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The University of ChicagoConcrete Happening (Photo by: Michael Tropea)

Artwork: Concrete Happenings

January 1–June 11, 2017

Concrete Happenings invites art-lovers and car-lovers, artists and scholars, drivers and pedestrians to confront the power of public art. This series of exhibitions and interactive public programs offers opportunities to engage with “Concrete Traffic” – a Cadillac encased in concrete by Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell in 1970 and installed at a University parking garage last year.

University of Chicago Campus North Parking Garage, 5525 S. Ellis Ave.



The Trust for Public Land/ The 606Turning Sky

Artwork: Turning Sky

January 7, 2017, 4pm

As part of the annual Walk With Light, The 606 unveils the new installation “Turning Sky” by Chicago-based artists Luftwerk. The work is an ever-shifting light installation where nature, art and technology merge to translate current weather data—wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity and barometric pressure – onto LED lighting on the Milwaukee Avenue bridge.

The 606, 1800 N. Milwaukee Ave.



Steel Petal Press

Artwork: Letterpress Demonstration and Q&A

Second Saturdays of the month, January 14–June 10, 2017, 2–3pm

From printers row to the invention of the flatbed press over 100 year ago, Chicago has a long and rich history in printing arts. Steel Petal Press uses historic machines to demonstrate the process of letterpress printing from start to finish.

2321 N. Milwaukee Ave.



Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Exhibit: The Pride & Perils of Chicago Public Art

January 14–July 30, 2017

For over 200 years, Chicago has been putting art in public places. Sometimes it’s loved. Sometimes it’s hated. To further complicate matters, times change – and so do people and tastes. See for yourself in this exhibition of stories and historical public artwork of the past 200 years.

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.



The University of ChicagoFantastic Architecture: Vostell, Fluxus and the Built Environment

Exhibit: Fantastic Architecture: Vostell, Fluxus and the Built Environment

January 17–March 17, 2017

Opening reception on Sunday, January 22, 2017, 4–6pm

Presented as part of Concrete Happenings, this exhibition situates Wolf Vostell’s practice within the context of the international Fluxus movement and its interest in the built environment. Organized by the Neubauer Collegium, the exhibition will feature works from the University’s Special Collections at the Regenstein Library and loans from local, national, and international collections.

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, 5701 S. Woodlawn Ave.



The University of Chicago

Vostell Concrete, 1969–1973

January 17–June 11, 2017

Opening reception: January 22, 2017, 4–6pm

Presented as part of Concrete Happenings, this exhibition explores the Fluxus movement co-founder’s use of concrete as a material and artistic motif in a surprising number of ways in the late 1960s and early 70s, including his colossal “Concrete Traffic” (1970) sculpture that is part of the University’s public art collection.

Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave.



Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Exhibit: Eugene Eda’s Doors for Malcolm X College

January 21–June 25, 2017

This exhibition will reunite all 32 doors painted by Eugene Eda for the stairwells of the original, now demolished Malcolm X College. Painted in 1971 by one of the principal artists of the Wall of Respect, the monumental doors are a landmark of the Black Arts movement in Chicago.

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.



The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter MuseumThe National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

Exhibit: Urban Culturalism

January 30–February 1, 2017 (12-7pm) and February 9 – 11 (5-8pm)

Exhibit and celebration to rededicate the “Urban Culturalism” movement launched in Pullman with the opening of the museum in 1995.

10406 S. Maryland Ave.



Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Exhibit: The Subject is Chicago: People, Places, Possibilities

February 11–April 9, 2017

Six distinguished artists and curators, Miguel Aguilar, Janice Bond, Jesse Lee Cochran, Tempestt Hazel, Nicole Marroquin and Tricia Van Eck selected one artist from each of Chicago’s fifty wards, in order to engage a broad cross-section of Chicago artists, few of whom have exhibited previously at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.



DuSable Museum of African American History

Special Event: Project Respect – Artist Meet & Greet and Reception

February, 17, 2017, 6–8pm

Honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1967 dedication of the Wall of Respect, Project RESPECT includes an art installation, workshops facilitated by local artists and more.

740 E. 56th Pl.



Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Exhibit: The Wall of Respect: Vestiges, Shards and the Legacy of Black Power

February 25–July 30, 2017

Guest curated by Romi Crawford, Abdul Alkalimat and Rebecca Zorach, this exhibition chronicles how the Organization of Black Arts and Culture – a collection of 14 designers, photographers, painters and others – designed and produced one of the most significant projects in Chicago’s storied public art history – now covered over, at 43rd St. and Langley Ave.

