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Best Public Art In Chicago

Indeed, more than 700 works are scattered around the city in and outside public facilities and parks.


Pope John Paul II (CBS)

Pope John Paul II Honored With Statue At Maryhill Cemetery

The free-standing column shows the late pope in carved marble relief over a background view of Chicago, along with blue and gold mosaics of religious icons, and is visible from the road alongside Maryhill Cemetery in Niles.


Homeless Jesus sculptor and artist Tim Schmalz.

‘Homeless Jesus’ Statue Coming To Chicago

Chicago will soon host a sculpture that’s both inspired and angered viewers around there world.


Chef Alain Roby made this sculpture of a Blackhawks player from white chocolate to honor their 2010 Stanley Cup Championship. It's on display again to salute their return to the Stanley Cup Final three years later. (Credit: Regine Schlesinger)

Chef Expresses His Love For Blackhawks With Chocolate

A Chicago area pastry chef is showing his pride in the Blackhawks through chocolate, and lots of it.



Best Free Art Activities In Chicago

From antiques made in ancient Greece to Pablo Picasso’s works from the last century, Chicago has numerous venues and tours with free admission. Check out the following list to get you started.


This iconic statue greets visitors at the historic Bronzeville neighborhood. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Bronzeville

Just south of McCormick Place is a district where African Americans flourished after the Civil War. CBS 2’s Kate Sullivan reports.


Workers removed the iconic Alma Mater sculpture for repairs on Tuesday. (Credit: U of I)

Iconic U of I ‘Alma Mater’ Sculpture Removed For Repairs

Students taking a stroll along the University Of Illinois campus may notice something missing this fall.


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Sarah Palin Sculpture To Roast A Pig At Bridgeport Arts Complex

Democratic politics are responsible for the colorful history of the Bridgeport neighborhood, but on Friday afternoon, a prominent Republican politician will be in the spotlight.


Mark Handforth, Lamppost Snake (credit: Amy Cavanaugh)

MCA Chicago Plaza Project: Mark Handforth

If you’ve walked past the Museum of Contemporary Art at all in the past two months, you’ve probably done a double take at the giant bone with a yellow telephone attached to it towering over you on the sidewalk. PhoneBone is just one of the sculptures by artist Mark Handforth on display outside the MCA…


Sculptor Erik Blome has created a sculpture honoroing the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, using four steel beams from the World Trade Center. The sculpture will be dedicated in Oak Lawn on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. (Credit: CBS)

Oak Lawn To Dedicate 9/11 Sculpture With Beams From WTC

Among the many memorials planned for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, one in particular will bring actual pieces of the World Trade Center to Oak Lawn, permanently.

CBS Chicago–09/06/2011


On This Day 44 Years Ago: Chicago’s Picasso Unveiled

On this day 44 years ago, the iconic Picasso sculpture was unveiled in what we now know as Daley Plaza.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2011

Spectators look at “Forever Marilyn,” a sculpture by Seward Johnson, on Friday. The sculpture was inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s iconic scene in the 1955 movie “Seven Year Itch.” (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Marilyn Monroe Sculpture Drawing Controversy On Mag Mile

The long-awaited 26-foot sculpture of Marilyn Monroe was unveiled on the Magnificent Mile Friday morning, amid controversy about its risqué appearance.

CBS Chicago–07/15/2011

Marilyn Monroe Sculpture

26-Foot Marilyn Monroe Being Erected In Pioneer Court

A new public artwork is shrouded in secrecy, but for passersby on Pioneer Court, it’s the talk of the town.

WBBM Newsradio–07/13/2011

Lorado Taft Plaque

Historic City Hall Plaque To Be Rededicated

A group of aldermen and other civic leaders plan to rededicate a bronze plaque at City Hall, which was sculpted nearly 100 years ago by celebrated artist Lorado Taft.

CBS Chicago–11/04/2010