Even if you’ve just relocated to Chicago, you probably already know that your new city is home to many world-class museums, including The Art Institute of Chicago. In fact, travel site TripAdvisor recently named it the No. 1 U.S. museum and No. 3 in the world.
And while a trip to the Art Institute is a must for newcomers (admission is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.), did you know that you can also experience free public art by legendary artists like Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Alexander Calder across the city? It’s something that even long-time residents and natives may have overlooked.
The City of Chicago offers a complete guide to public art throughout the city, organized by neighborhood. A stroll through the Loop, for instance, boasts more than 50 pieces of public art. So, why not take the warm weather as the perfect excuse to acquaint yourself with your new neighborhood by checking out some of these downtown pieces, or wow out-of-town visitors with these works. You can use the Google map below to plan your route ahead of time. Enjoy exploring the city, and welcome to Chicago!
View Chicago Public Art – The Loop in a larger map