Walking and Biking Tours

Monumental Art in Chicago

Take a history and sculpture tour of Lincoln Park and learn about its cemetery years including the burial place of Rebel soldiers. Important monuments we encounter include "Lincoln the Man" a masterpiece realized by Augustus Saint Gaudens; a bronze of the French explorer LaSalle who predicted the rise of a great city here; a temperance fountain and relic from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition; an 1886 statue donated by the Germans and which has connections to the Haymarket Riot; and Chicago's monumental Grant equestrian, the most prominent statue in Lincoln Park -- which is full of meaning.  All this history is quietly suggested by the enduring bronze forms which reside along the lakefront, surrounded by a landscape of lawns and trails, gardens and ponds.


Sites visited on Giants in the Park: Monumental Art in Chicago’s Largest Park:

  • Saint Gaudens' Lincoln statue

  • a Temperance fountain

  • Memorial to French explorer, La Salle

  • Burial site of Rebel soldiers

  • Ulysses S. Grant equestrian statue

  • Lincoln Park's formal gardens

  • We stop outside the Lincoln Park Zoo and Lincoln Park Conservatory


Biking and walking tours are available as private tours.  

Tours last for 90 minutes to 2 hours.



excerpt from "Chicago's Lincoln Park Unveiled"

Written and Hosted by Krista August

Video designed and produced by Kristin Noelle Smith

Learn the histories behind the bronze giants of Chicago's largest park in this three-part presentation. With historical images and book highlights, Krista shares stories about the heroes, the artists, the benefactors, and the unveiling ceremonies. Missing statuary and salient park history are detailed as well.


A Giants in the Park program is adaptable to audiences of all ages, from 3rd grade classrooms studying local history to seniors.



Topics discussed in this 3-part presentation about local monumental art:


  • "Lincoln the Man" statue
  • Statue of the French explorer La Salle and the Chicago Portage
  • A temperance fountain for the 1893 World's Fair
  • Altgeld monument
  • Hamilton statue
  • A monument to the Chicago Daily News Fresh Air Sanitarium
  • Goethe statue
  • Chicago City Cemetery, and much more!​​


Your program was absolutely fabulous!  You got rave reviews from the customers!  They really enjoyed it…. Many thanks again for doing an outstanding job, and I hope there's some way in which we can work together again in the future. 

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I enjoyed "Everything really :) interesting topic, nice place and amazing tour guide with deep knowledge and fun stories."


"Your tour is one of the most informative in the city."


I enjoyed "the link between history of Chicago, the park we explored and the statues we were told about."


"Thank you for the tour, one of the highlights of my stay in Chicago."


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Giants in the Park


​Hi Krista,

... and especially thank you very much for your interesting tour!

After our tour I read your book and after lunch I decided to go to see the next statues that we did not see with you (I was walking with your book:-)).