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10 Free Places To Visit In Chicago This Memorial Day

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It's Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, and that means cookouts, relaxation and mattress sales. But for those who are looking to make this weekend a little more meaningful, Curbed has got you covered. Chicago has many wonderful memorials and monuments dedicated to those who have fought in our nation's armed conflicts and we've mapped 10 sites throughout the city that are perfect spots for reflecting on the sacrifices of our fallen countrymen. Freedom isn't free, but visiting these wonderful spots in Chicago is.

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1. Philip H. Sheridan Statue

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West Belmont Avenue & North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60657

Along Sheridan Road is a statue of the man that the street is named after. The tall statue of the Civil War general riding his horse is seen rallying his Union troops at the Battle of Cedar Creek.

2. Elks National Veterans Memorial

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2750 North Lakeview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

This Beaux Arts style domed structure was built in 1926 to pay tribute to members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks who fought in World War I.

3. Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

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1998 North Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614

Located in the heart of Lincoln Park (named after Honest Abe), lies this Louis Rebisso designed tribute to Union General and two time United States President Ulysses S. Grant. Built in 1891, the memorial is a centerpiece of Lincoln Park.

4. Standing Lincoln Statue

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1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Completed in 1887 by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, this statue of Abraham Lincoln is one of the most famous of Honest Abe in the world. Replicas of this statue can be found at Lincoln's tomb in Springfield and at London's Parliament Square.

5. Milton Lee Olive Park

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Milton Lee Olive Park
Chicago, IL 60611

A popular destination for engagement and wedding photographs, this park was named for Vietnam soldier and Medal of Honor recipient Milton Lee Olive.

6. Soldier Field

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1410 S Museum Campus Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 235-7000
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Soldier Field is not only the home to the Chicago Bears, but it is also the city's largest memorial to war vets.

7. Grand Army of the Republic Meeting Hall

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78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-6630
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Located in the Chicago Cultural Center, the Grand Army of the Republic Meeting Hall and Memorial is easily one of the most beautiful rooms in the entire city.

8. Chicago Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Chicago, Veterans' Memorial Park, Chicago Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601

With the words "CHICAGO REMEMBERS" etched in stone, this solemn memorial located in Wabash Plaza off Wacker Drive was dedicated by former Mayor Richard M. Daley on Veteran’s Day in 2005.

9. General John Logan Monument

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South Michigan Avenue & East 9th Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Located in downtown Grant Park lies this striking statue of General John Logan built in 1897 by Augustus Saint-Guadens. Norwest Side neighborhood Logan Square also receives its name from the famous Union general.

10. Victory Monument

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South King Drive & East 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60653

Built in 1927 by sculptor Leonard Crunelle, the Victory Monument located in Bronzeville pays homage to the Eighth Regiment of the Illinois National Guard, a group of African-American soldiers who fought in France during WWI.

1. Philip H. Sheridan Statue

West Belmont Avenue & North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60657

Along Sheridan Road is a statue of the man that the street is named after. The tall statue of the Civil War general riding his horse is seen rallying his Union troops at the Battle of Cedar Creek.

West Belmont Avenue & North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60657

2. Elks National Veterans Memorial

2750 North Lakeview Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

This Beaux Arts style domed structure was built in 1926 to pay tribute to members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks who fought in World War I.

2750 North Lakeview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

3. Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

1998 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

Located in the heart of Lincoln Park (named after Honest Abe), lies this Louis Rebisso designed tribute to Union General and two time United States President Ulysses S. Grant. Built in 1891, the memorial is a centerpiece of Lincoln Park.

1998 North Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614

4. Standing Lincoln Statue

1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

Completed in 1887 by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, this statue of Abraham Lincoln is one of the most famous of Honest Abe in the world. Replicas of this statue can be found at Lincoln's tomb in Springfield and at London's Parliament Square.

1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

5. Milton Lee Olive Park

Milton Lee Olive Park, Chicago, IL 60611

A popular destination for engagement and wedding photographs, this park was named for Vietnam soldier and Medal of Honor recipient Milton Lee Olive.

Milton Lee Olive Park
Chicago, IL 60611

6. Soldier Field

1410 S Museum Campus Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

Soldier Field is not only the home to the Chicago Bears, but it is also the city's largest memorial to war vets.

1410 S Museum Campus Dr
Chicago, IL 60605

7. Grand Army of the Republic Meeting Hall

78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

Located in the Chicago Cultural Center, the Grand Army of the Republic Meeting Hall and Memorial is easily one of the most beautiful rooms in the entire city.

78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

8. Chicago Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Chicago, Veterans' Memorial Park, Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601

With the words "CHICAGO REMEMBERS" etched in stone, this solemn memorial located in Wabash Plaza off Wacker Drive was dedicated by former Mayor Richard M. Daley on Veteran’s Day in 2005.

Chicago, Veterans' Memorial Park, Chicago Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601

9. General John Logan Monument

South Michigan Avenue & East 9th Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Located in downtown Grant Park lies this striking statue of General John Logan built in 1897 by Augustus Saint-Guadens. Norwest Side neighborhood Logan Square also receives its name from the famous Union general.

South Michigan Avenue & East 9th Street
Chicago, IL 60605

10. Victory Monument

South King Drive & East 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60653

Built in 1927 by sculptor Leonard Crunelle, the Victory Monument located in Bronzeville pays homage to the Eighth Regiment of the Illinois National Guard, a group of African-American soldiers who fought in France during WWI.

South King Drive & East 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60653