He was a popular U.S. president and a history-changing legend. No doubt Abraham Lincoln made a signifcant impact on our country as a whole — but the native Illinois resident also influenced many of Chicago's own modern hot spots, sculptures, shops and attractions.
THE J. PARKER
Bodyguard John Parker may have been MIA from Ford's Theatre during the most important moment of his career protecting President Lincoln, but that didn't stop Hotel Lincoln from naming their chic rooftop restaurant after the faceless character. The J. Parker rooftop lounge features cabana-style seating, tables with built-in fireplaces, destination cocktails and stunning views. Get the inside scoop from a Chicago Like a Local blogger.
Abraham Lincoln was nominated to represent the Republican Party on the shores of the Chicago River, so it's only natural that the city honors our 16th President with a larger-than-life sculpture in Grant Park. Officially titled Abraham Lincoln: Head of State, this bronze figure is known to Chicagoans as "Seated Lincoln" and sits on a large marble setting, flanked by fluted columns topped with carved torches.
CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM: LINCOLN'S CHICAGO
Trace Lincoln's ties to the city with this engaging exhibit, filled with portraits of the president's supporters, lithographs of 1860s Chicago and personal artifacts, from Lincoln's pocket watch to the surprisingly tiny bed in which he died.
Abraham Lincoln: The Man is a renowned statue known to most Chicagoans as "Standing Lincoln." This 12-foot bronze creation is located east of the Chicago History Museum, mounted on a monumental semicircular exedra. The figure was crafted in part by use of the newly rediscovered plaster life mask and casts of Lincoln's hands that a sculptor had made in 1860. (Replicas of this statue exist in London and Mexico City.)
ABRAHAM LINCOLN BOOK SHOP
Step inside this Chicago Avenue shop (in River North's gallery district) and surround yourself with well-stocked shelves filled with Lincoln manuscripts, in-print and out-of-print books, autographs, artwork and rare collectibles. Everything in the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop is related to the president and the Civil War — don't be shy about asking a knowledgable staff member about anything from Lincoln's history to handwriting.
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