Candee, Polly, and Marilyn





We first saw Marilyn in July of 2011 as we were walking up Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. We were stopped in our tracks by the larger than life statue of Marylin Monroe’s famous scene from the 1955 film, “The Seven Year Itch. “ She’s now forever frozen in time, standing over the NYC subway grate, coyly trying to hold down her billowing white dress that is being blown above her knees.  In 1955, that certainly must have been a shocker.




'Forever Marilyn' as seen from another angle!








Speaking of her dress, when you stand under her (which everyone does when they pose for pictures), you can look up and see her white undies trimmed with lace.  It’s okay, I know you were wondering about it!

The 40,000 pound, 26 foot tall statue, entitled ‘Forever Marilyn’ was created by Seward Johnson.  This statue has been deemed a public eyesore by some, and yes,  it is a bit garish, but it does achieve something….smiles!  The people I saw crowded around the statue were all smiling and laughing, and genuinely seemed to be having a good time posing with Marilyn.




'I always heard this was called, The Windy City!'

We returned to Chicago in May and couldn’t wait to see Marilyn again.  Our timing was perfect, because 5 days later, she was dismantled and transported out to Palm Springs, CA where she will be on display over the next year.  I guess ‘forever’ is only temporary for this statue!


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2 Responses to “Forever Marilyn…Goodbye Chicago!”

  1. I’m glad I was able to see Marilyn before she was moved. I was in Chicago in November, and will be back there in two days. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, is in her old place.

    Polly #2

  2. love the pictures polly tell Mrs.shneide hi. Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!