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Cows Come Home

The "Cows Come Home" This Summer On The Magnificent Mile

If you were around Chicago back before the turn of the century, chances are you saw a cow, or two, "running" loose throughout the city.  Well, they're back!

In honor of 20 years since the original Cows were on display, The Magnificent Mile Association will assemble several of the original sculptures in Jane Byrne Park – alongside the historic Water Tower – for a month-long installation this July of "Cows Come Home".

The 1999 exhibition was a project of the City of Chicago and its Department of Cultural Affairs led by Lois Weisberg. Inspired by local businessman, Peter Hanig, the public art campaign garnered international attention and spurred similar displays across the nation.

“I first saw the cows on a trip to Switzerland, and I was struck by their mass appeal. The art pieces were pure whimsy – unlike anything I’d seen, and yet so familiar,” Hanig recalls. “We are thrilled to bring this free art installation back to The Magnificent Mile.”

The original exhibit ran from June 15, 1999 to October 31, 1999 and featured 306 cows across the city and is it estimated that nearly 10 MILLION people saw the original exhibit!  If you were one of them, come out and see them again as the "Cows Come Home" to Chicago!

If you see a Cow take a photo, post it on your social media and use #CowsComeHome and #TheMagMile for your chance to be featured on our social media!

Continue reading to get a sneak peek at some of the Cows that will be on display!

  • Holy Cow!

    The Holy Cow! is currently owned by Grant DePorter and spends most of his days, when not on display, at Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch Restaurant.  This cow was inspired by Hall of Fame Chicago Cubs broadcast announcer Harry Caray.  His signature phrase was "Holy Cow!" and Harry was also known for wearing giant glasses.  

  • Mooving Eli

    Eli, the cow, sports roller blades to keep on moovin' toward a big slice of cherry topped cheesecake!  Eli is also carrying a large cherry cheesecake with a fork and cake server sculpture in case he runs into any other cows and wants to have a dessert party.  Eli's spots are in the shape of the state of Illinois!  He is owned by Eli’s Cheesecake and permanently out to pasture at Eli’s Cheesecake World on Chicago’s northwest side. He was created by artists Becky Flory and Betty Lark Ross!

  • End Of Parade

    End of Parade is a unique cow, as it is only the back half of one!  End of Parade is owned by Peter Hanig, and is usually on display at Hanig's Footwear in Wilmette.  This cow was brought to life by Dan Callahan.  



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