Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, Skokie

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The land along McCormick Blvd. and the north channel of the Chicago River that runs though the Village of Skokie is owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

This land had been sorely neglected for a number of years and was by the mid - 1980's a community eyesore. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District developed guidelines and wanted suggestions for its improvement. The Village of Skokie came forward with plans to turn the area into a recreational park with biking and jogging paths, seating areas etc. At the same time, a group of private citizens proposed using the park to display large scale contemporary sculptures.

What evolved by 1988, was the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, a collaboration between these two entities. The Village cleaned and landscaped the area and created parking lots, pathways, benches and other amenities. The citizens incorporated as a private not-for-profit organization with a mission to select, install and maintain a world class sculpture exhibition and to provide educational programs to enhance the appreciation of these exhibits.

The Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park runs for 2 miles from Dempster Street on the north to Touhy Avenue on the south and displays over 60 sculptures by artists of local, national and international reputation. Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
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  • We went for a walk through the park and really enjoyed it. We had been cooped up inside during the pandemic and this was a nice open air park to visit as things are starting to reopen. Statues were...  more »
  • Nice place to walk or bike. Be careful of the people on bikes. Nice place to take the grandkids for a walk so they can blow off some energy  more »
  • Great park to walk or bike through. Lots of benches even some table to eat. Please be respectful and don't litter. Enjoy nature and all the great works on display.
  • Beautiful two mile walking/biking path with sculptures along the way. Even driving by is a treat. There’s a guided tour schedule and an app you can download to get information on the artwork. Another great example of chicagoland’s commitment to public art.

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