Public Art

Public Art

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is a living, interactive gallery of unique works of art and architectural design elements that reflect the cultural influences of the men and women who have lived and worked in the communities we've served for more than a century.

In the last several years, our collection of public art has undergone its largest expansion ever – doubling in size and featuring more than 80 works of art and significant architectural details across the system, including mosaics, sculptures and paintings by both up-and-coming and marquee talent.  

Public transit is more than just a means to and from work or school, it’s also an opportunity to learn and inspire with each trip taken.The investments we’ve made in public art and architecture are a reflection of how much we value our riders and the communities we serve by providing riders with a friendlier, more inviting atmosphere, while also providing a glimpse into the rich history and unique characteristics of the surrounding neighborhoods. 

What's new

On-Air at 95th Street: AESOP  (An Extended Song of Our People)

AESOP is the country’s first-of-its-kind, live public broadcast studio inside a transit terminal. AESOP is part of a larger public art program created specifically for the 95th Street Terminal and the surrounding community ‏by world-renowned Chicago artist Theaster Gates.  

Now through Labor Day (September 2, 2019), resident DJs Ayana Contreras and Duane Powell will be spinning records on Mondays and Fridays to help riders start and end their work week on an upbeat note. 

Summer Schedule

  • Mondays 7 a.m. --10 a.m./DJ Ayana Contreras
  • Fridays 4 p.m.-7 p.m./DJ Duane Powell

 

Now available for purchase!

Cover of CTA's art and architecture book

For the first time ever, our collection of public art and architecture are celebrated and chronicled in detail in the new Elevated: Art and Architecture of the Chicago Transit Authority -- a 448-page hardcover book that serves as a guide to the more than 70 works of art and 24 significant architectural elements featured across our rail and bus system. The book features stunning visuals captured through the lens of Chicago photographer Aron Gent, as well as essays by world-renown, Chicago-based artist and architect Iker Gil, as well as Chicago’s official Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson.

Proceeds from the book, which is available for purchase via CTAgifts.com, will support our public art program.

 

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Future art installations

We are planning to add more works of art to our growing collection at the following locations over the next few years, including:

cIndicates an art installation project already underway with a commissioned artist/artist team.

Many of the pieces featured in our public art collection are a result of the Arts in Transit Program – funded by the Federal Transit Administration and coordinated locally through CTA, the City of Chicago Public Art Program, and the Chicago Department of Transportation. A number of other pieces were created through our former Adopt-A-Station program and through partnerships with local artists and organizations, including Gallery 37, Chicago Public Art Group and Marwen.

 

Locations of Selected Art

 * Indicates locations featuring new art installations since 2010. 

Brown Line Art

Kimball
Kedzie

Francisco
Rockwell
Western
Damen
Montrose
Irving Park
Addison
Paulina
Southport
Belmont
Wellington
Fullerton*
Armitage
Sedgwick
Chicago
Merchandise Mart

Washington/Wabash*

Purple Line Art

Howard
Wilson*
Belmont
Wellington
Fullerton*
Armitage
Sedgwick
Chicago
Merchandise Mart

Washington/Wabash*

Red Line Art

Howard
Jarvis*
Morse*
Granville*
Thorndale*
Berwyn*
Argyle*
Lawrence*

Wilson*
Addison
Belmont
Fullerton*
Roosevelt
Cermak-Chinatown*
Sox-35th*
47th*
Garfield*
63rd*
69th*
79th*
87th*
95th*

Yellow Line Art

Howard

Pink Line Art

54th/Cermak
Kostner
Pulaski
Central Park
Kedzie
California
Western
Damen
18th

Washington/Wabash*

Blue Line Art

Cumberland
Harlem
California*
Damen*
Jackson*
Illinois Medical District*

Orange Line Art

Roosevelt
Pulaski

Washington/Wabash*

Green Line Art

Garfield*
Cermak-McCormick Place*
Roosevelt

Washington/Wabash*
Morgan*
Kedzie*
Conservatory-Central Park Drive

Art at other CTA facilities

CTA Headquarters
Union Station Transit Center*

 

Additional information

Download our 2016 public art booklet:

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PDF icon 2016 cta public art booklet (.pdf)

 

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