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 Community High School students will be displaying their exceptional artwork at Gallery 200 during the month of April. Throughout the school year, students have grown in their mastery of materials, tools, techniques, and concepts. The students’ artwork is not only a demonstration of their technical skills, but also an invitation to explore the […]
Registration now open for Artéculture Art in all forms will be on display at Kindred Coffee Roasters, 148 West Washington Street in downtown West Chicago during the month of May, as the local business once again hosts Artéculture in partnership with the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission. Owners Sarah and Patrick Harms and Ryan […]
Gallery 200, at 103 West Washington Street, is happy to host Art is the HeART of the City, the West Chicago School District 33 Student Art Exhibit. March is Youth Art Month and this show will display a wide variety of works from grades 1-8. Students use a variety of media to show their creativity […]
Frigid temperatures notwithstanding, West Chicago is embracing 2019 with sights set on celebrating the beauty and wonder of a small winged creature which will shortly be waking from its months-long hibernation in warmer climates and begin its journey to the western suburbs. The Monarch butterfly’s wondrous migration and subsequent transformation has become something of a […]
Born in Japan, Margaret Bucholz, February’s featured artist at Gallery 200, discovered her love for art from her mother, an Ikebana master and oil painter. From 9 years of age until age 21, Margaret lived in Hawaii where she picked up her love for bright colors and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in […]
The Professional Art Quilt Alliance (PAQA), a group of mid-west fiber artists who meet monthly in suburban Chicago, will be featured artists at Gallery 200 in January for a show titled Illumination. The Illumination Challenge resulted in members interpreting the idea of illumination in an art quilt. You can read more about PAQA and see […]
Small Gifts of Art is the exhibit at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street, for the month of December. The artwork of the 15 featured artists is perfect for holiday gifts, plus reasonably priced. The artists’ reception is from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2018. Participating artists are First Star Art by jrr […]
Gallery Theater of West Chicago will hold auditions for Harvey by Mary Chase, directed by Jack Smith. This timeless comedy classic is the story of Elwood P. Dowd and his friend Harvey, an invisible six-and-a-half-foot rabbit. Set in the 1940s, as is the case with many classics, the message it delivers is timeless. Auditions will be […]
The Last Romance by Joe Di Pietro Gallery Theater 129 Main Street West Chicago, IL On an ordinary day in a routine life, a widower named Ralph takes a different path on his daily walk—one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. Relying on a renewed boyish charm, Ralph attempts to […]