The text of the plaque at 2701 S. Damen Ave. describes the achievements of Father Jacques Marquette, the first European to reside in Chicago. But there’s one aspect of the plaque that always seems to catch the viewer’s eye: the swastikas.
I first stumbled on her in 1965, the night of my Senior Prom. The prom was at a downtown hotel. Afterward my date and I, along with two other couples, decided to go for a drive south on Lake Shore Drive.We got to Jackson Park and turned down a side road, preparing to head back north.
If you're in Lincoln Park this Labor Day, you might pass him on your way to the zoo or North Avenue Beach. Look for him a few hundred feet north of the Chicago History Museum.There he stands, gazing down the street that carries his name. He is one of Chicago's most visible statues.