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.



Connie Noyes

Artwork: Good Mourning Café

March 1 & 3, 2017, 6–9pm

The Good Mourning Cafe is a traveling art installation, social experiment and community outreach program conceived by artist and psychotherapist Connie Noyes. The cafe provides a free and safe space for Chicagoans to tell personal stories related to death and dying while exploring the painful emotions that accompany mourning.

Elephant Room Gallery, 704 S. Wabash Ave.

FREEPublic Art and the Art Institute of Chicago


Art Institute of Chicago

Talk/Tour: Public Art and the Art Institute of Chicago

Fridays, March 3 and May 5, 2017, 12pm

Presented by the Department of Museum Education

111 S. Michigan Ave., Meet in Griffin Court

FREE with admission


Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia CollegeRevolution at Point Zero: Feminist Social Practice

Exhibit: Revolution at Point Zero: Feminist Social Practice

March 9–April 24, 2017, 9am–5pm

As the launch of an ongoing research project led by Neysa Page-Lieberman and Melissa Potter examining the legacy of feminism in socially-engaged art, this exhibit features women-identified, North American artists whose work focuses on themes of domestic labor; human trafficking; racial and gender justice; healing through consciousness-raising and radical acts of the personal and political.

1104 S. Wabash Ave.



Navy Pier, Polk Bros ParkImpulse

Artwork: Impulse

March 10–May 21, 2017

Impulse is a publicly activated light and sound experience that allows guests to create compositions with unique, urban instruments. It was originally created for the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership in Montreal, Canada b Lateral Office and CS Design.


Streeterville Neighborhood Advocates

Tour: Streeterville Public Art Project

March 13, 2017, 7pm

The Streeterville Public Art Project increases awareness, appreciation and investment in public art in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago.

681 N. Fairbanks Ct.



The University of ChicagoFrom Spaces to Places: Public Art Walking Tour (Photo by: Kelsey Akers)

Tour: From Spaces to Places: Public Art Walking Tour

Third Wednesdays of the month, March 15–June 21, 2017, 5:30–6:30pm

UChicago Arts and the Office of Civic Engagement present monthly tours of a small sample of the stunning works that have helped shape the University’s intellectual and cultural life, from works that boldly claim open spaces to those tucked unexpectedly between buildings.

Starts: Black Sphere, across from Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis Ave.



Roman Susan Art FoundationProperty

Exhibit: Property

April 1–30, 2017

In a collaborative project by Roman Susan Art Foundation and the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, this storefront window exhibition features new image-based works that reflect the way neighborhoods grow, mutate and persist as a result of property development.

7363 N. Greenview Ave.



Audience Architects

Performance: Chicago Dance Month 2017

April 1–30, 2017

Audience Architects, the leading service organization for building and engaging dance audiences in Chicago, kicks off the fifth annual Chicago Dance Month. Highlighting the breadth, diversity and artistic richness of the Chicago dance community, Chicago Dance Month features a wide variety of performances, classes, educational opportunities, open rehearsals and more.

Multiple locations


Highlights of Chicago Press and BronzevilleGreat Migration Public Art Tour

Tour: Great Migration Public Art Tour

Select dates, April 8–April 22, 2017, 1–3pm

Bernard Turner, founder of Highlights of Chicago Press, leads a tour of Bronzeville's King Drive Walk of Fame, the largest exhibit of public art in Chicago featuring 91 plaques that highlight neighborhood notables such as Richard Wright, Dinah Washington and Gwendolyn Brooks along with artistic benches, murals and monuments.

Meeting Place SE Corner Bronzeville -- 35th and King Drive



The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago

Performance: B-SeriesB-Series

April 14–15, 2017

A celebration of the cultures, histories and aesthetics of hip-hop and street-dance forms such as breaking, popping and Chicago footwork, the B-series spotlights some of the most talented street dancers in the region. Curated by Kelsa Robinson, visiting lecturer at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago.

1306 S. Michigan Ave.



University of Illinois at Chicago and Open EngagementOpen Engagement Justice Chicago 2017

Special Event: Open Engagement 2017: Justice

April 20–23, 2017

Open Engagement (OE) is the largest artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially-engaged art.

