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Expanded: A Transit-Friendly Tour of Public Art

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You may have noticed, this is a damn fine town for public art: From the 40 years' worth of mural, mosaic, and sculpture put forth by the Chicago Public Art Group to the concentration of famed artists' work in The Loop, by Miro, Picasso, Dubuffet, Calder, and others. The Public Art Group's work is dispersed through the neighborhoods and The Loop's collection forms a taut and easily toured circuit that's already known to many. Curbed decided, with this feature, to focus on art on the CTA, specifically the Brown Line. We've expanded our wintertime map of the art circuit running from Kimball to the Harold Washington Library and visa-versa. The half-dozen additions are either new works or were previously edited out for the sake of concision. At Harold Washington, we selected the most prominent of works since there are many dozens to choose from (snag a brochure when you arrive). Sure, you can elect to hike the well traveled Loop public art circuit. But we wanted to curate a slightly off-kilter tour for the more adventurous type. Note: some of the CTA art requires you to exit the station, and so may not make financial sense to those without an unlimited fare card. Without further adieu, our expanded public art map:

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1. Hope and Renewal (sculpture) - Brown Line, Kimball

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3365 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

2. Round and Round (glass) - Brown Line, Kedzie

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4661 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

3. Carpet (mosaic) - Brown Line, Francisco

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4648 N Francisco Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

4. Hidden Movers (mixed media) - Brown Line, Rockwell

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N Rockwell St & W Eastwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

5. Camouflage Screen [glass]- Brown Line, Western

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N Western Ave & W Leland Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

6. American Tourister (sculpture) - Brown Line, Damen

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N Damen Ave & W Eastwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

7. MONT/ROSE: AREA [text]- Brown Line, Montrose

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1817 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

8. Commonplaces [mosaic]- Brown Line, Irving Park

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1816 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613

9. The Encrypted Inning (sculpture) - Brown Line, Addison

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N Lincoln Ave & W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613

10. Transitions (sculpture) - Brown Line, Paulina

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N Paulina St
Chicago, IL

11. Green [print]- Brown Line, Southport

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3411 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

12. We All Ride the Train Together (sculpture) - Red/Brown/Purple Line, Belmont

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W Belmont Ave & N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

13. Space Junction of Energy (sculpture) - Red/Brown/Purple Line, Belmont

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W Belmont Ave & N Wilton Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

14. Transience [glass]- Brown Line, Wellington

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945 W Wellington Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

15. Landslide (sculpture) - Red/Brown/Purple Line, Fullerton

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W Fullerton Ave & N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

16. Chicago El Stories [photography, text]- Red/Brown Line, Armitage

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944 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

17. Events in the Life of Harold Washington (mural) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

18. To Soar (installation) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

19. Torgue Sequence (painting) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

20. What Makes a Man-Tribal Warrior (pastel) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

21. Spring (painting) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

22. Carriona Figure No.2 (sculpture) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

23. Sleeping Beauty (sculpture) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

24. Madagascar V (sculpture) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

25. Red Sea (book art) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

26. Shadow of the Night (sculpture) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

27. Women Leaning (sculpture) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

28. Together #2 (sculpture) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

29. Untitled (2 heads) (photography) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

1. Hope and Renewal (sculpture) - Brown Line, Kimball

3365 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

3365 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

2. Round and Round (glass) - Brown Line, Kedzie

4661 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

4661 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

3. Carpet (mosaic) - Brown Line, Francisco

4648 N Francisco Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

4648 N Francisco Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

4. Hidden Movers (mixed media) - Brown Line, Rockwell

N Rockwell St & W Eastwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

N Rockwell St & W Eastwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

5. Camouflage Screen [glass]- Brown Line, Western

N Western Ave & W Leland Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

N Western Ave & W Leland Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

6. American Tourister (sculpture) - Brown Line, Damen

N Damen Ave & W Eastwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

N Damen Ave & W Eastwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

7. MONT/ROSE: AREA [text]- Brown Line, Montrose

1817 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

1817 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

8. Commonplaces [mosaic]- Brown Line, Irving Park

1816 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613

1816 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613

9. The Encrypted Inning (sculpture) - Brown Line, Addison

N Lincoln Ave & W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613

N Lincoln Ave & W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613

10. Transitions (sculpture) - Brown Line, Paulina

N Paulina St, Chicago, IL

N Paulina St
Chicago, IL

11. Green [print]- Brown Line, Southport

3411 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

3411 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

12. We All Ride the Train Together (sculpture) - Red/Brown/Purple Line, Belmont

W Belmont Ave & N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

W Belmont Ave & N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

13. Space Junction of Energy (sculpture) - Red/Brown/Purple Line, Belmont

W Belmont Ave & N Wilton Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

W Belmont Ave & N Wilton Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

14. Transience [glass]- Brown Line, Wellington

945 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

945 W Wellington Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

15. Landslide (sculpture) - Red/Brown/Purple Line, Fullerton

W Fullerton Ave & N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

W Fullerton Ave & N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

16. Chicago El Stories [photography, text]- Red/Brown Line, Armitage

944 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

944 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

17. Events in the Life of Harold Washington (mural) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

18. To Soar (installation) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

19. Torgue Sequence (painting) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

20. What Makes a Man-Tribal Warrior (pastel) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

21. Spring (painting) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

22. Carriona Figure No.2 (sculpture) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

23. Sleeping Beauty (sculpture) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

24. Madagascar V (sculpture) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

25. Red Sea (book art) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

26. Shadow of the Night (sculpture) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

27. Women Leaning (sculpture) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

28. Together #2 (sculpture) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

29. Untitled (2 heads) (photography) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605