Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 2005
Wacker Drive at North State Street on the Riverwalk
This Vietnam Veterans memorial is one of the largest in the nation outside of those in Washington, D.C. After design improvements and the reconstruction of Wacker Drive in 2005, Collins Engineers, Inc. was retained by the Chicago Department of Transportation to incorporate a memorial at the dock level of Wacker Drive. Designed by artist Gary Tillery, a Vietnam veteran, it was dedicated on Veterans Day, 2005 and features a tiered plaza, waterfall and black granite block with the names of more than 2,900 Illinois soldiers either killed or missing in action from all branches of the U.S. military. The stones were incorporated into this memorial from an earlier memorial and reflecting pool that had been located on Wacker Drive and dedicated by Mayor Jane Byrne in 1982.