Chicago is known for its many parks and commemorative statues. Search on park, statue, sculpture, monument, and memorial for hundreds of examples.
Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the statue of Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. created the Statue of the Republic in Chicago to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the World's Fair Columbian Exposition. The statue, which was erected in Jackson Park, is a smaller reproduction of his original colossal sculpture made for the 1893 World's Fair.
The renowned sculptor August Saint-Gaudens created two Lincoln statues for Chicago, Lincoln, the Head of State in Grant Park and the Standing Lincoln in Lincoln Park. The Fort Dearborn Massacre monument by Carl Rohl-Smith is among the many other public sculptures in Chicago.
Do research outside of the collection to discover if and how Chicagoans continued to populate their city with public monuments and sculptures.
- What are the purposes of public parks?
- What are the purposes of public monuments?
- What do Chicago's public monuments suggest about the events and people that played important roles in the city's history?
- What do these monuments suggest about Chicagoans' sense of identity?
- How do public monuments impact a society's understanding of history?
- Have the purposes and significance of public parks, sculptures, and monuments changed over time? If so, how?