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Chicago Art Department


1926 S. Halsted St.


Little Village / Pilsen


Sat, Oct 14: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible


Founded in 2004 by artists, educators, and activists, Chicago Art Department (CAD) grew out of a need to create space for artists to thrive in Chicago, fostering a spirit of community, collaboration, and inclusion for all individuals working toward civic change. Today, CAD is an artist run nonprofit with a mission to provide space and resources for civically-minded artists to grow their practice while questioning the city we live in. CAD provides opportunities for artistic development through subsidized Studio Residencies, Think-Tank Cohorts, and contemporary Exhibitions and Programs rooted in justice. CAD residents are activists, educators, and leaders—each at the fore of a radical reimagining of Chicago.

CAD’s physical space features soaring 18' ceilings, two public galleries, private studio space for 20 artists, and community event areas. It is located in the historic Fountainhead Lofts building which today is the heart of the Chicago Arts District in East Pilsen.

Visitor Experience

Get a sneak peek at studio spaces with a chance to meet Artists-in-Residence. Guests may peruse the galleries, including an exhibition in our Main Gallery in partnership with the Lit & Luz Festival.