Arts and theater

There is public art in every corner of Lincoln Park – from statues of Lincoln, Hamilton and Grant in the park to Dorothy, the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion in Oz Park – and along busy commercial corridors there are numerous galleries featuring the work of local artists.

In addition to public art, Lincoln Park is also home to Wrightwood 659 featuring exhibitions of architecture and socially engaged art. It is designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, who has transformed a 1920s building with his signature concrete forms and poetic treatment of natural light. DePaul Art Museum, located in the heart of Lincoln Park on DePaul University’s campus, is open to the public and presents three to five temporary exhibitions per year.

On any given night in Lincoln Park, you’ll find as many as 10 stages full of theater productions ranging from the dramatic to over-the-top and hilarious. The DePaul Theatre School highlights the next generation of theater actors while Steppenwolf Theatre Company brings the country’s best talent together at popular shows. Along Lincoln Avenue you’ll find Apollo TheaterVictory Gardens Biograph Theater, and The Greenhouse Theater Center. And how could we mention theater without giving props to the amazing comedy scenes found in Lincoln Park – The Second City, which has graduated some of today’s top comedians and Zanies, Chicago’s original home for stand up.

Each summer Chicago’s rich history of art gets a bit richer in Lincoln Park by bringing the sidewalks to life! Clark Street in Lincoln Park and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce continue to make local artists visible through Art on Clark, a public sculpture project.  Along Clark Street from Armitage Avenue to Diversey Parkway and on the south side of Diversey from Orchard to Lakeview, discover local art as part of the eye-catching spectacle that is Art on Clark.

Art on Clark is an initiative designed to showcase and support local artists and artisans, beautify the neighborhood, and add some character to the sidewalks of Clark Street in Lincoln Park. In other words, it’s a win-win-win for all those involved! We hope to see you out on Clark Street and Diversey Parkway touring the amazing pieces, which rotate annually, and visiting our friendly businesses. To learn more about the current sculptures and the Art on Clark program, check out our Itineraries tab.

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