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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.


entre horizontes: Art and Activism Between Chicago and Puerto Rico

August 19, 2023-May 5, 2024

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Native Futures

September 16, 2023-May 17, 2024

Center for Native Futures

A Love Supreme

January 20, 2024-April 28, 2024

Elmhurst Art Museum

At Present in the Available City

March 14, 2024

Mana Contemporary

Talk | Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

March 19, 2024

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Alice Shaddle: Fuller Circles

March 23, 2024-June 16, 2024

Hyde Park Art Center

Designing Belonging in Public Space

March 28, 2024

Mana Contemporary

Lawrence Agyei: DRILL

April 5, 2024-May 11, 2024

Blanc Gallery

Victoria Martinez: Braiding Histories

April 6, 2024-July 28, 2024

Chicago Cultural Center

The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige

April 6, 2024-October 27, 2024

Hyde Park Art Center


April 6, 2024-October 27, 2024

Hyde Park Art Center

Exhibition Reception: Alice Shaddle

April 6, 2024

Hyde Park Art Center

Artist Tour & Talk

April 10, 2024

Chicago Cultural 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

Conversation with Curator Iris Colburn

April 13, 2024

Chicago Cultural Center

Muses: An Evening of Jazz

April 18, 2024

Elmhurst Art Museum

Christina Ramberg: A Retrospective

April 20, 2024-August 11, 2024

Art Institute Chicago

Opening Passages: Photographers Respond to Chicago and Paris

May 4, 2024-August 31, 2024

Chicago Cultural Center

The People’s Ring Shout

May 4, 2024

Hyde Park Art Center

Body Partings—The Art of Christina Ramberg

May 11, 2024

Art Institute Chicago

Designing For Dignity: A Convening of Possibilities 02

May 17, 2024-May 19, 2024

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Designing For Change: Chicago Protest Art in the 1960s–70s

May 18, 2024-June 28, 2025

Chicago History Museum

Pilsen Days: Photographs by Akito Tsuda

June 1, 2024-December 31, 2024

Harold Washington Library

Contemporary Collage Conversations

June 6, 2024

Hyde Park Art Center

Of Her Becoming: Elizabeth Catlett’s Legacy in Chicago

June 10, 2024-August 14, 2024

Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago

Opening: Of Her Becoming

June 14, 2024

Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago

Still Here: Linking Histories of Displacement

June 18, 2024-December 17, 2024

National Public Housing Museum

The Existence of Black Art

August 17, 2024

Hyde Park Art Center

Prospetto a Mare

August 30, 2024-December 21, 2024

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Floating Monuments: Mecca Flats

September 1, 2024-September 30, 2024

Floating Museum

Learning Together: Art, Education, and Community

September 5, 2024-December 14, 2024

Gallery 400 at University of Illinois at Chicago

Opening Reception: 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

Edgar Miller: Anti-Modern, 1917-1967

September 12, 2024-February 23, 2025

DePaul Art Museum

Indigenous Chicago

September 12, 2024-January 4, 2025

Newberry Library

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


Hyde Park Jazz Festival Collaboration

September 28, 2024

Hyde Park Art Center

beLONGING:  Lithuanian Artists in Chicago 1900 to Now

September 28, 2024-May 17, 2025

Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

Chicago as Catalyst: Immigrant Communities Nourish Self-Taught Artists

October 5, 2024-April 5, 2025

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

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

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
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“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

Six individuals stand in from of an artwork made up of small figurines in a rainbow of colors mounted on the gallery wall.

Center for Native Futures: Dreaming and Funding a Different Future for Indigenous Art

A group of four people in a gallery looking at a painting of four abstract figures in a boat with a skyline in the background.

Terra Foundation Launches Art Design Chicago: A Citywide Event and Exhibition Series

Seven-foot by three-foot piece of canvas, split into two colors tan and black, and a frayed fringe.

Native Futures: An Artist-Led Gallery Reclaiming Indigeneity

Metal egret’s beak and torso against the sky.

it wants to lie down, you want it to stand up: a letter to Ruth*

Questions with a Curator: Cesáreo Moreno

Newcity Profiles Carla Acevedo-Yates, curator of the MCA’s “entre horizontes”

Reflections on Community Engagement from Terra Foundation Senior Engagement Fellow Pascale Ife Williams

Follow Art Design Chicago–Now on TikTok!

Pascale Ife Williams leads Art Design Chicago Community Engagement Learning Community

Chicago Partnerships: Supporting Arts and Culture in the City

The Story of the Art Design Chicago Logo

Signs designating the Winthrop Family Historical Garden. In the left corner, community members can be seen participating in an organized dance activity.

Dreaming of a Future, A Conversation with Artist Regina Agu

A performer in a blue garment next to an art piece at the Water Music on the Beach event.

6018North, Trash to Treasure