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An initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art in partnership with artists and organizations across the city, Art Design Chicago is a series of events and exhibitions that highlight the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities.


Victoria Martinez: Braiding Histories

April 6, 2024-July 28, 2024

Chicago Cultural Center


April 6, 2024-October 27, 2024

Hyde Park Art Center

The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige

April 6, 2024-October 27, 2024

Hyde Park Art Center

Arte Diseño Xicágo II • From the World’s Fair to the Present Day

April 12, 2024-August 11, 2024

National Museum of Mexican Art

Indelible ORIGINS | Place + People

April 14, 2024-November 2, 2024

The GREYSTONE Collective

Christina Ramberg: A Retrospective

April 20, 2024-August 11, 2024

Art Institute Chicago

Designing for Change: Chicago Protest Art of the 1960s–70s

May 18, 2024-June 28, 2025

Chicago History Museum

Akito Tsuda: Pilsen Days

June 3, 2024-December 31, 2024

Harold Washington Library

Of Her Becoming: Elizabeth Catlett’s Legacy in Chicago

June 14, 2024-August 31, 2024

Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago


June 15, 2024-December 31, 2024

Center for Native Futures

La Casa de Todos / Everyone’s Home

June 15, 2024-November 15, 2024

Comfort Station Logan Square

Quill Workshop

July 16, 2024-August 1, 2024

American Indian Center


July 20, 2024

105.5FM Chicago or

Why WE Are Here – Opening Reception

July 21, 2024

The GREYSTONE Collective

Poetry Smashbook Workshop

July 25, 2024

Art on Sedgwick

July Supper Club – vol. 36 by Txa Txa

July 26, 2024

Comfort Station Logan Square

Free Public Tour

July 27, 2024

National Museum of Mexican Art

Field Day

July 27, 2024

Navy Pier

Recorrido Público Gratuita

July 27, 2024

National Museum of Mexican Art

Drag Me to Life

July 27, 2024

Comfort Station Logan Square

Chicago Works | Andrea Carlson: Shimmer on Horizons

August 3, 2024-February 2, 2025

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Talk | Andrea Carlson

August 3, 2024

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Everybody’s Art: Free Art Making Workshop

August 11, 2024

National Museum of Mexican Art

Why WE Are Here – PaperMaking Workshop

August 17, 2024-August 31, 2024

The GREYSTONE Collective

The Existence of Black Art

August 17, 2024

Hyde Park Art Center

Adornment: The Influence of Style on Art

August 21, 2024

Hyde Park Art Center

Prospetto a Mare

August 30, 2024-December 20, 2024

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Drag Me to Life

August 31, 2024

Comfort Station Logan Square

Floating Monuments: Mecca Flats

September 1, 2024-September 30, 2024

Floating Museum

Why WE are Here – Creative Conversation

September 1, 2024

The GREYSTONE Collective

Anishinaabe Art: Stories of Today

September 2, 2024-September 2, 2025

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Learning Together: Art, Education, and Community

September 5, 2024-December 14, 2024

Gallery 400 at University of Illinois at Chicago

Opening Reception for Prospetto a Mare

September 5, 2024

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Radical Craft: Arts Education at Hull-House, 1889-1935

September 6, 2024-July 27, 2025

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Freedom From, Freedom To

September 6, 2024

Comfort Station Logan Square

Art for the Living & the Dead – Death Cafe

September 8, 2024

Comfort Station Logan Square

Indigenous Chicago

September 12, 2024-January 4, 2025

Newberry Library

Edgar Miller: Anti-Modern, 1917-1967

September 12, 2024-February 23, 2025

DePaul Art Museum

Why WE Are Here – Closing Reception

September 13, 2024

The GREYSTONE Collective

Art for the Living & the Dead – Death Cafe

September 16, 2024

Comfort Station Logan Square

Agency: Craft in Chicago from the 1970s–80s and Beyond

September 21, 2024-December 22, 2024

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

The Myth of the Organic City

September 22, 2024-June 27, 2025


Art for the Living & the Dead – Death Cafe

September 22, 2024

Comfort Station Logan Square

beLONGING:  Lithuanian Artists in Chicago 1900 to Now

September 28, 2024-May 17, 2025

Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

Drag Me to Life

September 28, 2024

Comfort Station Logan Square

Still Here: Linking Histories of Displacement

October 5, 2024-February 14, 2025

National Public Housing Museum

Drag Me to Life

October 13, 2024

Comfort Station Logan Square

Lecture in Photography: Dawit L. Petros

October 16, 2024

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Hand Drum Making Workshop

October 22, 2024-October 24, 2024

American Indian Center

Día de Muertos

October 26, 2024

Comfort Station Logan Square

Letters Beyond Form: Chicago Types

November 9, 2024-April 4, 2025

Design Museum of Chicago

Inverse Surveillance

December 6, 2024-April 5, 2025

Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN)

Making an Impression: Immigrant Printing in Chicago

December 12, 2024-March 29, 2025

Newberry Library

Chicago as Catalyst: Immigrant Communities Nourish Self-Taught Artists

January 2, 2025-May 27, 2025

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Woven Being: Art for Zhegagoynak/Chicagoland

January 26, 2025-July 13, 2025

Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University


Learn about the people, places, and ideas that drive Chicago’s dynamic arts
ecosystem. Dive in and discover interviews, essays, news, videos, and more.

