Giant in the Park: Statues, Stories, and History of Lincoln Park
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Giant in the Park: Statues, Stories, and History of Lincoln Park

Giant in the Park: Statues, Stories, and History of Lincoln Park

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We will meet at the Children’s Fountain in front of the Chicago History Museum at the intersection of West North Blvd and Clark Street.

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Take a history and sculpture tour of south Lincoln Park and learn about its cemetery years including the burial place of Rebel soldiers. Important monuments we encounter include “Lincoln the Man” a masterpiece realized by Augustus Saint Gaudens; a bronze of the French explorer LaSalle, who predicted that one day a great city would rise here!; a temperance fountain and relic from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, originally named for temperance leader Francis Willard; an 1886 statue donated by the Germans and which has connections to the Haymarket Riot; and Chicago’s monumental Grant equestrian, the most prominent statue in Lincoln Park — which is full of meaning. All this history is quietly suggested by the enduring bronze forms which reside along the lakefront, surrounded by a landscape of lawns and trails, gardens and ponds.

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  • The History Museum
  • “Lincoln the Man” Statue
  • Temperance fountain originally conceived for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition
  • Statue of French explorer LaSalle
  • Nature boardwalk by Jeanne Gang
  • a statue donated by the Germans of Chicago which has connections to the Haymarket Riot

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We will meet at the Children’s Fountain in front of the Chicago History Museum at the intersection of West North Blvd and Clark Street.

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