Monuments/ Statues in Chicago

THE 10 BEST Chicago Monuments & Statues

Monuments & Statues in Chicago

Types of Attractions
Sights & Landmarks
Sights & Landmarks
Traveller rating
Neighbourhoods
Good for
56 places sorted by traveller favourites
  • Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.
Showing results 1-30 of 56

What travellers are saying

  • Louie F
    3 contributions

    Cloud Gate is a must-see in Chicago. This iconic silver bean in Millennium Park reflects the city's energy and offers a unique interactive experience. Whether you're capturing distorted selfies or enjoying the skyline backdrop, it's a captivating symbol of Chicago's artistic charm.
    Written 25 December 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Kelly O
    Minneapolis, MN2 contributions
    I saw this Picasso sculpture while in Chicago. There was a farmer's market here while I was there, so I didn't get a great photo.
    Written 3 October 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia17,756 contributions
    There are several such statues spread around the Loop, probably to break the monotony of soulless high rises around.
    While the Picasso's statue blends into the surroundings due to its color, this orange flamingo fits much better making a contrast and breaking the concrete/glass monotony.
    Written 23 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China159,644 contributions
    The Lincoln Memorial is just a couple minutes walk east of the Chicago History Museum at Lincoln Park. What you will see is a 12-ft bronze of 16th President (1809-1865) standing in front of a decorative chair.

    It is the work of Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1887) and is situated in centre of a platform with a semi-circular structure with seating. It is a nice memorial, one of a handful of interesting monuments you'll find scattered around Lincoln Park.
    Written 7 May 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Grigol M
    Ozurgeti, Georgia226 contributions
    Beautiful building, stunning architecture, with paintings and decorations. It is all about American Soldiers. Admission is free. Visit can be combined with Lincoln Park Zoo. It does not take a lot of time
    Written 8 December 2018
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
    Since 1978, when merchants around the intersection of Lawrence, Lincoln and Western on Chicago's North Side persuaded the local chamber of commerce to develop Lincoln Square, a pedestrian plaza that required a controversial rerouting of local traffic, it has become a popular destination for dining and shopping with a wide variety of restaurants and European-style shops. Bounded by Lawrence to the north, Montrose to the south, Clark to the east and Damen to the west, it is one of 77 well-defined communities in Chicago, which includes the Ravenswood residential subdivision and historic Rosehill Cemetery. In the 1830s and 1840s, the area was settled by Swiss, German and English immigrants who established produce farms. Later, the farmland gradually began to fill up with bungalows, two-flats and small apartment buildings. Two new developments, Ravenswood Manor and Ravenswood Gardens, attracted new residents. After World War II, empty storefronts spurred local merchants to find new ways to attract customers. In 1956, they erected a statue of Abraham Lincoln for whom the area and the major street were named. And in 1978, they developed Lincoln Square. Today, it is home to such restaurants as Cafe Selmarie, Luella's Southern Kitchen, Bourbon Cafe, Garcia's Restaurant and Artango Bar & Steakhouse and such attractions as Gene's Sausage Shop, Quake Collectibles, Ravenswood Used Books, Merz Apothecary, Conrad Sulzer Library, Book Cellar, Davis Theater and Old Town School of Folk Music.
    Written 9 November 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
    I remember Chicago's Union Stock Yards. In the 1950s, when my friends and I used to attend major league baseball games at Comiskey Park. We could smell the odor emanating from the nearby meatpacking industry that was described as the "hog butcher of the world" from 1865 to 1971. Today, all that is left is the Union Stock Yard Gate. Located on Exchange Avenue at Peoria Street on Chicago's South Side, it was the eastern entrance to the famous Union Stock Yards, which occupied over 475 acres to the west, and is the only significant structural element to survive. It was designed a Chicago Landmark in 1972, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and acclaimed a National Historic Landmark in 1981. The plaza surrounding the gate also includes the city's principal memorial to its firefighters. The gate is a limestone construction with a central main arch flanked by two smaller arches. The main arch is 16 feet wide and 17 feet high with the surmounting truncated hip roof giving the structure a total height of 32 feet. One of the side arches retains an iron grillwork gate of a style that both of side arches would have originally had. The gate, designed by the notable architects Daniel Burnham and John W. Root, and an accompanying gatehouse (since demolished) were the only substantial buildings to survive a fire that leveled the stock yards in 1934. Restored in the 1970s, after the stock yards were closed, the limestone gate now stands as one of the few reminders of Chicago's past dominance in the meatpacking industry. Over the center arch of the gate is a bust of Sherman, the favorite bull of Union Stock Yards founder John B. Sherman.
    Written 15 May 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • MaryinChicago
    Chicago, IL222 contributions
    The statue of General Grant on horseback is a great tribute to a man who did so much to help save the union of our states. He was a great soldier as many historians have pointed out to us in recent excellent books and gripping documentaries. His great skill on horseback is captured in this statute. I also like the fact that the statue is placed up high on top of the monument. It is like he is watching over all of us who pass by him.
    Written 9 September 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China159,644 contributions
    The Vietnam Veterans Fountain is located along the Riverwalk just west of the Herald Square Monument. The monument is the work of American writer, artist and Vietnam Vet Gary Tillery (2005) and is dedicated to those who served in all branches of the armed forces during the war.

    You will see a rectangular shaped pool and stone wall with the engraving Chicago Remembers above the list of names of those from the State of Illinois who died in the conflict. It is a fine memorial and tribute, worth spending a few minutes of your time while visiting the Riverwalk.
    Written 6 May 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Christina B
    Louisiana2,712 contributions
    A great stop while in Millennium Park. Easy to find with lots of benches to rest if needed. Very clean and well maintained area. Beautiful fountain as well.
    Written 12 July 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China159,644 contributions
    There are a handful of large public artworks scattered around downtown including The piece known as Miro's Chicago (formerly known as The Sun, The Moon and One Star) that is located along West Washington Street across from the large scale Picasso installation.

    This is the work of Catalan artist Joan Miró (1981). What you see is an abstract figure made of steel, wire mesh, bronze, concrete and ceramic tiles. It is 12 metres tall and resembles a creature composed of various parts and brought to life. It quickly reminds one of various monsters found in Miró's many paintings and sculptures.

    Have a look of you are in the area and interested in viewing public artworks. There are others by Dubuffet, Picasso, Chagall and Calder nearby that you can take in as well.
    Written 3 May 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Beth T
    Washington DC, DC5 contributions
    This was the highlight of my trip to Chicago! I love Bob Newhart and being able to sit on his couch was such an amazing treat!
    Written 11 October 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Grigol M
    Ozurgeti, Georgia226 contributions
    I like public art displayed in the streets and squares. This huge construction has big open space surrounding. Great place to people watch. It is easy to notice from transport or by walking. It is right in front of Thompson Center.
    Written 9 December 2018
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • NancyW2
    Panama City, FL46 contributions
    Beautiful touching monument to those who left the South in search of a better life. I suggest you read The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.
    Written 19 March 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • psudino
    Weehawken, NJ4,124 contributions
    This statue is General George Washington, and the two principal financers of the American Revolution, Robert Morris and Haym Salomon. Around the back is a beautiful carving of the statue of liberty welcoming the huddled masses that eventually made our country the great nation it is today. The only reason I know about that is doing a quick Google search to understand what I was looking at.

    It seems like the statue was randomly placed without much regard for it's historical significance
    Written 25 November 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Frequently Asked Questions about Chicago



These are the best places for groups seeking monuments & statues in Chicago:See more monuments & statues for groups in Chicago on Tripadvisor