Thank YOU… Garish Statue of Marilyn Monroe to be Removed from Chicago Scene

-By Warner Todd Huston

Back in August of 2011 I finally made it downtown to take a gander at the tacky Marilyn Monroe statue that was placed at Pioneer Court near the Tribune building on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. It was a horrible. But finally, we are told that the statue is going to be removed from its current perch. Now I call THAT a beautification project!

When I saw it in August I said, “It is nothing short of a gigantic pile of tackiness in the middle of the Windy City. But the sponsors call it ‘art,’ nonetheless.” My final word on it was, “Anyway, it is an ugly, kitschy, oversized, spectacle. I give it thumbs down.”

I wasn’t the only one that panned the thing. slammed the statue as the number one worst tourist trap in the nation.

“Forever Marilyn” Seward Johnson; Chicago, Illinois

Detractors have found so many things to criticize about this work that it’s hard to know where to start: its 26-foot (7.9 meter) scale, its impropriety given that the movie to which it pays tribute is set in New York, and its perceived crudeness given that viewers are able to look directly up the screen siren’s dress. Luckily, she’ll only be there until 2012.

But, all that is in the past… almost. Soon the statue will be removed and the Mag Mile will have all the more class for it, too.

About Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's and,,,,, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. Warner is also the editor of the Midwest Editor for He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. "The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson
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