Art in the Parks
Tour Series

May - October 2018

 

In partnership with Art Design Chicago and the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Chicago Parks Foundation is honored to present a special eight-part bus and walking tour series celebrating Chicago's rich tradition of public artwork in our parks. Guided by historian Julia S. Bachrach, author of The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago's Parks.

FAQs •  Art Design Chicago

BUS TOURS    $25  May 19, June 23, Oct 20
WALKING TOURS    $10  May 31, July 7, July 26, Sept 6, Sept 15

 
 
 

  Equestrian Indian Monument  known as Bowman, Grant Park

Equestrian Indian Monument known as Bowman, Grant Park

Grant Park

WALKING TOUR•$10
SAT July 7th•1pm - 3pm

Grant Park is an outdoor museum of public art and this tour features many of its most significant artworks, including Franz Machtl’s Rosenberg Fountain, Ivan Mestrovic's Equestrian Indians, and Leonard Crunelle'sFountain Figures. The tour also explores the contributions of artists and planners Daniel Hudson Burnham and Edward H. Bennett, authors of the seminal 1909 Plan of Chicago.

Tour starts at the Agora Sculpture, 1135 South Michigan Ave (Corner of East Roosevelt Road & Michigan Ave). Ends at The Lions on the steps of The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Ave. 


 Jens Jensen's meandering Prairie River in Humboldt Park

Jens Jensen's meandering Prairie River in Humboldt Park

Humboldt Park

WALKING TOUR•$10
THURS July 26th•6pm - 8pm

This tour explores how Humboldt Park served as a "living laboratory" for Prairie style landscape architect Jens Jensen in the early 20th century. The tour highlights the park's fine collection of bronze monuments including World's Fair Bison by Edward Kemeys and Alexander von Humboldt Monument by Felix Gorling.

Tour starts at the Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 North Sacramento Avenue. Ends at Corner of North Sacramento Avenue & West Division Street (north end of Humboldt Park).


 Gutzon Borglum's humanistic portrayal of Governor John Peter Altgeld standing in protection of a family at his side, Lincoln Park (Photo Credit: Michael Knapp, Illinois State Geological Survey) 

Gutzon Borglum's humanistic portrayal of Governor John Peter Altgeld standing in protection of a family at his side, Lincoln Park (Photo Credit: Michael Knapp, Illinois State Geological Survey) 

Lincoln Park: Part Two

WALKING TOUR•$10
THURS September 6th•6pm - 8pm

This tour features a broad array of public artworks from various eras in and just outside of Lincoln Park, including the gilded figurative Hamilton Monument by John Angel and allegorical Goethe Monument by Herman Hahn. The tour also includes visits to the nearby Elks Memorial's Reclining Elks by Laura Gardin Fraser, a rare pair of historic bronzes by a woman sculptor, and the John Peter Altgeld Memorial by Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Tour starts at the Goethe Monumnet on North Cannon Drive just south of West Diversey Parkway. Ends at North Lake Shore Drive & Diversey Parkway.


 Taft's  Fountain of Time  in Washington Park honors 100 years of peace between the US and England

Taft's Fountain of Time in Washington Park honors 100 years of peace between the US and England

Washington Park

WALKING TOUR•$10
SAT September 15th•1-3pm

Chicago’s Washington Park is an artwork in itself, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the “Father of American Landscape Architecture” and originally laid out in 1871. This tour explores the landscape history and public artworks of the greenspace including Lorado Taft's Fountain of Time and Albin Polasek's Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Monument. This tour also coincides with Celebrating South Side Stories, a day-long festival of art, music, and film taking place at the DuSable Museum of African American History on the same day.

Tour starts at the Washington Park Refectory, 5531 South Russell Drive. Ends at the Du Sable Museum, 740 East 56th Place.


  Historical Series Murals  adorn the beautiful Burnham-designed Hamilton Park Field House

Historical Series Murals adorn the beautiful Burnham-designed Hamilton Park Field House

Murals & More

BUS TOUR
SAT October 20th•10am - 3:30pm  
$25 includes boxed lunch

When you go inside many of Chicago's out-of-the-way vintage park field houses, you often find exciting surprises such as historically significant paintings and Progressive Era murals. This tour includes murals created not only to decorate field houses, but also to inspire and educate the immigrant residents who lived in the surrounding neighborhoods during the early 20th century.

