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
Cultural Arts Commission to Host Silent Auction for Select Butterflies in The Butterfly Effect Public Art Project
The Butterfly Effect, a public art project of the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission, West Chicago Garden Club, People Made Visible and the America in Bloom Committee, added color and whimsy to public gardens throughout the City through the installation of 36 local artist-designed butterflies. The display of butterflies which officially landed in May of […]
Gallery 200 will feature ArtOBERFEST, an exhibit by a group of Gallery artists for the entire month of October. ArtOBERFEST is an annual celebration of arts and culture with festivals taking place all over the country. Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street, will participate in this celebration by featuring 11 member artists in the Fall […]
West Chicago, Illinois: September 17, 2019 – The City of West Chicago and the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission are proud to announce the upcoming dedication of a new piece of commissioned public art for the enjoyment and benefit of the community. Juan Chawuk, internationally acclaimed Mayan artist from Chiapas, Mexico, has created a mural […]
Falling for Art is the exhibit for the month of September at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street. The artwork on display features oils and watercolor florals and landscapes by Kathi Kuchler. The artist’s reception is from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2019 but the exhibit remains all month. At age 14, Kuchler […]
With less than a couple of weeks before a visit from America in Bloom’s (AiB) national judging team this summer, a broken storefront window at 103 West Washington Street’s Gallery 200, a nexus point of downtown West Chicago, became a topic of discussion at the July Cultural Arts Commission meeting. Concern about the unsightly board […]
The artwork of West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission member and founder of the Jazz Occurrence Project, Lewis Achenbach, has transformed the interior walls of City Hall at 475 Main Street into a vibrant art gallery. Fifty pieces of original art, created at live music events throughout Chicago and the suburbs, have been installed for the enjoyment of those visiting […]
Nature’s Beauty runs through the month of August 2019 Popular artist Marge Hall opened her solo exhibit, Nature’s Beauty, to the public at Gallery 200 on Friday, August 2, 2019 with a reception. The exhibit will run through the month of August. Marge earned an Associate Degree in Commercial Art from Southern Illinois University Vocational […]
City plans a two-day tour to highlight some of the collaborative efforts that help the City flourish With less than two weeks until judges Teresa Woodard and Sharon Hadden, of the national America in Bloom Program, arrive in West Chicago, the AiB Committee prepares to provide a warm West Chicago welcome. Each woman brings a […]
Join the West Chicago Historical Society and People Made Visible / Gallery 200 for an afternoon of art in the garden at the Kruse House Museum, 527 Main Street, Saturday, June 29th 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. The beautiful historic gardens which are tended to the by the West Chicago Garden Club will be on display; […]