Our transit system 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.
Over 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 you and the communities we serve by providing a friendlier, more inviting atmosphere, while also offering a glimpse into the rich history and unique characteristics of the surrounding neighborhoods.
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. The DJ booth aims to provide commuters with a cultural amenity that celebrates shared history, showcases local talent, and centers the voices and stories of Black and Brown people. AESOP is part of a larger public art program created specifically for the 95th/Dan Ryan Terminal and the surrounding community by world-renowned Chicago artist Theaster Gates and the Rebuild Foundation.
Now through fall, local DJs will be spinning records on Mondays and Fridays to help start and end your work week on a positive and groovy note.
- Mondays 7-10 a.m.
- Fridays 4-7 p.m.
Explore the art and architecture of CTA from your home
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 Ruth Lopez, a Chicago-based arts and culture essayist, world-renowned 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.
Illinois Medical District*
Conservatory-Central Park Drive
Chicago/Austin bus turnaround*
Union Station Transit Center*
Download our 2016 public art booklet:
2016 cta public art booklet (.pdf)
- CTA Montrose Blue Line Station to Get New, Unique Public Artwork by Chicago Artist as Part of Mayor Emanuel’s Your New Blue Program (press release, 11/07/2017)
- Mayor Emanuel and CTA Open New Wilson Stationhouse (press release, 10/23/2017)
- Mayor Emanuel Opens New CTA Train Station at Washington and Wabash (press release, 08/31/2017)
- Mayor Emanuel and CTA Unveil Art Concepts for 95th Street Terminal (press release, 07/13/2017)
- CTA Holds Community Meeting on Your New Blue Irving Park and Addison Station Art Projects (press release, 06/08/2017)
- CTA Seeks Community Input on New Artwork for Jefferson Park Blue Line Station (press release, 05/26/2017)
- CTA Seeks Community Input on New Artwork for Kedzie Green Line Station (press release, 05/02/2017)
- CTA to Host “Meet the Artist” Community Meetings for Two New Public Art Projects (press release, 03/13/2017)
- CTA Seeks Artist for Montrose Blue Line Station (press release, 01/23/2017)