Chicago Public Art Program


Artwork by Jackie Kazarian

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 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
View a listing of forthcoming Public Art Projects, including new projects, projects in the design and selection phase, and projects in the fabrication/installation phase or recently completed. This is not a request for proposals and is provided for informational purposes only.

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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)