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There is historical art about Chicago on East Wacker Drive

On two walls at East Wacker Drive (lower level), there are several artworks depicting Chicago history. These are in a pedestrian tunnel below Lower East Wacker Drive. (Beginning at Congress Parkway (500 south) at its southern end between Franklin Street and Canal Street, Wacker Drive goes north to just north of Lake Street (200 north) where it turns east and goes to Lake Shore Drive. Between Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive (the last main street before Lake Shore Drive), Wacker has two levels. Vehicles wishing to go onto Lake Shore drive in any direction will need to enter it using Lower Wacker Drive.) The concrete walkway and bicycle path leading to the pedestrian tunnel is along the Chicago River’s southern side, less than 100 feet from the river.

For non-roller coaster entertainment, Aladdin's Castle at now defunct Riverview Park was very popular.
For non-roller coaster entertainment, Aladdin's Castle at now defunct Riverview Park was very popular.
Vernon Brookins
Trombones, guitars, mandolins and banjos were part of Chicago's history.
Vernon Brookins

This art depicts Chicago from its founding in 1837 to the 20th century. There are construction scenes, Chicago River scenes, flora, fauna and people. This art has the Realism Style in colorful illustrations/drawings.

The art is on two, tiled, ceramic walls, 24 pieces total. The smallest pieces are three, square tiles wide and two, square tiles high. The largest ones are seven, square tiles wide and four, square tiles high. There are more large pieces that there are small pieces.

This exhibits official title is Riverwalk Gateway. Ellen Lanyon is the artist. This exhibit's dedication was June 24, 2000.

Some of the art have current, 3-D representations, like Buckingham Fountain. (This fountain lacks bucking hams—animated pigs in either 2D or 3D format.) There is a 2-D depiction of Aladdin’s, huge head; its 3-D representation was at Chicago’s Riverview. (Riverview Park closed its gates in 1967. Aladdin’s head lacks a flying carpet underneath it in either 2D or 3D format.)

You can be reasonably certain that there is historical, Chicago art in Chicago’s museums. (The Chicago Historical Society likely has a lot. Some historical art may even be hysterical.)