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A Transit-Friendly Tour of Indoor Public Art

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["Women Leaning" by Marisol Escobar]

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 indoor public art. Tis' the season.

But how to organize such an ocean of art? With common sense. There's a lot of interesting art on the CTA these days, particularly along the Brown Line, where nearly every station features a striking mosaic or work of sculpture. So we chose to highlight much of the Brown Line's art. Check. Then we thought, 'hey, the Harold Washington Library has loads of art, but we never paid it much attention'. So we visited and selected pieces for the map below. Check. Put it all together, and you have a method for seeing art for free (except for that pesky CTA fare) while remaining largely indoors. If you don't live off the Brown Line, make it an adventure. When you arrive at Harold Washington, be sure to pick up an art brochure at any help desk for the full directory and foorplan. It's almost like a museum! 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 Indoor 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. American Tourister (sculpture) - Brown Line, Damen

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N Damen Ave & W Eastwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

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

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N Lincoln Ave & W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613

7. Transitions (sculpture) - Brown Line, Paulina

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N Paulina St
Chicago, IL

8. 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

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

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W Belmont Ave & N Wilton Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

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

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W Fullerton Ave & N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

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

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

12. To Soar (installation) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

13. Torgue Sequence (painting) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

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

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

15. Spring (painting) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

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

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

17. Sleeping Beauty (sculpture) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

18. Madagascar V (sculpture) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

19. Red Sea (book art) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

20. Shadow of the Night (sculpture) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

21. Women Leaning (sculpture) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

22. Together #2 (sculpture) - HWL

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

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

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400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

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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. American Tourister (sculpture) - Brown Line, Damen

N Damen Ave & W Eastwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

N Damen Ave & W Eastwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

6. 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

7. Transitions (sculpture) - Brown Line, Paulina

N Paulina St, Chicago, IL

N Paulina St
Chicago, IL

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

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

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

12. To Soar (installation) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

13. Torgue Sequence (painting) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

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

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

15. Spring (painting) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

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

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

17. Sleeping Beauty (sculpture) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

18. Madagascar V (sculpture) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

19. Red Sea (book art) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

20. Shadow of the Night (sculpture) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

21. Women Leaning (sculpture) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

22. Together #2 (sculpture) - HWL

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

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

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605