Chicago Park District

Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures & Statues

Picture of Chicago's Buckingham FountainChicago's parks are the settings for a world-class collection of nearly 200 fountains, monuments, and sculptures. These range from historic sculptures of famous people including Abraham Lincoln, Alexander von Humboldt, and William Shakespeare to some of the nation's most exciting new works of art such as Agora in Grant Park and Millennium Park's Cloudgate, dubbed "The Bean." Some of the lesser known artworks are like hidden treasures in the parks. An example is the Darius and Girenas Memorial, a sleek Art Deco style monument in Marquette Park dedicated to two Lithuanian-American pilots who died during an attempt to fly from New York to Lithuania in 1933. Other artworks, such as the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain or the Lions in front of the Art Institute, are so well-known and appreciated 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.

You can learn more about the Chicago Park District's remarkable collection of permanent public art through this web-based guide. If you find inaccuracies, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to update this information.

Please note: The Chicago Park District owns and holds copyright to all of the photography unless otherwise noted. Most of the historic photos are from the Chicago Park District Special Collections (CPD Special Collections).Content here.

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Arrigo Park Christopher Columbus and Fountain
Bixler Playlot Park Phil Richman Fountain
Burnham Park American Doughboy
  Balbo Monument
  Chicago Firefighter Paramedic Memorial
  Gold Star Families Memorial and Park
  Soldier Field Children's Garden
  Special Olympics Memorial
  Tribute to Freedom
  Tribute to George Halas
  Wallach Fountain
Canal Origins Park Canal Cut Artwork
Chicago Women's Park and Garden Botanical Gardens Fountain
  Jane Addams Memorial
Commercial Club Park Playground Art
Connors Park Connors Park Fountain and Pergola
Cornell Square Paul Cornell Bust
Dearborn Park Alchemy-Birds and Stone
Fuller Park Fountain
  Melville W. Fuller Bust
Garfield Park Administration Building Interior Panels
  Bulls with Maidens
  Conservatory Entrance Fountain
  Lincoln the Rail-splitter
  Norman Cornwall Memorial
  Pastoral and Idyl
  Persian Pool
  Robert Burns Memorial
  Zellij Fountain
Garibaldi Park Giuseppi Garibaldi Monument
Gompers Park Samuel Gompers Monument
Goudy Square Park Turtle Fountain
Grant Park 8th Street Fountain
  A. Montgomery Ward Bust
  Abraham Lincoln, Head of State
  Artists and Automobiles
  Big Beaver Totem Pole
  Central Station Fragments
  Chicago Stock Exchange Arch
  Christopher Columbus
  Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain
  Core-loc Armoring Devices
  Cubi VII
  Eagle Fountains
  Equestrian Indians
  Federal Building Columns
  Flying Dragon
  Fountain Figures
  Fountain of the Great Lakes
  In Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Founding of the Republic
  John Alexander Logan Monument
  Large Interior Form
  Man with Fish
  Olmec Head
  Paris Metro Entryway
  Reading Cones
  Rosenberg Fountain
  Sir Georg Solti Bust
  Spirit of Music
Harrison Park Emiliano Zapata Bust
Heritage Green Park Grainne
Horner Park Governor Henry Horner Memorial
Humboldt Park Alexander Von Humboldt Monument
  Fritz Reuter
  Interpreting Nature
  Leif Ericson Monument
  World's Fair Bison
Indian Boundary Park City Hall Keystone
  Wind Harp
Jackson Park Statue of the Republic
Jonquil Park Eagle Columns
Kennedy Park Korean War Memorial
  Playground Art
Dr. Martin Luther King Park Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bust
Lake Park Crescent (Park 531) Restoration
Legion Park Legion Park Gateway Plaza Fountain
Lincoln Park A Signal of Peace
  Abraham Lincoln The Man
  Alexander Hamilton Monument
  Benjamin Franklin Monument
  Chess Pavilion
  Chicago Fire Relic
  Children's Fountain
  City Hall Relic
  Couch Tomb
  Cummings Playground Art
  Curve XXII
  Dr. Jose Rizal
  Eli Bates Fountain
  Emanuel Swedenborg Memorial
  Fountain Girl
  Garden Figure
  General Philip Henry Sheridan Monument
  Goddess of Youth
  Greene Vardiman Black
  Hans Christian Anderson
  Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller Monument
  John Peter Altgeld Monument
  Margate Park Playground
  Monument to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  Putnam Chain
  Richard Oglesby Monument
  Robert Cavelier de La Salle Monument
  Roscoe Playground
  The Alarm
  Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
  William C. Niesen Memorial Fountain
  William Shakespeare Monument
Lincoln Park Zoo Bushman's Head
  East Gate Arch
  Elephant Drinking Fountain
  Eugene Field Memorial
  For the Young at Heart
  Limestone Lion
  Lion Fountain
  Lowland Gorilla Family
  Mother and Baby Pygmy Hippo
  Old Fishing Hole
  Polar Bear
  Rabbit and Butterfly
  Rites of Spring
  Seal and Sea Lion
  The Lesson
Logan Boulevard Skate Park Silversurf Gate
Loyola Park Windform
Mariano Park Botanical Gardens Fountain
Marquette Park Darius and Girenas Memorial
Merrimac Park Veterans' Memorial
McKinley Park William McKinley Monument
Mid-North Park Fountain
Midway Plaisance Carl von Linne Monument
  Cheney-Goode Memorial
  Thomas Garrigue Masaryk Monument
Millennium Park Cloud Gate
  Crown Fountain
  Millennium Monument
  Spheres Heliosphere, Biosphere, Technosphere
Merrimac Park Veterans' Memorial
Monument Park World War I Monument
Mount Greenwood Park Playground Art
Nichols Park Bird of Peace
  North Fountain
  South Fountain
Northerly Island America's Courtyard
  Daphne Garden
  Karel Havlicek Monument
  Man Enters the Cosmos
  Nicolaus Copernicus Monument
  Spiral Galaxy
  Thaddeus Kosciuszko Monument
Ogden Park WWII Memorial Drinking Fountain
Ogden Plaza Park Floor Clock II
Jesse Owens Park Playground Art
Oz Park Cowardly Lion
  Dorothy and Toto
  Tin Man
Palmer Square Park Velveteen Rabbit Playground Art
Palmisano (Stearns Quarry) Park Stearns Quarry Fountain
Park 474 Man on a Bench
Ping Tom Park Ping Tom Bust
Rainbow Beach Park 50th Anniversary of the Rainbow Division WWII
Renaissance Park Sculptural Fountain
Seneca Park Ben
Senn Park The Young Lincoln
Skinner Park Playground Dragon
Sun Yat-Sen Park Sun Yat-Sen Portrait Bust and Fountain
Touhy Park The Receptor
Trumbull Park WWII Memorial Fountain
Union Park Carter Harrison Memorial
  James Connolly Monument
Warren Park Circle of Nature
Washington Park Drexel Fountain
  Fountain of Time
  George Washington Monument
  Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Monument
  Spirit of DuSable Series
  Washington Park Playground Art
Harold Washington Park Ecstasy
A. Montgomery Ward Park Commemorative Ground Ring
Washington Square McCormick Fountain
West Pullman Park WWII War Memorial
Wicker Park Charles Gustavus Wicker
  Gurgoyle Fountain