That statue of Marilyn Monroe on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue will be gone next week.

From the Trib article: “The arrival of Forever Marilyn caused a stir among local critics, with some arguing that groups of  onlookers taking pictures with her exposed legs was a throwback to sexist times.”

Oh my! Pictures with exposed legs! Is that not normal? I do that with the waitresses at Tilted Kilt every time I’m there.

Anyway. Like some others, I thought it was odd to have her statue there in the first place. Didn’t get the Chicago connection.

So I’ve come up with some replacement statues to stand in her soon-to-be former spot in Pioneer Square. Some have Chicago ties, some don’t (hey if they can do it with Marilyn, so can I, with others).

Fiona (Emmy Rossum), of Shameless.

Emmy Rossum as Fiona in Showtime's Shameless

Fiona, the feisty Chicago Irish gal taking care of the Gallagher clan on the city’s near west side. This Emmy deserves an Emmy, if not the statue.

The Cast of The League

The League on FX

It’s a kick-arse show and it takes place in Chicago. Shame on you if you haven’t seen it yet.

Al Bundy from Married with Children. Also set in Chicago. Or maybe you can have Kelly Bundy, wearing the Marilyn dress.

Brit Marling

Actress Brit Marling

Nothing to do with Chicago. But I adore this talented actress/writer and it’s an excuse to post her pic again.

Al Capone. Ok, this would never fly in a city trying to forget this kinda history. But you have to admit, it would draw tons of tourists. As long as his legs aren’t exposed.

Candyman. Even more dastardly than Mr. Capone. He ruled the Cabrini Green housing project with a hook for a hand.


Jenny McCarthy. Cute actress (and famous mom now) from Chicago’s south side.

Daenerys “Dany” Targaryen. Her grace,  the Mother of Dragons from Game of Thrones.

Dany in Game of Thrones on HBO

Probably would be the most popular of them all. Throw her dragons in there too, for good measure.

And finally, Ferris Bueller. Obvious choice. Or the gang from The Breakfast Club.