An initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Art Design Chicago is an ongoing exploration and celebration of Chicago’s distinct contributions to American art and design. This partnership with cultural organizations throughout Chicago examines the city’s art and design history and legacy through exhibitions, public programs, academic projects, and publications. The second edition of Art Design Chicago is coming in 2024.

Art Design Chicago 2024 is a call to examine the confluence of artists, designers, and creative ideas in Chicago and their impact on art and design in the city and beyond. This edition offers increased support for cultural partners' work to reach new audiences and deepen community-engagement efforts.

Art Design Chicago Now

In anticipation of Art Design Chicago 2024, this series of public programs and digital storytelling amplifies the voices of Chicago's diverse artists and designers, past and present, and explores the essential role they play in shaping the now, in the city and beyond.

Upcoming events

Grant Opportunities

In anticipation of Art Design Chicago 2024, the Terra Foundation is currently inviting proposals for research-and-development grants for exhibitions, academic programs grants, and publications grants related to the initiative.

Grant opportunities

Past Initiatives

Art Design Chicago 2018

The 2018 iteration of Art Design Chicago brought together more than 95 cultural organizations to examine Chicago’s art and design legacy through exhibitions, public programs, special events, and tours as well as several new publications, resulting in the largest exploration of the topic to date. For more information about the results and impact of Art Design Chicago, read our report.

Visit the 2018 website