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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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Hope and Renewal (sculpture) - Brown Line, Kimball

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Round and Round (glass) - Brown Line, Kedzie

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Carpet (mosaic) - Brown Line, Francisco

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Hidden Movers (mixed media) - Brown Line, Rockwell

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American Tourister (sculpture) - Brown Line, Damen

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The Encrypted Inning (sculpture) - Brown Line, Addison

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Transitions (sculpture) - Brown Line, Paulina

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

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

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

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

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To Soar (installation) - HWL

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Torgue Sequence (painting) - HWL

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

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Spring (painting) - HWL

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Carriona Figure No.2 (sculpture) - HWL

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Sleeping Beauty (sculpture) - HWL

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Madagascar V (sculpture) - HWL

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Red Sea (book art) - HWL

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Shadow of the Night (sculpture) - HWL

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Women Leaning (sculpture) - HWL

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Together #2 (sculpture) - HWL

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Untitled (2 heads) (photography) - HWL

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Hope and Renewal (sculpture) - Brown Line, Kimball

Round and Round (glass) - Brown Line, Kedzie

Carpet (mosaic) - Brown Line, Francisco

Hidden Movers (mixed media) - Brown Line, Rockwell

American Tourister (sculpture) - Brown Line, Damen

The Encrypted Inning (sculpture) - Brown Line, Addison

Transitions (sculpture) - Brown Line, Paulina

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

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

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

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

To Soar (installation) - HWL

Torgue Sequence (painting) - HWL

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

Spring (painting) - HWL

Carriona Figure No.2 (sculpture) - HWL

Sleeping Beauty (sculpture) - HWL

Madagascar V (sculpture) - HWL

Red Sea (book art) - HWL

Shadow of the Night (sculpture) - HWL

Women Leaning (sculpture) - HWL

Together #2 (sculpture) - HWL

Untitled (2 heads) (photography) - HWL