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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Zellij Fountain

Zellij Fountain

Location Notes: Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall

Park: Garfield Park

Park: (312) 746-5092

Descriptors: Indoor, Fountain

Artwork Created: 2003

Artwork Installed: 2003

Artist : Said Ben Adiba, Hassan Jemghili, and Jawad Rizki

Matriarchy for a New Millennium

Matriarchy for a New Millennium

Location Notes: Exterior wall at south end of park

Park: Gill Park

Park: (312) 742-7802

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mural

Artwork Created: 1997

Artist: Tim Portlock and Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Samuel Gompers Monument

Samuel Gompers Monument

Location Notes: South of W. Foster Avenue and west of N. Pulaski Avenue

Park: Gompers Park

Park: (773) 685-3270

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 2007

Artist: Susan Clinard

8th Street Fountain

8th Street Fountain

Location Notes: East of S. Michigan Avenue on axis with E. 8th Street

Park: Grant Park

Park: (312) 742-3918

Descriptors: Outdoor, Fountain

Artwork Installed: 1927

Artist: Bennett, Frost & Thomas, architects

Aaron Montgomery Ward Bust

Aaron Montgomery Ward Bust

Location Notes: East of S. Michigan Avenue on axis with E. 11th Street

Park: Grant Park

Park: (312) 742-3918

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Created: 1972

Artwork Installed: 1993

Artwork Relocated: 1993, 2005

Artist: Milton Horn

Featured in Statue Stories Chicago

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

Abraham Lincoln, Head of State

Abraham Lincoln, Head of State

Location Notes: Court of Presidents, north of E. Congress Parkway and west of S. Columbus Drive

Park: Grant Park

Park: (312) 742-3918

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Alternative Title: Seated Lincoln

Artwork Installed: 1926

Artist: Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Other Designers: McKim, Mead and White

Agora

Agora

Location Notes: East of S. Michigan Avenue and north of E. Roosevelt Road

Park: Grant Park

Park: (312) 742-3918

Artwork Installed: 2006

Artist: Magdalena Abakanowicz

Aqua Interlude and Reflection

Aqua Interlude and Reflection

Location Notes: Underpass at Columbus Drive and the Museum Campus

Park: Grant Park

Park: (312) 742-3918

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Artwork Created: 2012

Artist : Mirtes Zwierzynski and Maria Gaspar

Artist Monument

Artist Monument

Location Notes: Grant Park South - Logan South Lawn

Park: Grant Park

Park: (312) 742-3918

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2014

Installation Duration: Winter 2015 - Summer 2015

Artist: Tony Tasset

Medium: Etched acrylic, mounted on steel and wood

Artists and Automobiles

Artists and Automobiles

Location Notes: Court of Presidents, south of E. Congress Parkway and east of S. Columbus Drive

Park: Grant Park

Park: (312) 742-3918

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 2006

Artist: Dessa Kirk, Lucy Slivinski, and John Mason

Atrappe Soleil

Atrappe Soleil

Location Notes: Museum Park Campus, South of Shedd, N Water Taxi boarding site

Park: Grant Park

Park: (312) 742-3918

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2013

Installation Duration: Fall 2015 - Fall 2016

Artitst: Daniel Buren

Medium: Powder coated steel, glass and plastic panels

Big Beaver Totem Pole

Big Beaver Totem Pole

Location Notes: North of Field Museum

Park: Grant Park

Park: (312) 742-3918

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 1982

Artist: Norman Tait Nishga

Brachiosaurus Replica

Brachiosaurus Replica

Location: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive

Location Notes: On the west terrace of the Field Museum

Park: Grant Park

Park: (312) 742-3918

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 1999

Featured in Statue Stories Chicago

Notice Valid From: 3/14/2016 - 8/31/2018

Central Station Fragments

Central Station Fragments

Location Notes: West of Metra Tracks and north of E. Roosevelt Road

Park: Grant Park

Park: (312) 742-3918

Descriptors: Outdoor, Object

Artwork Created: 1893

Artwork Installed: 2004

Artwork Relocated: "1974, 2004"

Artist: Bradford L. Gilbert, architect

Chicago Horizon

Chicago Horizon

Location Notes: Lawn panel north of Shedd @ SW Monroe Harbor

Park: Grant Park

Park: (312) 742-3918

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Artwork Created: 2015

Installation Duration: Fall 2015 - Winter 2025

Artist: Ultramoderne - Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest

Medium: Steel, Wood

Chicago Stock Exchange Arch

Chicago Stock Exchange Arch

Location Notes: Southwest corner of S. Columbus Drive and E. Monroe Street

Park: Grant Park

Park: (312) 742-3918

Descriptors: Outdoor, Object

Artwork Created: 1893

Artwork Installed: 1977

Artist: Adler & Sullivan, architects

Christopher Columbus Memorial

Christopher Columbus Memorial

Location Notes: East of S. Columbus Drive and north of E. Roosevelt Road

Park: Grant Park

Park: (312) 742-3918

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Artwork Installed: 1933

Artist: Carl Brioschi

Other Designer: Clarence H. Johnston, architect

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