Chicago Landmarks

Victory Monument

Close-up photo by Bob Thall, 1997     Address: 35th Street and King Drive
Year Built: 1926, 1936
Architect: John A. Nyden , Leonard Crunelle
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 9, 1998

Victory Monument by Bob Thall, 1997 This structure was erected to honor the meritorious achievements of the Eighth Regiment of the Illinois National Guard, an African-American unit that served in France during World War I as part of the 370th U.S. Infantry (also see Eighth Regiment Armory). The bronze panels and the soldier atop the monument, which was added in 1936, were designed by Leonard Crunelle, a former pupil of noted Chicago sculptor Lorado Taft. The monument was dedicated on Armistice Day (November 11th) in 1928. It is the site of an annual Memorial Day ceremony and is one of nine structures in the Black Metropolis-Bronzeville Historic District.