Ivory colored sculptures on a white square pedestal with glass encasing.

Chicago Reader Showcases the History and Future of “What is Seen and Unseen”

Akito Tsuda and three reception attendees standing side by side smiling.

WTTW Takes a Look at the Reunion Inspired by “Pilsen Days”

Artist Victoria Martinez stands in front of an installation of her large-scale textile artworks.

Video: Artist Victoria Martinez Shares her Art and Influences

A street scene featuring an artwork pasted up on a brick wall. A figure passes by. A sign on the wall says "Build Coffee."

Look Longer: Reflections on Opening Passages

Portrait of Alice Shaddle seated among a collection of her artworks.

Reflecting on Alice Shaddle’s Fuller Circles: Art, Legacy, and Community

An aerial view of a festival site with green space, paths, and several pavilions.

Art Design Chicago Grants Awarded Spring 2024

A screenshot of The Triibe website featuring the Art Design Chicago article and a photo of Robert Paige wearing a white beret and large glasses.

In The Triibe: Art Design Chicago Honors the Black Experience

Group photo of members of the Greystone Collective in front of a brick building.

Block Club Chicago Sheds Light on Bronzeville’s Greystone Collective

South Shore Drill Team performers with rifles in hand, shot in black and white.

CBS2 Spotlights Lawrence Agyei: DRILL at Blanc Gallery

An abstract female form from shoulders to thighs, without hands. The vagina is formed from an inverted torso and a pair of legs.

Exuberant Experimentation: Christina Ramberg’s Late Works

Left: Line drawing of a series of raised garden beds containing a variety of plants. Text states: Space Shift Collective.; Right: A detail view of a fiber artwork featuring long red fabric ribbons hanging vertically with tangled fringe at the ends.

Art Design Chicago at EXPO 2024

Ciera McKissick (left) and Dr. Pascal Ife Williams (right) are seated side by side at a round table with microphones in front of them and audio recording equipment scattered on the table.

WVON’s The Afternoon Show Takes a Look at Art Design Chicago and Hyde Park Art Center’s Spring Exhibitions

Crowd of people surround large designed objects in white open gallery.

WTTW and NewCity Explore Norman Teague’s Colorful World of “A Love Supreme”

“Arte Designo Chicago/ Lumpen Radio Serie de Charlas” gráfico con negro y blanco barrio en fondo. Rasgado banda del papel con fuente manuscrita que dice, “Explorando narrativas de la indigeneidad, la migración, el activismo y el desplazamiento a través de las voces de artistas, curadores y organizadores culturales.” es en el centro de la imagen. “Art Design Chicago / Lumpen Radio Talk Series” graphic with black and white neighborhood background. Ripped strip of paper graphic with black handwritten font that states, “Exploring narratives of indigeneity, migration, activism, and displacement through the voices of artists, curators, and cultural organizers.” centers the image.

Lumpen Radio Examina Las Exposiciones de Arte Diseño Chicago en Una Serie de Charlas Bilingües / Lumpen Radio Examines Art Design Chicago Exhibitions in Bilingual Talk Series

Graphic shows bold black text that reads “Sixty” and white “X” with black outlining, and a logo that is a pink oval with orange font that reads “Art Design Chicago.”

Sixty Inches From Center Explores Art Design Chicago Exhibitions in Instagram Series

Man stands on porch of brick bungalow his hand over his heart. A metal ladder is propped up against the house to the right of the man.

Art Design Chicago Grants Awarded Fall 2023

A colorful purple graphic of notes compiled in a web diagram

Centering Community Engagement in Project Creation

A group of six adults dressed in cold weather clothing stands on a Chicago street corner in front of a storefront and traffic signal pole.

Artist-Run Spaces Join Art Design Chicago

Ruth Duckworth, "Clouds Over Lake Michigan," (© Estate of Ruth Duckworth; photo by Bob.)

HYPERALLERGIC Examines Ruth Duckworth’s Defiance as a Ceramicist

WTTW Looks at Art Design Chicago and its Mission to Highlight Local Artists and Organizations