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 West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission is calling on the poet in all of us through its latest public art project, and inviting residents and businesses be part of the creativity that will be display by hosting a Fall Haiku yard sign. Commission members are gratified by the response to this public art project, which, in […]
Free Morning Yoga Flier English – .pdf 937 kbFree Morning Yoga Flier Spanish – .pdf 514 kb Free Evening Yoga Flier English – .pdf 2MBFree Evening Yoga Flier Spanish – .pdf 2MB For those looking for the many benefits that yoga provides, join Healthy West Chicago on the mat this fall. The not-for-profit is offering […]
Since the summer of 2020 and through the end of October, residents and visitors to West Chicago have enjoyed the bright pink yard signs featuring haiku, an English language poem written in the Japanese poetry style drawing on short, concise wording with a reference to nature. A total of 49 yard signs were placed in […]
September and October will bring fiber artists Sharon Malec and Patty Koenigsaeker to Gallery 200, again for a virtual show at www.gallery200.org, as well as for live viewing of their art during reduced open hours. Sharon began quilting in 1992, making traditional pieced quilts, but gradually turned to making contemporary art quilts. Her interest in […]
Mayor Ruben Pineda shared his pride for West Chicago’s monarch conservation efforts last week as he was interviewed for a video being produced by the DuPage Monarch Project and The Conservation Foundation. Speaking at the colorful front garden of the Kruse House where the West Chicago Garden Club installed a large artist-painted butterfly from the […]
The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission reached out to the community earlier this year soliciting poetry for a public art display of yard signs that would convey thoughtful messages, spread encouragement, and lift spirits suffering from the fatigue of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, 39 Haiku yard signs were delivered and installed for […]
A Pop-up Art Supply Distribution in honor of McCormick Day, will take place at Gallery 200, 203 Main Street in downtown West Chicago on Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FREE gift bags of art supplies will be given out while supplies last. The day marks the birthday of Cantigny Park’s […]