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  Peristyle Monument if Wrigley Square
by deecat

Millennium Park's new monument at Wrigley Square is really a re-creation of the Colonnades designed by Chicago architect Edward Bennett (he also did Buckingham Fountain). Bennett's monument was located at this same spot, but it was razed in 1953. This replica is somewhat smaller to acommodate the handicapped ramp that was required by law.

This monument is 40-foot-tall and made of granite; columns stand over a reflecting pool and have a base inscribed with the names of those donating one million dollars or more.
The names are not yet inscribed in the granite, but a realistic-looking fabric copy is up there now. (2006" They are now inscribed!)

This area of the park is located at the corner of Upper Randolph Drive and Michigan Avenue. It is named after the William Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation which gave five million dollars.

I really liked this monument. It's accessible to the public. You can sit around the fountain (unlike Buckingham Fountain which has low fence around it.) Loving architecture, history, and ancient Greece, it is to my taste...classical and elegant.

Address: Randolph St & Michigan Ave
Directions: Northwest corner of Millennium Park
Phone: +1 312-742-2963
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

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  • Updated Feb 3, 2007
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