University of Illinois at Chicago

FREE/Sliding Scale


Out of Site ChicagoEnChance

Performance: EnChance

Friday, April 21

  • Sara Zalek, 5-7pm - UIC Halsted Blue Line Stop
  • Joshua Kent, 5-7pm - Trade Center Plaza

Saturday April 22

  • Janet Schmid, 5-7pm - UIC Halsted Blue Line Stop

Out of Site Chicago facilitates unexpected encounters of public performance that directly involve the public. The works by Janet Schmid, Sara Zalek, Nora Sharp, Joshua Kent and Mothergirl demonstrat dance as an interactive medium and empower participants with group choreography.



Sounding BronzevilleSounding Bronzeville

Spring Fling at Sounding Bronzeville

April 22, 2017, 1-4pm

Come and join us as we open up the season to see the beginning blossoms of the season and what visitors have come to the Burnham Wildlife Corridor during the winter months.

39th at Lake Shore Drive at the Burnham Wildlife Corridor



ContratiempoCaracol–A Gathering Space

Artwork/Performance: Caracol–A Gathering Space

Select dates, April 29–September 30, 2017

Caracol (Like snails, immigrants carry their home with them) is a community and artist-developed installation program inspired by the themes of migration, language and literature as identity builders. The weekend art programs in this living laboratory among the lakefront’s native ecology examines how we connect to the land, the city and across our communities.

Burnham Wildlife Corridor Gathering Space north of 31st Street Beach at the Lakefront



Chicago Sculpture Exhibit

Artwork: CSE Celebrates 50 With 50

May 8, 2017–May 2018; Kickoff party on Friday, June 23, 2017

Fifty large-scale public sculptures will be on unveiled throughout Chicago over a three-week period beginning on May 8, 2017. All activities are free and neighborhoods will be provided resources and assistance to make each unveiling a "happening."

Multiple locations



Sounding BronzevilleSounding Bronzeville

May 20, 2017, 1-4pm

Meditation, sound therapy and storytelling.

39th at Lake Shore Drive at the Burnham Wildlife Corridor



Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center

Exhibit: 99/1

June 3–August 13, 2017

99/1 is an exhibition program that will explore sculpture and design concepts in relation to the longstanding Percent-for-Art Ordinance of the Chicago Public Art Program. The exhibit features 3D works by Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center members who work in public sculpture, alongside an open call presentation of speculative new designs for public artworks in Chicago.

6433 N. Ravenswood Ave.


Public Art in Rogers Park Map Launch EventPublic Art in Rogers Park

June 4, 2017

Join Rogers Park Business Alliance in celebrating the launch of our Public Art in Rogers Park Map. We invite all neighbors and visitors alike to walk the vibrant streets of Rogers Park and experience Mile of Murals guided tours while enjoying our award winning Glenwood Sunday Market. The Public Art in Rogers Park Map is an online, interactive digital map (also available in hard copies) that features over 70 murals and sculptures in the neighborhood.

Two one-hour tours of the Mile of Murals Project at 11am and 1pm

For more information visit, or call 773.508.5885.

Glenwood Sunday Market, 6962 N. Glenwood Ave. Chicago, IL 60626


Tiny Tapp & Café

Performance: Tales from the Riverbank

June 11-September 10, 2017


Tiny Tapp launches a multidisciplinary performance platform against the stunning backdrop of the Chicago River.


Illinois Humanities

Performance: An Evening at the Pekin Theater featuring Reginald Robinson

June 17, 2017

Illinois Humanities with City of Chicago Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson presents a stylistic reenactment of performances at the Pekin Theatre featuring ragtime pianist and MacArthur Fellow Reginald Robinson, a full band and performance ensemble. Established in 1905 and lauded as the “Temple of Music,” the Pekin was the first black-owned musical and vaudeville stock theater in the country.

 Sounding Bronzeville

Sounding Bronzeville


June 18, 2017, 1-4pm

"JUNETEENTH" at Sounding Bronzeville and Sankofa for the Earth collaboration celebration on African and Black-American Folklore.

39th at Lake Shore Drive at the Burnham Wildlife Corridor

FREEWeave Trees


Chicago Park District and Synapse Arts

Performance: Weave Trees

June 21, 2017, 11am–9pm

As part of the annual Make Music Chicago festival, this performance event takes place within a site-specific installation of textiles that hang from trees. Throughout the day, 30 minute dances activate the textiles, and the dancers will lead arm-knitting workshops to help add onto the handmade installation.

Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.


