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
The year was 1962 when artist Andy Warhol used his creative genius to produce a series of iconic works of art from inspiration found in an ordinary object of popular culture and well-stocked kitchen pantries – Campbell’s soup cans. His 32 canvases, each measuring 20” x 16”, depict one of each variety of canned soup […]
West Chicago’s Viva Mexico Independence Day Festival, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17, 2017, is fast approaching and the lineup of exciting attractions continues to grow. Due to the scope of this multi-faceted celebration, organizers turned the single-day event into a two-day event last year and were successful in attracting crowds both […]
Location: Reed-Keppler Park 250 West National Street I Love My Country, part of the Randolph Rose Collection, is a detailed bronze statue of children holding the American flag. It measures 39” x 60” x 81”H. The beautiful bronze patina sets off the red, white and blue of the American Flag for an inspiring and patriotic […]
She is known to her family as “The Spider-Mom”. People are often surprised when she tells them she always carries a spool of wire and a crochet hook in a small bag for when she is feeling inspired. Marita Valdizan is a mother and an artist, and her exhibit Expressions – 3 years of Inspiration […]
Gallery Theater of West Chicago will hold auditions for Grace and Glorie by Tom Ziegler, directed by Gail Cannata. Estelle Parsons and Lucie Arnaz starred on Broadway in this charmer set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Grace, a feisty 90 year-old cancer patient, has checked herself out of the hospital and returned to her beloved […]
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Reed-Keppler Park Concert – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Fireworks Display – 9:00 – 9:30 p.m. Summer fun at The Shell, West Chicago’s new outdoor entertainment venue in Reed-Keppler Park, continues with an exciting concert series, movie night, fitness classes, youth entertainment and more. Just added, a spectacular 30-minute fireworks show […]
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 […]
Miracle on South Division Street by Thomas Dudzick Run Dates: Fridays & Saturdays – November 10 & 11; 17 & 18 Sundays – November 12 & 19 Show Description Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when […]
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, […]