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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.


Carlos Cortéz 100 AÑOS

August 13, 2023-February 18, 2024

National Museum of Mexican Art

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

Ruth Duckworth: Life as a Unity

September 21, 2023-February 4, 2024

Smart Museum of Art

Mound Summit

December 9, 2023

Center for Native Futures

Family Day: Play with Clay

December 9, 2023

Smart Museum of Art

A Love Supreme

January 20, 2024-April 28, 2024

Elmhurst Art Museum

Building Public Space to Heal

January 25, 2024

Mana Contemporary

Alice Shaddle: Fuller Circles

March 23, 2024-June 16, 2024

Hyde Park Art Center

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

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

April 12, 2024-August 11, 2024

National Museum of Mexican Art

Opening Passages: Photographers Respond to Chicago and Paris

April 18, 2024-July 14, 2024

Chicago Cultural Center

Christina Ramberg: A Retrospective

April 20, 2024-August 11, 2024

Art Institute Chicago

Woven Being: Indigenous Art Histories of 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.

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

Artists Remember Carlos Cortéz

New School: Romi Crawford Shares the Black Arts Movement School Modality with the Next Generation

Learning Together: Exploring the Origins of Arts Education at Hull-House

A young artist stand in a ceramics studio holding a work in progress. Other students are working at a long table behind her.

A Conversation on Engagement with Kahari Blackburn