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Monumental Art 

in Chicago's Lincoln Park


Giants in the Park

Written and Hosted by Krista August

Video designed and produced by Kristin Noelle Smith

2017 Certificate of Excellence Illinois State Historical Society

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 “'Giants in the Park' is an essential item for any Chicago lover’s bookshelf.” 

-- Rick Kogan, WGN

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Giants in the Park ACTIVITY BOOK Plus Sticker Page is designed to engage students with coloring pages, primary source material, text highlighting notable history, multidisciplinary activities and 36 mini statue and park-themed stickers.

Students will explore online:

  • National Park Service

  • National Gallery of Art
  • ​Friends of the Chicago Portage
  • Hidden Truths: The Chicago City Cemetery and Lincoln Park
  • Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory
  • National Museum of American History
  • Chicago Public Library's online collection of the Chicago Tribune Historical Archives
  • Library of Congress
  • Westegg Inflation Calculator

      The statues and their histories determined the learning opportunities, so the exercises vary with respect to age level. 
     Eight of the park’s seventeen portrait statues are featured with learning activities, and an additional five monuments are highlighted with coloring pages. Less common words are introduced in the text to help young readers grow their vocabularies, while a glossary is provided to support student understanding.​

Great Book!
Hi Krista, I just finished reading Giants in the Park, and I wanted to pass along my praise. The book struck an excellent balance between being well-researched, thorough, concise, and entertaining. In each chapter, you did a really good job of selecting material that would interest readers. I really enjoyed reading it. 

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Sticker Books 4.25 X 5.5"  

Monumental Art in Chicago's Lincoln Park

24 Stickers of Vintage Monuments

Lincoln Park, Chicago's north side playground, is populated with monumental art celebrating giants of history and literature. Find Lincoln Park's seventeen vintage statues in this sticker collection. Plus find four other historical monuments and three missing monumental forms. Stickers include captions and are ~ 1.7 x 2.4 inches in size.

A Pictorial History of Chicago's Lincoln Park
24 Stickers of Vintage Scenes

Lincoln Park has historically been Chicago's great place of leisure. Lincoln Park promises recreation and pleasure with its beaches, harbors, ponds, conservatory, zoo, museums, sports facilities, restaurants, walking and biking trails, and its historic monuments. Enjoy twenty-four vintage Lincoln Park images with these captioned stickers that are ~ 1.7 x 2.4 inches in size.

A Picture History of Chicago's 1893 Columbian Exposition
24 Stickers of Vintage Images

In April 1890, ambitious Chicago won its bid to host the World's Fair, held 1893. With architecture and sculpture being a focal point, Chicago attracted many talented artists and sculptors to the city in the years leading up to the Fair. Enjoy twenty-four historical images. Stickers with captions are ~ 1.7 x 2.4 inches in size.

A Historical Album of Chicago's Lincoln Park
24 Stickers of Vintage Scenes

Located two-plus miles north of Chicago's downtown, Lincoln Park names both a neighborhood and a park, Chicago's largest park, boasting some six miles of lakefront. This collection of images highlights salient park history, including a closer look at The Chicago Daily News Fresh Air Sanitarium. Enjoy twenty-four vintage Lincoln Park images. Stickers with captions are ~ 1.7 x 2.4 inches in size.

8.5" x 11" ​

Recommended for

grades 3 and up

​​​An Art and History Guidebook

2011 Book of the Year Chicago Writers Association

2014 Certificate of Excellence Illinois State Historical Society

Giants in the Park is a history guide for the monuments in Lincoln Park, Chicago's largest and, historically, most important park. Monumental art encountered with this walking tour guidebook include "Lincoln the Man," La Salle, Grant, Sheridan, Schiller, Goethe, Altgeld ... seventeen portrait statues in all. Missing monuments and salient park history are documented as well.

     'Lincoln the Man' is the most important statue on the tour and is a masterpiece of Augustus Saint Gaudens, the ranking American sculptor of his era.

     The bronze of the French explorer La Salle is the most significant to Chicago's history. At it's unveiling in 1889, La Salle was celebrated as the man "to whose geographical discoveries American civilization owes a heavy debt."

     The history behind each and every statue is unique and exciting. Throughout the book, connections exist to a wide variety of topics:

  • the 1893 World's Fair
  • the Haymarket Riot
  • the Chicago Fire
  • the Civil War and Camp Douglas
  • early Chicago ethnic groups
  • the Chicago City Cemetery
  • Charles Yerkes
  • the WCTU and the temperance movement
  • Mayor Carter Harrison and much more!

     Lincoln Park's monumental art invites us to explore the old, to study the heroes of our Chicago forefathers, and through examining the realization of their likenesses, to glimpse moments and ideals from our great city's youth. 


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An Art and History Activity Book