Chicago Park District and Chicago Sculpture InternationalSculpture Around Town

Tour: Sculpture Around Town

June 21, 24 and 25, 2017

Trolley tours highlight the Chicago Sculpture International’s Sculpture In the Parks (15 sculptures near Chicago Park District cultural centers) and the Chicago Tree Project (30 sculptures made from dead trees). Each tour highlight a different area of the city from north to south to west sides and include talks by the artists.

Starts/Ends: Chicago Cultural Center, west alley


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special EventsZORZORZOR

Special Event: Taste of Chicago Street Art & Graffiti Alley

July 5–9, 2017, 12-6pm

A new arts activation at Taste, local artists will create works of art right in front of you. Featuring: Miguel "Kane One" Aguilar, Tyrue "Slang" Jones, Bunny XLV and ZORZORZOR.

Grant Park, Between Buckingham Fountain Plaza and North Rose Garden



Dance in the ParksDance in the Parks


July 11–August 5, 2017

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 6pm

In its 9th season of free, portable, professional dance concerts, Dance in the Parks' will perform at 16 neighborhood parks throughout the city as part of Mayor Emanuel's Night Out in the Parks initiative. Visit for a full listing.

Citywide Park District locations



Art on Clark

July 18, 2017

Opening Night Party at Gaslight Bar & Grille (2450 N. Clark), 6-8pm

Ten sculptures will be on display as part of this public art program designed to brighten and enhance one of Lincoln Park’s vibrant cultural hubs. Learn more about the sculptures and artists using the Art on Clark self-guided sculpture tour available through Otocast, a mobile app for narrated audio guides. 

Art on Clark is a program designed to showcase the talents of local artists, beautify the neighborhood and transform Clark Street’s sidewalks into an open art gallery for all to enjoy. Lincoln Park residents and visitors are invited to experience the art while enjoying the sights, foods and shops that populate Clark Street.


Chicago Artist CoalitionChicago Artist Coalition



July 21-August 10, 2017

BOLT Residency: Luis Sahagun

HATCH Projects: Anna Showers-Cruser, Cameron Clayborn, Sydney Shavers, curated by Ariel Gentalen


Sounding Bronzeville

July 22, 2017, 1-4pm

Freestyle dance workshop and sounds of the djigeridoo.

39th at Lake Shore Drive at the Burnham Wildlife Corridor



Everyone's Picasso: 50th Anniversary Celebration

August 8, 2017, 12-1:30pm

To mark the sculpture's 50th anniversary, public historian and artist Paul Durica - along with an intergenerational cast of collaborating organizations, artists, and advocates from across the city -will restage the unveiling of the Chicago Picasso.

Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.



Green Scene ChicagoThree Sisters Tale (Image credit: Martie Sanders)

Performance: Three Sisters Tale

August 10-11, 2017

Staged and performed outdoors at a community garden, this family-friendly play is adapted from an Iroquois legend that imparts this wisdom of planting corn, beans and squash (the three sisters) together.

This project is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.



Yollocalli Arts ReachYollocalli Arts Reach

Exhibit: Yollocalli Summer Youth Exhibition

August 11, 5:30pm

An exhibit featuring work created by Street Art Studio and Public Art Internship, videos and photos from Camera Flux, documentary work from Young Run Chi, cool zines from Yollocalli Youth Council and audio work from Your Story, Your Way.

2801 S. Ridgeway Ave.



Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

Film: Public Art Film Series

August 12-13, 2pm & August 14-15, 6:30pm

The Chicago Cultural Center will screen a series of films that offer a time capsule to an era in Chicago when public art, murals and sculpture were just beginning to take form.

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.



Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special EventsPicasso

Talk: 50 Years Later: Reflections on Chicago's Picasso

August 15, 2017, 12:15pm

Cultural historian Paul Durica will moderate a conversation among Chicago artists, YouMedia teens and representatives from the Studs Terkel Radio Archive in a discussion examining the impact of this iconic artwork on the public art landscape since its dedication on August 15, 1967.

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.



Chicago Public Library

Talk: The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure

August 15, 2017, 6pm

Art historian Patricia Balton Stratton, along with an esteemed group of panelists will discuss her new book The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure.

Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St.



Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

Film: Public Art Film Series

August 15, 2017, 6:30pm

As part of the Public Art Film Series, the Chicago Cultural Center will screen films related to the Picasso's 1967 dedication.

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.



