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Chicago Public Art Program

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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 Kerry James Marshall's Knowledge and Wonder
Floating Family  Current  Rara Avis
Riverwalk Gateway Snow Sculpture for Chicago Haymarket Memorial
Harold Washington Library 911 Center Branch Libraries
Midway Airport Gallery 37 Center for the Arts Goldblatt's Building
Chicago Police Headquarters Jacob's Ladder Crown Fountain
 Cloud Gate  Dawn Shadows  The Picasso
 Fountain of Time  I Will  Four Seasons
 Agora  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.

Most Recent News (Chicago Public Art Program)

Sep 21, 2017 A Gift to the City of Chicago, Kerry James Marshall will Create a Monumental Mural for the Chicago Cultural Center – During the Year of Public Art
Aug 10, 2017 EXPO CHICAGO and the City of Chicago Announce Second Annual Program for OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project
Aug 8, 2017 The City of Chicago will Celebrate the Year of Public Art with a Month-long Public Art Festival featuring New and Iconic Artworks throughout the City
Jul 21, 2017 The City of Chicago will Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of “Everyone's Picasso” on Daley Plaza
Jun 27, 2017 New Public Art Coming To The Chicago Riverwalk

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Related Links

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)