West Logan Boulevard and North Kedzie Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60647
Shortly after the establishment of the West Side Park Commission in 1869, landscape designer and architect William Le Baron Jenney was commissioned to design the entire system of West Side parks and boulevards. Jenney, who is often referred to as the "Father of the Skyscraper," drafted a plan that called for the creation of three large parks, connected by formal boulevards and dotted with tranquil squares.
Surrounded by a European-style traffic circle is another one of the historic squares incorporated in Jenney’s design. Logan Square is arguably the most spectacular of the West Side squares. In 1918, the 68-foot Illinois Centennial Monument was erected at the west end of the square. The monument was designed by Lincoln Monument architect Henry Bacon in honor of the 100th birthday of the State of Illinois.