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Giant in the Park: Statues, Stories, and History of Lincoln Park
Tue, May 23, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
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.
- 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.