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2017 Year of Public Art Chicago

About the Chicago Public Art Collection

Year of Public Art  >  About the Chicago Public Art Collection

 "The Picasso" in Daley Plaza

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The Chicago Public Art Collection managed by DCASE includes 500+ works of art exhibited in over 150 municipal facilities around the city, such as police stations, libraries and CTA stations. DCASE also administers the City’s Percent-for-Art Ordinance established in 1978, which stipulates that 1.33% of the cost of constructing or renovating public buildings will be used for public art.

Additionally, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Transit Authority and community organizations manage their own public art programs—bringing even more public art to neighborhoods and shining a spotlight on talented local artists.