Chicago Public Art Program


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


Public Art Program — Request For Qualifications (RFQ)

The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in partnership with the office of Alderman Christopher Taliaferro and the Chicago Park District invite professional artists and artist teams with a demonstrated history of completing major permanent outdoor public art projects to submit their qualifications for a $150,000 commission remembering community leader Ray Charles Easley and his continuing legacy to be placed in Austin Town Hall Park. (Location is pending Park Enhancement Committee approval).

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 Prequalified List

The 2023/2024 Chicago Public Art Prequalified List is a juried pool of 58 professional artists, artist teams, and arts nonprofits based in Chicago. The list helps facilitate the selection of artists for public art and other special commission opportunities of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Chicago Public Art Program.

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.