West Chicago Art
West Chicago is proud of its public art collection, which serves to beautify the community and inspire its imagination. Many of the installations in various locations throughout the City are the result of the hard work and dedication of the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission. West Chicago's Public Art tells the community's many stories, serves to document the past and present, and creates a sense of place that is uniquely West Chicago.
A partnership effort between the West Chicago Park District and the City Of West Chicago to foster the arts in the community founded by a concerted vision by former West Chicago Mayor, Michael Kwasman and community members.
The Shell officially opened in 2017.
West Chicago is proud of its public art collection, which serves to beautify the community and inspire its imagination.
Many of the installations in various locations throughout the City are the result of the hard work and dedication of the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission. West Chicago's Public Art tells the community's many stories, serves to document the past and present, and creates a sense of place that is uniquely West Chicago.
Gallery 200, an artist co-op, is a creative oasis in downtown West Chicago featuring the work of local artists for sale at affordable prices. It is a division of People Made Visible, an arts not for profit, with support from the City of West Chicago.
People Made Visible, Inc. (PMV) is a non-for-profit organization with a mission to facilitate community while fulfilling the artistic, social, educational and cultural needs of the community through an innovative physical and web-based presence.
The Artist-in-Residency Program was established in 2008 and is run in collaboration with People Made Visible and the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission.
Since 2008, fourteen artists have visited West Chicago from Chicago, Denmark, Germany, Mexico and Spain.
The Gallery Theater fills a creative niche for residents and visitors on both sides of the curtain. Growing and nurturing talent for the performing arts, community theater gives many aspiring actors their first taste of the stage, while more seasoned actors enjoy performing in the intimate setting of their own hometown amongst friends, family and neighbors.
Local Music Night is a free monthly event, where local artists can share their musical talents in a coffee house-type atmosphere. It has featured over 50 different performers and groups since its first event in October 2009.
Recent News about West Chicago Art
West Chicago was the featured city in the June 2017 issue of West Suburban Living Magazine. The article captured the history, culture and strengths of the community and provided a snapshot of the many reasons residents and businesses have chosen to invest here. For a downloadable copy of the article, click here.
Since 2008, West Chicago’s Community Art Banner Project has spotlighted the art of talented residents and regional artists by lining Main Street in the downtown district with their artwork. However, the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission recognizes that the community extends well beyond its downtown streets and is actually comprised of seven distinctive districts or […]
Gallery Theater presented the last show of their 7th season and debuted their new space at 129 Main Street this past May. Audiences praised the quality of theater it brings to West Chicago. “This caliber of theater is really a surprise for a local store front theater company”, commented one theater goer who had never […]
The Shell Reed-Keppler Park 201 W. National Street Saturday, June 10, 2017 1:00 p.m. A vision to foster the arts gives way to West Chicago’s newest entertainment venue, “The Shell”, nestled in Reed-Keppler Park. “The Shell” combines the aspect of a band shell while recognizing its close neighbor Turtle Splash Water Park. Several years ago, […]
2017 Banner Art Exhibit depicts community’s history and natural resources Please note the correct location and time for the Banner Artist Reception is the West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main Street, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. In sight of actual rail lines and bicycle trails, seventeen pieces of original art work from the 2017 Community Banner […]
Friday, May 19, 2017 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Gallery 200 – 103 West Washington Street Join the City of West Chicago and Mayor Ruben Pineda in welcoming Scott Mackay, radio host from 95.9 The River. The community is invited to come out and be a part of the audience for the live broadcast at Gallery 200, […]
Artéculture May 19, 2017 – 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. May 20, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 103 W. Washington Street Artists are wanted for participation in Artéculture, the upcoming multi-media art show at Gallery 200 on May 19 – 20, 2017. The 10,500 square-foot art venue at 103 W. Washington Street in the […]
Friday, May 19, 2017 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. 103 West Washington Street, West Chicago Again this year, West Chicago will be the destination for Artéculture, a multimedia pop-up art show which adds yet another dimension to West Chicago’s Blooming Fest on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Artéculture, which is an […]
Friday, March 31, 2017 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. A great night of visual art, performance art and music will be included in this month’s installment of Family Art Night at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street in downtown West Chicago. Brought to the community by People Made Visible, Inc., the event is free for all. […]
The Friends of the West Chicago City Museum and the West Chicago Historical Society have programmed another outstanding Annual Spring Tea Fundraiser scheduled for March 26, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 300, located at 123 Main Street. Entertainment at the luncheon will be provided by actress and historian, Leslie Goddard who […]
City Museum 132 Main Street The West Chicago City Museum will be resuming the Historiography book group on Thursday, March 16, 2017 following a short winter break. Historiography is a community non-fiction book club which meets monthly to discuss chosen book topics. Meetings are held at the City Museum, 132 Main Street, from noon -1:00 […]