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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Helping Hands

Helping Hands

Location Notes: Just north of Widow Clarke House

Park: Chicago Women's Park and Gardens

Park: (312) 328-0821

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Alternative TItle: Jane Addams Memorial (Helping Hands)

Artwork Created: 1993

Artwork Installed: 1996 (Navy Pier Park)

Artwork Relocated: 2011

Artist: Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010)

Featured in Statue Stories Chicago

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

Lily, Birth-Rebirth

Lily, Birth-Rebirth

Location Notes: West exterior of field house

Park: Clarendon Park Community Center

Park: (312) 742-7512

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Artwork Created: 2000

Artist: Patricia M. Murphy assisted by Julia Sowles-Barlow, Ginny Sykes, Lydia Garcia, and Chris Silva; with a poem by Susan F. Field

Columbus Ships

Columbus Ships

Location Notes: Refectory Great Hall

Park: Columbus Park

Park: (773) 287-7641

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Artwork Created: 1922

Artist: Roy L. Terwilliger (1879–1960)

Mosaic

Mosaic

Location Notes: Field house exterior

Park: Commercial Club Playground

Park: (312) 742-7558

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Artwork Installed: 2014

Artist: Kamelia Hristeva and Anna Soltys, Green Star Movement

Playground Art

Playground Art

Location Notes: Playground

Park: Commercial Club Playground

Park: (312) 742-7558

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Artwork Installed: 2008

Artist: John Pittman Webber, Phil Schuster, Jennifer Gutowski, and Henri Marquet for Chicago Public Art Group

Other Designer: Hitchocock Design Group, landscpe gardner

Paul Cornell Bust

Paul Cornell Bust

Location Notes: Field house lobby

Park: Cornell Square Park

Park: (312) 747-6097

Descriptors: Indoor, Sculpture

Artwork Created: 1900

Artwork Installed: 1929

Artist: Sigvald Asbjørnsen

Alchemy—Birds and Stone

Alchemy—Birds and Stone

Location (Park): 865 S. Park Terrace

Park: Dearborn Park

Park: (312) 742-3918

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Alternative Title: The Birdhouse

Artwork Installed: 1983

Artist: Dan Yarbrough

Douglas Park Mosaic

Douglas Park Mosaic

Location Notes: Field house lobby

Park: Douglas Park

Park: (773) 762-2842

Descriptors: Indoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Artwork Created: 1999

Artist: Victor Velez

Route 66

Route 66

Location Notes: Exterior of Maintenance Building

Park: Douglas Park

Park: (773) 762-2842

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mural

Artwork Created: 2000

Artist: Dorian Sylvain, Lead Artist

Whirling Divish

Whirling Divish

Location Notes: Douglas Park Cultural Center

Park: Douglas Park

Park: (773) 762-2842

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2010

Installation Duration: Winter 2014 - Winter 2016

Artist: Ruth Aizuss-Migdal

Medium: Painted steel

You Are a Reflection of You

You Are a Reflection of You

Location Notes: Exterior of Maintenance Building

Park: Douglas Park

Park: (773) 762-2842

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Artwork Created: 2001

Artist: Ginny Sykes and Julia Sowles-Barlow

Unity

Unity

Location Notes: Field house interior

Park: Dvorak Park

Park: (312) 746-5083

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Artwork Created: 2005

Artist: Gabriel Villa

Trumpet and Drum

Trumpet and Drum

Location Notes: Field house entryway

Park: Field (Eugene) Park

Park: (773) 478-9744

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Artwork Alternative Title: Winken, Blyken, and Nod

Artwork Created: 2003

Artist: Gerry Lang

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