Oz Park in Chicago, Illinois (A Wizard of Oz-Themed Park)

Off to see the Wizard? Following the Yellow Brick Road? Or…maybe just taking stroll through Chicago? Before you click your red heels together to return home, take a trip to the Land of Oz, Oz Park in Chicago, Illinois, a Wizard of Oz-themed park.

Oz Park Chicago is a public park in the Lincoln Park neighborhood that features statues of many of the characters from the famous book (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) and movie (The Wizard of Oz). in 1976 is was officially named in honor of Lyman Frank Baum, the creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, who was a Lincoln Park resident in the 1890s.

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In the early 1990s artist John Kearney was commissioned to create sculptures of the main characters from the Wizard of Oz to display in the park. Over the next twelve years he created four: The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, The Scarecrow, and Dorothy and Toto.

Today those Wizard of Oz statues are the highlight of the Wizard of Oz Park in Lincoln Park, but aren’t the only attractions. There’s also an Emerald Garden and Dorothy’s Playlot, named for both the famous character and a generous donor.

Statues in Oz Park in Chicago, Illinois:

Tin Man Statue

You can find the first Wizard of Oz statue at the northeast corner of the park: The Tin Man. He was installed in October 1995 and is made from old automobile parts. The one thing this statue doesn’t have? A heart.

The Tin Man statue at Oz Park in Chicago, Illinois - a Wizard of Oz themed Park.
The Tin Man statue at Oz Park in Chicago, Illinois - a Wizard of Oz themed Park.

Cowardly Lion Statue

On the southeast corner of Oz Park in Chicago you’ll find the bronze Cowardly Lion statue, which was courageously added in June 2001.

The Cowardly Lion  statue at Oz Park in Chicago, Illinois - a Wizard of Oz themed Park.
The Cowardly Lion  statue at Oz Park in Chicago, Illinois - a Wizard of Oz themed Park.

Wizard of Oz Scarecrow Statue

In June 2005, a 7-foot, 800 pound bronze statue of the Scarecrow was added to Oz Park. Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure artist John Kearney forgot to add a brain.

The Scarecrow statue at Oz Park in Chicago, Illinois - a Wizard of Oz themed Park.

Dorothy and Toto Statue Statue in Oz Park

Though Dorothy and her little dog Toto are the main characters in The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy was the last addition to the park’s collection of statues, and didn’t come to the park until 2007. The bronze statue of Dorothy is prominently located at the west side of the park, ruby slippers and all.

Dorothy and Toto  statue at Oz Park in Chicago, Illinois - a Wizard of Oz themed Park.
Dorothy and Toto  statue at Oz Park in Chicago, Illinois - a Wizard of Oz themed Park.

Next time you’re in Chicago, follow the yellow brick road to Oz Park!

Looking for more roadside attractions in Chicago? Check out the Walt Disney Birthplace, the Big Monster Door at Big Monster Toys, Superdawg, and the Giant Indian on a Roof.


Wizard of Oz Statues at Oz Park

Location: 2021 N. Burling St., Chicago, IL 60614
Hours: 6 AM to 11 PM
Cost: Free to See


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Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.