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Elks National Memorial, Chicago

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Monument · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Elks National Memorial and Headquarters

A monument in the truest sense, the Elks National Memorial was built in 1926 to honor Americans whose profound sacrifices for the nation can never be recognized by mere words. With its massive dome, heroic sculptures and intricately detailed friezes, the Memorial is a distinctively American interpretation of classical greatness.

The Elks National Memorial is a Memorial to Peace, and the hope for Peace. We recognize the Fallen who have perished in the fight against injustice.
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  • Beautiful building, stunning architecture, with paintings and decorations. It is all about American Soldiers. Admission is free. Visit can be combined with Lincoln Park Zoo. It does not take a lot of....  more »
  • I don't know how many times I walked past the Elks National Veterans Memorial on my way to and from my doctor's office over the years. But, for whatever reason, I recently noticed an article about an....  more »
  • Such a hidden gem -- right in front of you! Tours are free (donations recommended) and it'll probably only take you half an hour. Sounds weird, but make sure to look at the washrooms-- a blast from the past!
  • Hidden gem in the city. It is a MUST if you are visiting Chicago. Comparable in art and the magnificence of the building to European castles.

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