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Victory Sculpture
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Chicago Landmark
View facing north
Victory Monument (Chicago) is located in Illinois
Location: 35th Street and King Drive
Chicago, IL
Coordinates: 41°49′51.81″N 87°37′2.72″W / 41.8310583°N 87.6174222°W / 41.8310583; -87.6174222Coordinates: 41°49′51.81″N 87°37′2.72″W / 41.8310583°N 87.6174222°W / 41.8310583; -87.6174222
Built/Founded: 1927
Architect: John A. Nyden
Leonard Crunelle
Governing body: Local
MPS: Black Metropolis TR
Added to NRHP: April 30, 1986
Designated CL: September 9, 1998
NRHP Reference#: 86001089 [1]

The Victory Monument was built to honor the Eighth Regiment of the Illinois National Guard, an African-American unit that served in France during World War I. It is located in the Black Metropolis-Bronzeville District in the Douglas community area of Chicago, Illinois. It was designated a Chicago Landmark on September 9, 1998.[2] The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 30, 1986. An annual Memorial Day ceremony is held at the monument.[2]

Fountain of the Great Lakes was almost located at 35th and King Drive.

In 1908 while Aaron Montgomery Ward was contesting the land use law for Grant Park for a second time in the Illinois Supreme Court, the Art Institute of Chicago considered locating the Fountain of the Great Lakes at 35th Street and Grand Boulevard, which has now been renamed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.[3] This intersection now hosts the Victory Monument.[2]

The Bud Billiken Parade has for many years traveled along King Drive. In some years, the Parade has started at 31st and King and in other years it has started as far south as 39th and King Drive.[4][5] It has often started very near this monument.



The monument features 4 bronze panels and a sculpture of a soldier atop that was added in 1936.[2]. To the north of the monument is a court with 4 plaques in the large tilings. The plaques honor Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., Truman Gibson, Sr./Truman Gibson, Jr., Franklin A. Denison, & George R. Giles. To the south of the monument is a flagpole that flies the United States flag, Municipal Flag of Chicago, POW/MIA flag.



  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.  
  2. ^ a b c d "Victory Monument". City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Retrieved 2007-05-07.  
  3. ^ Garvey, Timothy J. (1988). Public Sculptor: Lorado Taft and the Beautification of Chicago. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-01501-0.  
  4. ^ "Bud Billiken Parade". University of Chicago Medical Center. Retrieved 2009-07-19.  
  5. ^ "Bud Billiken Parade & Picnic". Retrieved 2009-07-19.  

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