Sounding Bronzeville

Sounding BronzevilleWatermelon Chatter

August 19, 2017, 1-4pm

Intergenerational dialogue on how to manifest dreams and discuss resources available to youth. Watermelon slices provided.

39th at Lake Shore Drive at the Burnham Wildlife Corridor



Polish Triangle Coalition

Performance: Tuesdays at the Triangle

Polish Triangle CoalitionThru August 29

Join the Polish Triangle Coalition for music, dance and spoken word/poetry every Tuesday evening from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair or just stop by after work for a quick bite to eat from one of our food vendors and meet someone new in the neighborhood.

Ashland, Division and Milwaukee


Statue Stories

TourStatue Stories

July-August 31, 2017

If statues could talk, what would they tell? Hear David Schwimmer, Shondra Rhimes, Malcolm London, Tracy Letts and other Chicago actors bring some of Chicago's most iconic statues to life.

Locations citywide



Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology

Tour: Soundwalks in the Parks

Thru August 2017

Rediscover Chicago’s unexpected soundscapes in all their verdant and imaginative splendor.


Expo Chicago and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events


August 28-September 2017

A collaboration between EXPO Chicago and DCASE, the Override Billboard Project is a temporary citywide public art exhibition that will activate the 28 LED digital billboards in Chicago’s City Digital Network with works by leading international artists.

Locations citywide



Bronzeville Art District

Tour: Bronzeville Trolley Tour

Third Friday July-September, 6-9pm

The Bronzeville Art District hosts a trolley tour of six fine art galleries in historic Bronzeville.


Sculpture Around Town Lecture Series

September 9-23, 2017

Chicago Sculpture International Announces Fall 2017 "Sculpture Around Town" lecture series

Organization dedicated to bringing sculpture to the community is partnering with the Chicago Park District to offer workshops and lectures on outdoor art exhibits September 9th, 16th, and 23rd.

Th lectures are hosted at Chicago Park District Cultural Centers where sculptures by CSI sculptors are exhibited. This includes the Sculpture in the Parks exhibit, which features 18 free-standing sculptures near Chicago Park District Cultural Centers and the Chicago Tree Project Exhibit, which includes 30 sick or dying trees that have been transformed into vibrant public art. At each lecture, participants will enjoy viewing the sculptures and get hands-on interaction with the artists.

Six 45-minute Saturday lectures will be offered:

  • Marget McMahon and The Gift of Art Sculpture Workshop at Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West - September 9, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Paul Russal at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. - September 9, 11:30am-12:15pm
  • Nichole Beck at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. - September 16, 11:30am-12:15pm
  • Melanie Cooper Pennington at Calumet Park, 9801 S. Avenue G - September 16, 10:30-11:15am
  • Ruth Aizuss-Migdal at Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave. - September 16, 10:30-11:15am
  • Janet Austin at Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt Ave. - September 23, 10:30-11:15am


Expo ChicagoExpo Chicago (Image Credit: Cory Dewald)

Special Event

September 13-17, 2017

Expo Chicago presents a series of on-site programs at Navy Pier as well as off-site programming throughout the city.

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Fee: $20-40


Sounding Bronzeville

September 16, 2017, 1-4pm

Bike to skate, walk, run to Sounding Bronzeville.

39th at Lake Shore Drive at the Burnham Wildlife Corridor



Edgewater Artist in MotionEdgewater Arts Festival

Special Event: Edgewater Arts Festival

September 23-24, 2017, 11am-6pm

The Edgewater Arts Festival offers an impressive, multicultural and multigenerational lineup of Chicago art artists that attracts thoughts of art lovers and buyers from all over the city.

1140 W. Granville


Illinois Humanities and Chicago Humanities FestivalCrowd Out

Performance: Crowd Out

October 1, 2017

Beginning in June 2017, the Illinois Humanities and the Chicago Humanities Festival will join forces with community organizations across the city to host a series of 50 gatherings-one per ward-culminating in the American premiere of David Lang's crowd out, a performance by 1,000 voices representing the entire city.

Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.



Chicago Transit Authority

Artwork/Tour: CTA Public Art Collection

May–October, 2017

The Chicago Transit Authority is home to a significant collection of site-specific public artworks permanently displayed in over 50 rail stations. Commissioned through a joint community-engagement and curatorial process, the CTA Public Art Collection represents the work of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, the majority of whom are Chicagoans.

