William Shakespeare Memorial – Lincoln Park

William Shakespeare Monument – Lincoln Park

Near the Lincoln Park Conservatory sits none other than The Bard himself. Installed in 1894, the statue was created by William Ordway Partridge, who did extensive research to determine what Shakespeare actually looked like. A plaster model of the monument was displayed at the 1893 World’s Colombian Exposition. It was then cast in Paris and shipped to Chicago, where it was unveiled on April 23, 1894, the supposed date of Shakespeare’s birth and death.

The sculpture was placed on such a low pedestal because, as Partridge said, Shakespeare “belongs among the people whom he loved so dearly.” And now, thanks to @statuestorieschicago, you can hear The Bard speak, as performed by the one and only Jack McBrayer. Swipe the tag with your smartphone and check it out.

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