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Chicago Art

Stuck at home? Take virtual tours of these Chicago museums.

Stuck inside? You can still virtually experience some of the city’s best cultural offerings.

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22 Chicago murals to see right now

From Rogers Park to the Far South Side.

Vacant Wabash storefronts to get Bauhaus-inspired murals

The hope is to attract new businesses with the public art.

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Downtown Chicago’s most iconic public art

Iconic work from Picasso to Miro and Chagall.

The South Side’s wealth of architectural beauty highlighted in Lee Bey’s new book

Photographs in "Southern Exposures" showcase that area’s most beautiful—and often overlooked—buildings.

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11 storefront theaters that carved out a place for arts in Chicago neighborhoods

These theaters are worth the ticket price.

Art Institute hires Barcelona-based architects for new master plan

Barozzi/Veiga is dreaming big for the Chicago museum

Explore Tadao Ando’s famous museums and gallery designs at Wrightwood 659 exhibit

The show opens Thursday, October 3

Illinois Tech launches design festival to commemorate Bauhaus heritage

Learn about the Bauhaus professor that founded the Institute of Design

New exhibit examines the architecture of water systems at Field Museum

Complex infrastructure and hidden systems are revealed in photographs from Brad Temkin

Lincoln Yards gets ‘Alphabet Monster’ street art hidden within development

Hunt for all 26 pieces of art by Merlot in Lincoln Yards

A 25-foot inflatable sculpture will pop-up along the Green Line

The Floating Museum unveils its latest public art initiative

New downtown art installation changes with the weather

The digital display mimics falling rain, billowing clouds, and sunlight shining through trees.

Cloud-like sculpture of 7,000 hanging disks floats above Willis Tower lobby

Artist Jacob Hashimoto’s latest work transforms the skyscraper’s newly reopened Wacker Drive entrance.

Farnsworth House photo exhibit captures Mies’ buildings around the world

A Berlin-based photographer spent seven years shooting the architect’s modernist buildings

Gang graffiti removed from The Bean

The vandalized sculpture is back to looking like itself.

Timeline Theatre picks HGA to design new Uptown home

The project will repurpose an old warehouse building at Broadway and Argyle.

Restoration of South Side art center teaches youth about historic preservation

The 127-year-old art center building is getting some needed repairs.

Explore fine art and antiques at Merchandise Mart design show

About 75 local and international exhibitors will bring their best selections.

Learn how public art shaped Chicago through walking tour series

Register for Newberry Library seminars covering landscape design, theater, baseball, beer and more.

Street artists can register murals in a city database

The mural registry is City Hall’s way of protecting hundreds of artworks

Merchandise Mart projections expand to seven nights a week

"Art on theMART" will debut extended hours and new programming on May 13.

Theaster Gates presents art installations at Red Line’s 95th Street station

After hearing out the community, Gates decided a mural wasn’t going to be enough.

Check out this whimsical art installation at Navy Pier

View animations of classic fairy tales from inside 13 hand-powered zoetropes.

Venice Biennale exhibit ‘Dimensions of Citizenship’ heads to Chicago

Opening February 28, the installation explores the relationship between citizenship and design.

Giant beach-themed ball pit heads to Navy Pier

This is one Chicago "beach" worth visiting in January.

New Mag Mile mural depicts a surreal escape to ‘another world’

The striking installation by Spanish artist Ignasi Monreal blends medieval and modern motifs.

Design-focused gallery opens underground in downtown’s Pedway

The commuter’s tunnel will get lively installations

10 perfect holiday gifts by Chicago makers

From Midwest-inspired ceramics to neighborhood illustrations and artistic throws.

Kerry James Marshall’s public art will stay put at West Side library

After criticism, the mayor pulled the mural from auction at Christie’s.

Explore Chicago’s role in bicycle culture at new design exhibit

In 1897, Chicago manufacturers were making nearly two-thirds of all bicycles nationwide

Architectural Artifacts is downsizing, preview items in its massive auction

The auction items include everything from Frank Lloyd Wright chairs to an anatomical model of a cow skeleton

Tadao Ando-designed exhibition space opens in Lincoln Park

See work from architects Le Corbusier and Tadao Ando in the opening show

‘Art on theMART’ turns the Merchandise Mart into a 2.5-acre digital canvas

Thousands of Chicagoans came out to witness the project’s debut.

Sculpture by Yaacov Agam yanked from Michigan Avenue

Titled "Communication X9," the colorful column-like piece has been placed in storage.

Colorful Merchandise Mart art installation races towards September debut

The upcoming multimedia projection will shine a new light on the old Art Deco landmark.

Lollapalooza’s 2018 poster is a bird’s eye view of Grant Park

Baltimore-based artists created the vibrant, colorful poster

50 year later, John Massey’s colorful banners return to the Loop

Reproductions of the original designs—plus Massey-inspired children’s art—are headed to State Street.

Seven new murals expand Lakeview’s public art initiative in 2018

The neighborhood has earmarked 30 more potential art sites