Chicago Public Art Program

Candida Alvarez, Howlings - Soft Paintings, 2017-2019, Latex in on PVC mesh, 200 ft wide, spread over 4 panels x 14-17 ft tall, Riverwalk, Michigan Avenue at Wacker Drive, Chicago IL.

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Candida Alvarez, Howlings - Soft Paintings, 2017-2019, Latex in on PVC mesh, 200 ft wide, spread over 4 panels x 14-17 ft tall, Riverwalk, Michigan Avenue at Wacker Drive, Chicago IL.

 

The Chicago Public Art Collection includes more than 500 works of art exhibited in over 150 municipal facilities around the city, such as police stations, libraries, and CTA stations. As part of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Public Art Program administers the Chicago Public Art Collection and implements the City’s Percent for Art Ordinance. The Collection provides the citizens of Chicago with an improved public environment and enhances city buildings and spaces with quality works of art by professional artists.

Chicago Public Art Collection Highlights

Monument to the Great Northern Migration Crossing Floating Family Riverwalk Gateway
Harold Washington Library  Current  Rara Avis Snow Sculpture for Chicago
Haymarket Memorial Midway Airport 911 Center Branch Libraries
Chicago Police Headquarters Gallery 37 Center for the Arts Goldblatt's Building Cloud Gate
Fountain of Time Jacob's Ladder Crown Fountain Dawn Shadows
 Agora  I Will  The Picasso Four Seasons
 Carpet  Monument with Standing Beast    

 

 

For information on the Public Art Percent-for-Art Ordinance, Chicago Public Art Guide, Policies & Procedures and the Percent-for-Art Fund Financial Statements, visit our Publications & Reports page.

Chicago Artist Email Registry
The Chicago Public Art Program maintains a Chicago Artist Registry, which serves as a reference catalog of work by local artists. It is a resource for Percent-for-Art projects and is open to all artists.
Chicago Public Art Projects
The Chicago Public Art Program implements the City’s Percent-for-Art and manages other publicly-funded permanent and temporary public art throughout the city.
Mural Registry
The Mural Registry catalogues Chicago’s collection of murals, and includes a growing list of completed murals created on private and public property.
Public Art Program — Request For Qualifications (RFQ)
The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is seeking an artist or artist team to create wall-mounted high relief sculptures for the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park, Canine and Equine Plaza addition.
Public Art Program — Request For Qualifications (RFQ)
DCASE and the Chicago Public Art Program invite Chicago-based professional artists, professional artist teams and nonprofit arts organizations to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in the 2020/2021 Chicago Public Art Prequalified List.

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Help us to create a public art plan that reflects the opinions and desires of Chicago residents by taking our Public Art Plan Survey.

 

Chicago's Public Art Guide

Use the maps referenced below to find locations and information on Chicago's public art.


Download the Chicago Public Art Guide (.pdf) (06/04)