Lincoln Square is an island at the intersection ofLincoln, Lawrence and Western. On this island is the statue entitled "Chicago Lincoln". At the base of the statue is one of Lincoln's many quotes. It reads as follows:
"Free society is not and shall not be a failure."
The statue was sculptured by Dr. Avard Fairbanks after the pattern of the model by Lloyd Ostendorf who built the model for a contest to detennine the best idea for the statue.
The statue was unveiled on Saturday, October 20,1956, by Governor William G. Stratton and was financed by the State of Illinois.