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Chicago’s ‘Problematic’ Statues, Monuments Could Come Down After New Committee Reviews Them

The project will begin with the creation of the advisory committee this month, according to the Mayor's Office.


City’s Last Columbus Statue Removed In South Chicago

The 7-foot statue was part of the Drake Fountain and had sat for more than 100 years on a triangular island where 92nd Street and Exchange and Chicago avenues meet.

South Chicago, East Side

Douglas Park Will Be Renamed For Frederick Douglass, But Students Pushing For Change Say They Were Left Out

Youth organizers were not notified about the board meeting and were not invited to speak with the board about their proposal before it voted.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Columbus Statue’s Turbulent History Included State Funds, Design Feuds, Mussolini Message

The 33-foot statue stood in Grant Park since 1933, when it was erected for the new Chicago World’s Fair, the Century of Progress.


Columbus Statues In Grant Park, Little Italy Taken Down After Protests: ‘The People Got This Statue Removed’

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the statue has been "temporarily removed ... until further notice" due to safety concerns after police and protesters clashed over the piece.


Columbus Statues In Grant Park, Little Italy Will Be Taken Down, Officials Say

The statue has been the subject of high-profile protests in recent days — including one Friday where police and protesters violently clashed, leaving dozens of people injured.


Douglas Park Will Be Renamed For Frederick Douglass, Park District Board Says: ‘We Have Heard You’

After West Side students lobbied for the change for years, the Park District Board unanimously voted to start the park renaming process Wednesday.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Will Douglas Park Be Renamed For Frederick Douglass? After Years Of Student Activism, Park District Calls Emergency Meeting To Decide

West Side students lobbied the city to rename the park for years to no avail. But after protesters tried to pull down the Columbus statue, the city is listening.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Protesters Demanding Columbus Statue Be Torn Down Stop Traffic In South Loop Intersection For Hours

Activists said they won't rest until Mayor Lightfoot orders the statue to come down. "She will be hearing us and if she refuses to, then we’ll make her whole neighborhood hear us because she’s gonna have to hear them.”

South Loop

Police Took Dozens Of Bikes From Columbus Statue Protesters. Now, Riders Are Trying To Get Them Back

Police took 76 bikes, some of which they claim were used as weapons against police.


Don’t Send Secret Federal Agents To Chicago, Lightfoot Warns Trump: It Would ‘Spell Disaster’

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is trying to stop the president from sending federal agents to Chicago as they have been snatching protesters off the streets in Portland, Oregon.


Will Columbus Statue Come Down After All? Mayor Says City Will ‘Examine’ All City Monuments

Chicago has few statues for Black people and women. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city needs to "correct that problem."


Miracle Boyd Says Cop Who Hit Her Should Be Fired: ‘No Matter What I Said … I Did Not Deserve To Be Attacked’

The 18-year-old Chicago activist faces death threats, but she said she won't stop fighting for Black lives.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Video Shows Coordinated ‘Ambush’ On Police At Columbus Statue With ‘Vigilantes’ Throwing Bottles, Fireworks, Sharpened PVC, Officials Say

Forty-nine officers were injured, including a sergeant who had a broken eye socket, Supt. David Brown said.


Teen Activist Miracle Boyd Recovering After Police Knocked Out Her Tooth At Protest: ‘He Walked Up To Me And Smacked Me’

A GoFundMe to help Boyd raised nearly $84,000 in less than two days before halting donations.


Hundreds Protest On Lightfoot’s Block Day After Violent Clash Between Activists, Police

Activists called on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to defund the Chicago Police, remove officers from schools and keep students learning at home when classes begin.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Lightfoot Condemns ‘Violent’ Protesters And Police After Clashes In Grant Park Over Columbus Statue

On Saturday morning, a group of aldermen and state lawmakers slammed CPD and Lightfoot's decision to use force to protect the statue.


18-Year-Old Activist Had Teeth Knocked Out By Police At Columbus Statue Protest, Officials Say

Activist Miracle Boyd of GoodKids MadCity was injured by police in an attack caught on video. "You beat people up over a statue? You rough them up over a statue?" Ald. Jeanette Taylor said.


Protesters Try To Tear Down Columbus Statue In Chicago As Clashes Between Police, Activists Turn Violent

Protesters nearly toppled a Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park before police intervened.