Illinois Centennial Monument

W Logan Blvd Chicago

Logan Square/Illinois Centennial Monument
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This monument in Logan Square was designed by Henry Bacon, known for his work on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. It represents the 100th anniversary of the entry of Illinois into the Union in 1818 and was commissioned by the B.F. Ferguson monument fund. It is a Chicago Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places along with being an identifiable symbol in the neighborhood. The Illinois Centennial Monument is also located in a historic area as part of the 28-mile Boulevard System that was created in 1870. There are 10 other monuments located on the boulevards but this one is the most historic one.

The monument is 68 feet tall, with the Doric Greek column matching the height of those in the Parthenon in Athens, and its base contains 7 images of historical figures that represent Illinois history. Made of Tennessee pink marble, this monument is topped off with an eagle, which is meant to link the democracy in Greece to ours and a reference to the Illinois State Flag.

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The column is also dedicated to American soldiers who died in World War l. While the monument can be seen year round, the best time to go is during the Logan Square Arts festival, where the monument serves as the center (the monument is also central to the neighborhood itself). The yearly festival features live music, food, and drinks, and is typically held in June or July.

While the trip to the monument won’t take up your whole day, you can visit numerous places around it including great restaurants, fun shops, and other cultural places.

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