Multiple locations



Wabash Arts CorridorWabash Arts Corridor

Exhibition: A More Perfect Union

September 1-October 20, 2017

For the second annual Wabash Arts Corridor exhibition, A More Perfect Union takes an expanded look at inclusivity and features murals by artists from all over the world.

623 S. Wabash Ave.


Lakeview Mural by Anthony Lewellen

Dedication of Lakeview Mural by Anthony Lewellen

Friday, November 3 at 8:30am

Intersection of Lincoln/Ashland/Belmont


Columbia College Chicago

¡Sí, Se Puede! (Cesar Chavez pictured)Exhibition: ¡Sí, Se Puede!

September 5-November 4, 2017, 9am-5pm

Six artists will immerse themselves in archives of Victor Alemán, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta and their work with the United Farm Workers to curate ephemera from these activists' work and create new works, public artworks along the Wabash Arts Corridor and in Pilsen and Little Village.

Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104S. Wabash Ave.



University of ChicagoUniversity of Chicago From Spaces to Places: Public Art Walking Tour

Tour: From Spaces to Places: Public Art Walking Tour

Second and Fourth Thursdays, September 14-November 9, 5:30-6:30pm

University of Chicago presents bi-weekly tours of a small sample of the stunning works that have helped shape the University’s intellectual and cultural life.

Starts: Black Sphere, across from Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis Ave.


Terrain BiennialTerrain Biennial (Artwork: Emily Hermant 2015 Terrain Biennial)

Exhibition: Terrain Biennial

October 1-November 15, 2017

October 1: Opening Block Party

The 3rd Annual Terrain Biennial repurposes private spaces, such as front yards, and fills them with artworks that challenge traditional notions of home, neighborhood and public art. The Biennial will engage spaces across the country, with a focus on the City of Chicago's 50 wards.

Locations citywide



Chicago Children's MuseumA Room of My Own

Exhibit: A Room of My Own

January 5–November 20, 2017, 10am–5pm

Introduce your children to the world of art at Chicago Children's Museum. Delight in the display of illuminated rooms showcasing children's ideas about being in charge of a "room of their own". Listen to excerpts of conversations with artist Jamie Topper and children who contributed to this unique project.

700 E. Grand Ave. on Navy Pier

Target FREE Family Night on Thursdays, 5–8pm

FREE for ages 15 and under on the first Sunday of the month


Chicago Children's Museum

Performance: Made in Chicago

First Thursday of the month, January 5–December 7, 2017, 5:30–7:3pm

Introduce your children to the world of music, performance and dance at the Chicago Children's Museum’s Made in Chicago monthly performance series. Enjoy a theater-like environment in the museum's Great Hall where you can be certain child-friendly, engaging productions will be performed by Chicago's leading youth talent.

700 E. Grand Ave. on Navy Pier

Target FREE Family Night on Thursdays, 5–8pm


University of Chicago

Art in the Nuclear Age (Image credit: Photo by Tom Rossiter)Program: Art in the Nuclear Age

September 16-December 9, 2017

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Henry Moore's landmark sculpture "Nuclear Energy," the University of Chicago will host a series of programs that explore how art has shaped nuclear age.

5801 S. Ellis Ave.



Chicago Architecture BiennialChicago Architecture Biennial (Artwork: Norman Kelley, Chicago, Do You See, Chicago Architectural Biennial 2015)

Special Event

September 16, 2017-January 7, 2018

For the second edition 100 firms from more than 30 countries will display surprising new works that "Make New History," about how the present informs the past and how local resonates globally.

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. and locations citywide



Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special EventsCalder

Special Event: Public Art Festival

October 2017

October is also the perfect time to get out and explore your favorite public artworks across the city—from Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”) in Millennium Park to The Picasso on Daley Plaza, vibrant murals throughout the Pilsen neighborhood and Alison Saar’s Monument to the Great Northern Migration in Bronzeville . There are so many ways to explore—including the Public Art Chicago app, the Statue Stories Chicago project and public art information on the Choose Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Park District and DCASE website.

Grant support provided by Allstate Insurance Company

Locations citywide



Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

Exhibition: CTA Lightbox SeriesCTA Lightbox Series

Starts October 2017

For the Year of Public Art, CTA has partnered with DCASE to highlight the perspectives of Chicago artists and neighborhoods. The illuminated lightboxes appear at the Loyola Red Line, and the Central, Cicero, Indiana, 43rd and King Drive stations along the Green Line.

