The Plaza of the Americas is located on the Hubbard Street Pedestrian Overpass between the Wrigley Building and the Realtor Building along Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” of Michigan Avenue. Design upgrades to this historic plaza include multi-tone granite paving for the walkways and custom granite planters with built-in seatwalls and a lush, ornamental perennial planting design that is enhanced through vibrant, annual plantings that change throughout the year.
The plaza is home to the Benito Juárez sculpture by Julian Martinez. Juárez was the first and only indigenous President of Mexico. The plaza was originally dedicated in 1963 by the then Mexican consulate general in honor of member countries with the Organization of American States, a celebration of the Latin American cultures represented in Chicago. The flags from each of those countries line the plaza.