Illinois Centennial Monument

3200 W Logan Blvd Chicago

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Illinois Centennial Monument

Address: 3200 W. Logan Blvd. // Architect: Henry Bacon with sculptor Evelyn Beatrice Longman, 1918
Click the speaker icon for audio commentary by Julia S. Bachrach, head of Julia Bachrach Consulting and former Chicago Park District historian and planning supervisor.

Whether the starting point or terminus for your boulevard trip, the Illinois Centennial Monument is a neighborhood beacon not to miss. Logan Square’s boulevards radiate out from here. The monument pays tribute to the first 100 years of Illinois’ statehood. Designed in 1918 by Henry Bacon, architect of the Lincoln Memorial, it consists of a 42-foot-tall Greek Doric column (the same size and proportion of a column from the Parthenon) atop a 15-foot base with carved reliefs depicting Hiawatha, Ceres, Mercury and Daniel Boone, and topped with a 10-foot eagle as an ode to American democracy. The reliefs were designed by renowned sculptor Evelyn Beatrice Longman—to whom the nearby restaurant Longman and Eagle pays tribute. Longman was the first woman elected a full member of the National Academy of Design.

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