Locations citywide



Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events50x50 Neighborhood Arts Projects (Artwork: Jeff Zimmerman, “ConAgra Mural”, 2016)

Artworks: 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Projects

October 2017

The 50x50 Neighborhood Art Project is a collaboration between DCASE, Aldermanic Offices and residents and artists to bring new public art projects to all 50 wards.

Locations citywide




Cuba Si! Bloqueo No! Looking at the Cuban Revolution

October 13 - November 3, 2017, 6-9pm

Opening Reception: Friday, October 13, 6-10pm


  • Marc PoKempner
  • Rose Blouin
  • Marguerite Harberg
  • Eric Torres

Saturday, October 14, 4-6pm

Introductory remarks by Marguerite Harberg and Eric Torres

Program Selection of Documentary Shorts by Eric Torres.

All Guantánamo is Ours, a 37 minute film with English subtitles, shows the perspective and sentiment of the Cuban people, in particular those living in the towns around Guantanamo, about the illegal occupation of the U.S. Naval Base.

Friday, November 3, 6-11pm

6pm: Closing Reception

7-11pm: Film Screening double feature $5

7pm: Eyes on the Rainbow 20th Anniversary screening!
Filmed in 1997, Eyes of The Rainbow: A documentary film with Assata Shakur was recorded in Cuba 33 years after her exile. It encompasses the African Spirit Oya to illustrate the struggles Shakur has faced as a Revolutionary. Director: Gloria Rolando

Closing remarks by Fanny Rushing and Prexy Nesbitt

Special thanks to Simon Pyle at Latitude and Peter Kuttner for their kind assistance

Uri-Eichen Gallery, 2105 S. Halsted


Creative Spirit ChicagoHalloween Parade and Artists, Celebrating Chicago's Creative Spirits

Special Event: Arts in the Dark: The Halloween parade celebrating Chicago's creative community

October 21, 2017, 6-8pm

Arts in the Dark unites the city’s diverse creative community in a magical nighttime parade.

Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St.



Sounding Bronzeville

Sounding Bronzeville's Fall Harvest

October 21, 2017, 1-4pm

Bike to skate, walk, run to Sounding Bronzeville.

39th at Lake Shore Drive at the Burnham Wildlife Corridor



Art Institute of ChicagoThe Future of Public Art in Chicago

Talk: The Future of Public Art in Chicago

November 30, 6pm

Presented by The Department of Museum Education, DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly and others will discuss the future if public art in Chicago.

111 S. Michigan Ave.

FREE Thursday Evenings to Illinois Residents


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special EventsCaroling at Cloud Gate

Performances: Caroling at Cloud Gate

November 24-December 15, 2017, 6pm

Bundle up and get ready to belt out some holiday classics at these festive part concerts/part sing-alongs in front of Chicago's beloved public artwork. Local choral groups lead hundreads of celebrants in song.

Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.



Chicago Artist Coalition


Chicago Artist CoalitionExhibition

October 6-26, 2017

BOLT Residency: Huong Ngo

HATCH Projects: Lesley Jackson, Matt Mancini, Meg Leary, curated by Danny Floyd


November 3-23, 2017

BOLT Residency: Mayumi Lake

HATCH Projects: Rebecca Himelstein, Joseph Wilcox, curated by Meg T. Noe


December 1–21, 2017

BOLT Residency: Preview 7

HATCH Projects: Amy Leners, Yesenia Bello, Nicole Mauser, curated by Sheridan Tucker


Hyde Park Art CenterBill Walker: Urban Griot

Exhibition: Bill Walker: Urban Griot

November 5, 2017-April 8, 2018

Ailliam "Bill" Walker was a prolific muralist best known for creating the iconic Wall of Respect on Chicago's South Side. Urban Griot highlights Walker's artwork beyond the wall in a series of drawings and paintings that he made between 1979 and 1984.

5020 S. Cornell Ave.


Year of Public Art in Chicago’s Parks

Chicago Park District

Blog: Year of Public Art

In honor of the Year of Public Art, the Chicago Park District (CPD) has partnered with the Chicago Parks Foundation (CPF) to present a monthly blog series about public art in parks.


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

Artwork: Wabash Avenue Flying CreaturesWabash Avenue Flying Creatures

The Flying Creatures Initiative is a series of kinetic street sculptures -- or modern gargoyles -- designed to animate Chicago’s streetscapes. Creative youth programs from across the city will work with their students to create the flying creatures.

Wabash Ave. and Lake St. to Harrison St.