Arts at the 606
The 606 is a living work of art. More than a park, a trail and a community connector, it is a unique urban green space uniting nature, science, and culture. Installations from the full range of visual and performing genres define the visitor experience and make it a dynamic destination for all.
Building on ideas generated through ongoing input from the local community and arts leaders, The 606 team considers art in three categories:
Works from Lead Artist, Frances Whitehead, includes such integrated features as Environmental Sentinel, a trail-wide planting of special flowering trees that bring attention to place and change over time, and the Exelon Observatory for spectacular views of the sunset over our city, and the location for regular astronomy nights at The 606.
Selected through an invitational process guided by a partnership between The Trust for Public Land, Chicago Park District and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
- Programming and Partnerships:
Includes both youth and multi-generational art and learning, stewardship activities that connect nature and culture, residencies and internships, and connections to schools, cultural institutions and other partners.
Art and artists have been involved throughout the development of this iconic Chicago project, and the result set a new standard for the art of place-making. The continued involvement of artists will ensure the arts are incorporated into The 606 in ways that are beautiful, innovative, and seamless – creating a living work of art that is uniquely Chicago.
Public Art Coming Soon
New Monuments for New Cities
May 5-October 27 at The 606.
Opening Celebration, May 5, 2019, 11-3pm at Julia de Burgos Park
Artist: Jenny Kendler
Location: Between Kimball Ave and St. Louis Ave on the Bloomingdale Trail
Artist: Chakaia Booker
Location: Damen Arts Plaza
Chakaia Booker’s beloved sculpture, “Brick House 2015” is scheduled to come down on Wednesday, April 24. Originally intended as a two-year installation, by popular demand we extended to four. But all good things must come to an end, so if you need one last selfie, now’s the time! Up next in the Damen Arts Plaza, “New Monuments for New Cities,” opening May 5.
Children Are Our Future
Artists: John Weber and Catherine Cajandig
Location: California Ave and Bloomingdale Ave (under the Bloomingdale Trail)
Organizations: Chicago Public Art Group and Youth Service Project
“Cloud Chart” “Pay Attention” “Halo Chart”
Artist: Louis de Marco
Location: Churchill Field Park Dog Friendly Area
Organization: Project Onward
Location: Bloomingdale Ave, between Kimball Ave and Central Park Ave (south facing walls)
Organization: Kuumba Lynx
Location: Milwaukee Ave Bridge on the Bloomingdale Trail
Artist: Kay Rosen
Location: Billboard at Milwaukee Leavitt
Location: Humboldt Boulevard Viaduct