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
Official Trick-or-Treat HoursSunday, October 31, 20213:00 – 7:00 p.m. Parents are encouraged to go over some basic safety tips with children before the big day. The following information is provided by the West Chicago Police Department: Always wear light-colored and/or reflective clothing so children can be seen in the darkTry to avoid wearing masks that will […]
Cultural Arts Commission to Host a Candy Wrapper Poll that Asks Kids the Kind of Art They’d Like to See in West Chicago
West Chicago’s Cultural Arts Commission will be on-hand for the annual Trunk-or-Treat at the West Chicago Public Library on Saturday, October 30 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. to see what kids have to say about art in their community. Commission members recently realized that surveys taken previously for the creation of a Public Art Master […]
Three West Chicago Artists Featured in Group Show: Signals & Codes, Part of the 2021 Terrain Biennial International Public Art Festival
Terrain Biennial 2021 presents Signals & Codes, a group show featuring Anni Holm, Austin McCann, John Rakow, and Mandy Rakow. The show will be exhibited at 336 Harrison St in West Chicago, IL. The exhibition is based on a pedagogical collaboration through the non- profit Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), initially aimed at working […]
The hectic pace of work, school, and family life can sometimes leave little time for the creative life. Recently, a small group of West Chicagoans frustrated that their busy schedules never seemed to let them set aside time to be creative, came up with the idea of Bring Your Own (BYO) Creativity, a new group […]
Gallery 200 at 103 West Washington Street continues to bring vibrant works of art to the community this fall. A new selection of fine art and gifts will be featured for the entire month of October in the annual Artoberfest show and sale. The warm colors of the season inspire themes for paintings, drawings, photography, […]
Kathi Kuchler began painting at the age of 14 in oils and then turned to watercolors because, “I love the fact that I can take my small round paint palette wherever I go.” She received her certification in 2015 as a Botanical Watercolorist and Illustrator through the Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Her regular shows and memberships […]
Nature’s Inspiration Gallery 200 at 103 West Washington Street is featuring the work of artist and Gallery member Marge Hall for the month of August. Her show combines paintings she has done which have been inspired by nature. “In difficult times there is always beauty around us. All we have to do is focus on […]
Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 9:00 p.m.The Shell at Reed-Keppler Park The City of West Chicago is pleased to announce the return of its spectacular fireworks display on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. The fireworks show, which may be viewed at The Shell, is the grand finale of a day-long celebration at Reed-Keppler […]