artist: Independent Architecture, Paul Preissner Architecture

Sculptural Fountain

Sculptural Fountain

Location (Park): 1300 W. 79th St.

Park: Renaissance Park

Park: (312) 747-6135

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculptural Fountain

Artwork Created: 2001

Artwork Installed: 2001

Artist: Jerzy Kenar

Other Designers: Site Design Group, landscape architects

Apparition Intrusion

Apparition Intrusion

Location Notes: Ridge Park Cultural Center

Park: Ridge Park

Park: (312) 747-6640

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2014

Installation Duration: Winter 2015 - Winter 2016

Artist: Yost, Charles

Medium: Aluminum, Powder coat paint

Vanderpoel Collection

Vanderpoel Collection

Location Notes: 9625 S. Longwood Drive

Park: Ridge Park

Park: (312) 747-6640

Descriptors: Indoor, Painting

Artwork Created: Various

Artist: Various Artists

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