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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Imagining the Possibilities

Imagining the Possibilities

Location Notes: Exterior gymnasium wall facing children's water play park

Park: Fosco Park

Park: (312) 746-5086

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Artwork Created: 2005

Artist: Corinne D. Peterson (born 1937) assisted by Sonata Kazimieraitiene

Community Quilt

Community Quilt

Location Notes: Art room

Park: Fuller Park

Park: (312) 747-6144

Descriptors: Indoor, Object

Artwork Created: 2000

Artist: Millicent Gordon and the Soul Stitchers

Early Explorers Series

Early Explorers Series

Location Notes: Interior of assembly hall

Park: Fuller Park

Park: (312) 747-6144

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Artwork Created: 1914–15

Artist: John Warner Norton (1876–1934)

Fountain

Fountain

Location (Park): 331 W. 45th St

Park: Fuller Park

Park: (312) 747-6144

Descriptors: Outdoor, Fountain

Artwork Installed: 1993

Melville W. Fuller Bust

Melville W. Fuller Bust

Location Notes: 331 W. 45th Street; north end of courtyard

Park: Fuller Park

Park: (312) 747-6144

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Created: 1912

Artwork Installed: 1913

Artist: William Ordway Partridge

Untitled Mosaics

Untitled Mosaics

Location Notes: Field house lobby

Park: Fuller Park

Park: (312) 747-6144

Descriptors: Indoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Artwork Created: 1999

Artist: Millicent Gordon

Old Crafts Room Mural

Old Crafts Room Mural

Location Notes: Field house front office

Park: Gage Park

Park: (312) 747-6147

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Artwork Created: c. 1940

Pioneers

Pioneers

Location Notes: Field house assembly hall

Park: Gage Park

Park: (312) 747-6147

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Artwork Created: 1931

Artist: Thomas C. Lea III (Tom Lea) (1907–2001)

Adminstration Building Interior Panels

Adminstration Building Interior Panels

Location Notes: Gold Dome building rotunda interior

Park: Garfield Park

Park: (312) 746-5092

Descriptors: Indoor, Sculpture

Artwork Alternative TItle: Gold Dome Bas-Relief Panels

Artwork Installed: 1929

Artist: Richard W. Bock

Conservatory Entrance Fountain

Conservatory Entrance Fountain

Location Notes: East of N. Central Park Avenue in front of the Conservatory

Park: Garfield Park

Park: (312) 746-5092

Descriptors: Outdoor, Fountain

Artwork Installed: 1998

Artist: Wolff, Clements & Associates, Landscape Architects

Other Designer: Booth, Hansen & Associates, architects

Green Line Mosaics

Green Line Mosaics

Location Notes: Central Park/Lake Green Line 'L' station

Park: Garfield Park

Park: (312) 746-5092

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Artwork Created: 2001–04

Artist: Salim Hurtado and Michael Cloud (2001); Carolyn Elaine assisted by Ingrid Swenson and Moses Bell (2002–03); Nina Smoot-Cain (2004)

Lincoln the Rail-splitter

Lincoln the Rail-splitter

Location Notes: North of W. Washington Boulevard and west of N. Central Park Avenue

Park: Garfield Park

Park: (312) 746-5092

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Created: c. 1905

Artwork Installed: 1909

Artwork Recast or Reproduced: 1911

Artist: Charles J. Mulligan

Norman Cornwall Memorial

Norman Cornwall Memorial

Location Notes: S. Central Park Avenue and W. Jackson Boulevard

Park: Garfield Park

Park: (312) 746-5092

Descriptors: Outdoor, Object

Artwork Alternative Title : WWI Obelisk

Artwork Installed: 1929

Artist : Carl J. Epping

Palm Tree Reliefs

Palm Tree Reliefs

Location Notes: Garfield Park Conservatory, Palm House

Park: Garfield Park

Park: (312) 746-5092

Descriptors: Indoor, Sculpture

Artwork Created: 2003

Artist: Phil Schuster

Pastoral and Idyl

Pastoral and Idyl

Location Notes: Garfield Park Conservatory, Palm House

Park: Garfield Park

Park: (312) 746-5092

Descriptors: Indoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 1908

Artwork Recast or Reproduced: 1913

Artist: Lorado Taft

Persian Pool

Persian Pool

Location Notes: Garfield Park Conservatory, Aroid House

Park: Garfield Park

Park: (312) 746-5092

Descriptors: Indoor, Sculpture

Artwork Alternative TItle: Yellow Lilies

Artwork Installed: 2001

Artist: Dale Chihuly Studio

Playground Mosaics

Playground Mosaics

Location Notes: Playground at the southwest corner of Homan Avenue and Lake Street

Park: Garfield Park

Park: (312) 746-5092

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Artwork Created: 2007

Artist: Mirtes Zwierzynski and Max Sansing

Robert Burns Memorial

Robert Burns Memorial

Location Notes: W. Washington Boulevard between N. Central Park Avenue and N. Hamlin Avenue

Park: Garfield Park

Park: (312) 746-5092

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 1906

Artist: William Grant Stevenson

SOLARise

SOLARise

Location Notes: Garfield Conservatory

Park: Garfield Park

Park: (312) 746-5092

Descriptors: Indoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2015

Installation Duration: Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

Artitst: Luftwerk - Petra Bachmeier, Sean Gallero

Medium: Multiple installations, Glass, Mirrors, Lights, Acrylic

World's Fair Bulls with Maidens

World's Fair Bulls with Maidens

Location Notes: West of the Garfield Park Conservatory in the City Garden flanking propagating houses

Park: Garfield Park

Park: (312) 746-5092

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Alternative Titles: Statues of Plenty, Indian Corn and Wheat

Artwork Created: 1893

Artwork Installed: 1908 (Humboldt Park)

Artwork Recast or Relocated : c. 1912

Artwork Relocated: c. 1915, 2003

Artist: Daniel Chester French and Edward C. Potter

Other Designer: Jules Bercham, American Art Foundry

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