Park Features

Thomas Garrigue Masaryk Monument

Thomas Garrigue Masaryk Monument: This monument was installed in the 1950s to honor Thomas Masaryk (1850-1937), the first Czechoslovakian president.  Masaryk led his country to independence during World War I.  Chicagoans’ of Czech descent raised money for the monument and commissioned Czech-born sculptor Albin Polásek to create the monument.  The monument does not depict Thomas Masaryk, but a legendary Blanik knight who symbolizes Masaryk’s efforts to liberate his country.

Carl von Linné Monument: The monument memorializes Carl von Linné, a Swedish naturalist and botanist. The statue was built in the 1890s by members of Chicago’s Swedish community and was originally located in Lincoln Park. This statue was moved to the Midway in the 1970s to coincide with a visit to the University of Chicago by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Cheney-Goode Memorial: The Cheney-Goode memorializes Flora Sylvester Cheney and Katherine Hancock Goode, who were tireless activists for women’s suffrage and political participation. Cheney was president of the Illinois League of Women Voters as well as the Cook County Council of Leagues of Women Voters, and Goode represented the fifth senatorial district in the  Illinois State Legislature.

Midway Fieldhouse and Ice Rink: Ice skating at the Midway is a popular winter pastime. It is located on the site of the world’s first Ferris Wheel, erected for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. To see rink hours and programs, check the Park District’s website here.



Cheney-Goode Memorial

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