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 on Display

Birds Watching
Artist: Jenny Kendler
Location: Between Kimball Ave and St. Louis Ave on the Bloomingdale Trail
Download the Birds Watching Guide to Eyes here.

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

Graffiti Garden
Artist: Multiple
Location: Bloomingdale Ave, between Kimball Ave and Central Park Ave (south facing walls)
Organization: Kuumba Lynx

Turning Sky
Artist: Luftwerk
Location: Milwaukee Ave Bridge on the Bloomingdale Trail

New Monuments for New Cities
Featuring various artists of the High Line Network Joint Art Initiative.
May 5-October 27 at The 606.

 

Past Artworks at The 606

“Hi”
Artist: Kay Rosen
Location: Billboard at Milwaukee Leavitt

TransLIT
Artist: Luftwerk
Location: Humboldt Boulevard Viaduct 

“Cloud Chart” “Pay Attention” “Halo Chart”
Artist: Louis de Marco
Location: Churchill Field Park Dog Friendly Area
Organization: Project Onward

Brick House
Artist: Chakaia Booker
Location: Damen Arts Plaza
Feeling nostalgic, check out this video installation of Brick House. https://youtu.be/X19J_viPIxw