Chicago Cows On Parade
After beating out New York City for the winning bid, Chicago was the first city in the United States to host Cows on Parade. In the summer of 1999, 300 life-size bovine beauties descended upon the Windy City, and took up residence in parks, streets, and local neighborhoods.
While top Chicago attractions such as Navy Pier, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Willis Tower were still popular, tourists to Chicago that summer came mainly for the cows. The Chicago Cows on Parade exhibit drew thousands of people who wanted to get a glimpse of the O'Leary memorial cow (which was originally thought to have started the Great Chicago Fire of 1871), the Millennium Cow, and cows covered in Astro Turf. Two cows were even raised and lowered as appendages to the State Street bridge over the Chicago River, while the bridge house became a "Cow Moo-seum" during the exhibit. There were even Cow Parade cows on display in several of Chicago's public transportation stations.