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Fiberglass cows returning to Chicago

June 29, 2019
FILE - In this Aug. 13, 1999 file photo, fairgoers enjoy "Uncle Sam," one of several Cows on Parade being exhibited during the 147th Illinois State Fair in Springfield. A herd of fiberglass cows will be returning to Chicago’s Michigan Avenue to mark the 20-year-anniversary of a display of brightly painted bovines captured the attention of the country and inspired other cities to line their streets with their own statues of everything from lobsters to pigs to salmon. For the entire month of July, some 20 of these cows on display it is calling “Cows Come Home” to commemorate “Cows On Parade,” a 1999 public art exhibit consisting of well over 300 of the fiberglass critters sporting everything from baseball hats to Hawaii shorts to ladybug wings (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
FILE - In this Aug. 13, 1999 file photo, fairgoers enjoy "Uncle Sam," one of several Cows on Parade being exhibited during the 147th Illinois State Fair in Springfield. A herd of fiberglass cows will be returning to Chicago’s Michigan Avenue to mark the 20-year-anniversary of a display of brightly painted bovines captured the attention of the country and inspired other cities to line their streets with their own statues of everything from lobsters to pigs to salmon. For the entire month of July, some 20 of these cows on display it is calling “Cows Come Home” to commemorate “Cows On Parade,” a 1999 public art exhibit consisting of well over 300 of the fiberglass critters sporting everything from baseball hats to Hawaii shorts to ladybug wings (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

CHICAGO (AP) — A herd of fiberglass cows is returning to Chicago to mark the 20-year-anniversary of a popular display of brightly painted faux bovines that inspired other cities to line their streets with their own statues of everything from lobsters to pigs.

The Chicago Tribune reports that for the month of July, the city is commemorating the 1999 “Cows on Parade” exhibit what it’s calling “Cows Come Home.”

Some 20 cows will be on display. They include some of the original exhibit’s most popular cows, a colorful reminder of the original public art exhibit in which well over 300 fiberglass could be spotted downtown. The cows sported baseball caps, Hawaii shirts, sunglasses, ladybug wings and more.

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