Eugene Field Memorial – Lincoln Park

Visiting Lincoln Park Zoo last week we came across a beautiful memorial to writer Eugene Field. Most well know for his children’s poem, “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” Field moved to Chicago in 1883, writing a popular column for the Chicago Daily News called, “Sharps and Flats.”

The 1922 monument, known as “The Dream Lady,” features a bronze woman dangling poppies over the heads of sleeping children. References to his writings are worked into the monument, which was the first large project done by sculptor Edward McCartan.

Field, who died in 1895, was originally interred at Graceland Cemetery but later re-interred in Kenilworth. He was inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame in 2016.

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