This tour highlights John Warner Norton's Historical Series mural in Hamilton Park and works by his students from The School of the Art Institute in Sherman Park. In Gage Park the tour visits Tom Lea's Pioneers mural, and at the Vanderpoel Gallery in Ridge Park participants see an impressive collection of paintings by American artists including Maxfield Parrish, Grant Wood, and Mary Cassatt.

Bus pick-up and drop-off on Upper East Randolph Street at South Columbus Drive (north side of Millennium Park). 


 Yoko Ono's  Skylanding,  Jackson Park

Yoko Ono's Skylanding, Jackson Park

Milestones

BUS TOUR  
SAT May 19th •10am - 3:30pm
$25 includes boxed lunch

Ticket sales for this tour have ended.

This tour celebrates important milestones in city, state, and American history. In Jackson Park, tour-goers will encounter the work of sculptor Daniel Chester French including Statue of the Republic which he created as a permanent version of the iconic fair monument to honor the 25th anniversary of the World's Columbian Exposition. Dedicated in May of 1918, the "Golden Lady" pays tribute to the fair and the centennial of Illinois Statehood.

In Jackson Park, the tour also highlights the park's newest sculpture, Yoko Ono's Skylanding, a lotus-like symbol of peace that marks the site of the fair's Japanese Pavilion. The tour includes the Fountain of Time, sculpted by Lorado Taft in commemoration of the 1814 Peace Treaty between the U.S. and Canada. Milestones from 1918 include Leonard Crunelle's Victory Monument honoring the courageous WWI African American Illinois National Guard and Logan Square's Illinois Centennial Monument by Henry Bacon and Evelyn Beatrice Longman.

Bus pick-up and drop-off on Upper East Randolph Street at South Columbus Drive (north side of Millennium Park). 


  Ulysses S. Grant Monument  stands on an enormous arched base, Lincoln Park

Ulysses S. Grant Monument stands on an enormous arched base, Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park: Part One

WALKING TOUR  •$10
THURS May 31st •6pm - 8pm

Ticket sales for this tour have ended.

This tour features the public artworks of Lincoln Park, such as the Fountain Girl and Charitas, two historic monuments recently reinstalled after disappearing years ago. The tour also includes a visit to the top of the Ulysses S. Grant Monument and highlights some of the contributions made by Swedish landscape gardener Swain Nelson to Chicago’s built environment.

Tour starts at the Standing Lincoln Statue, 1601 North Clark Street (east of Chicago History Museum). Ends at North Cannon Drive & West Fullerton Avenue.


  Helping Hands Monument  honors Chicago's famous social reformer Jane Addams in the Chicago Women's Park & Gardens

Helping Hands Monument honors Chicago's famous social reformer Jane Addams in the Chicago Women's Park & Gardens

Chicago Parks Old & New

BUS TOUR  
SAT June 23rd•10am - 3:30pm
$25 includes boxed lunch

Ticket sales for this tour have ended.

For well over a century, Chicago has lived up to its motto "Urbs in Horto," a Latin phrase meaning "City in a Garden." This tour explores significant park artworks and landscape designs representing the many eras of park development and public sculpture in the city. The tour includes a visit to John J. Boyle's The Alarm, a memorial to the Ottawa Indians and one of the oldest public sculptures in the city. Additional historic artworks include the Altgeld Monument by sculptor Gutzon Borglum and Lincoln the Rail-Splitter by Charles Mulligan.

Works by contemporary artists are also featured, including Richard Hunt's Eagle Columns, Louise Bourgeois' tribute to Jane Addams called Helping Hands, and several new sculptures in Ping Tom Park. This tour also highlights the work of Jens Jensen, dean of Prairie style landscape architecture, with stops at Humboldt Park and Garfield Park.

Bus pick-up and drop-off on Upper East Randolph Street at South Columbus Drive (north side of Millennium Park). 


FAQs

  • Spots are limited and tickets must be purchased ahead of time to participate. Bus tour tickets are $25 each and walking tour tickets are $10 each.
  • All tours involve moderate walking to multiple sites. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Bus tours include a boxed lunch. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a selection of lunch options should they have dietary restrictions or preferences. Walking tours do not include a meal.
  • Additional questions? Contact (312) 742-4781 or info@chicagoparksfoundation.org.

 


This tour series is a part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago's art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. The series is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Special thanks to Art Design Chicago, The Terra Foundation for American Art, and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.