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Along with rebuilding the tracks along the south Red Line, from Cermak-Chinatown to 95th/Dan Ryan – which resulted in a faster, smoother, better service for Red Line customers – we're further enhancing the travel experience with the addition of new public art at the eight stations that received improvements and upgrades as part of the project:

  • Cermak-Chinatown
  • Sox-35th
  • 47th
  • Garfield
  • 63rd
  • 69th
  • 79th
  • 87th

We’ll be commissioning and installing new, original works of art that will complement the existing artwork at seven of the stations, while adding the first new public art piece to the Cermak-Chinatown station.

The addition of the new original artwork adds value not only to our stations and the neighborhoods they serve, but it also enhances to the overall transit experience for our riders by promoting a friendly and inviting atmosphere. There are already more than 50 works of art at 41 stations along the Pink, Red, and Brown lines.


Conceptual Renderings

On June 23, 2014, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA unveiled conceptual renderings of proposed art by local artists that'll be installed in Red Line South stations (Cermak-Chinatown–87th; art at 95th is part of a separate project).

See the conceptual renderings

More information will be posted soon.


Call for Artists

In June, a Call for Artists was issued soliciting artist qualifications to create artwork for the for the soon to be reconstructed Wilson Red Line station and all eight rail stations that were upgraded and refreshed as part of the Red Line South reconstruction project -- the Cermak-Chinatown, Sox-35th, 47th, Garfield, 63rd, 69th, 79th and 87th stations. The deadline for these submissions was July 18, 2013.

Before making a final decision to award contracts for the procurement of new artwork, it was decided that it was in our best interest to re-advertise the Call for Artists.  The re-advterised Call for Artists was issued in November and solicited qualifications from those interested in being considered for the creation of new original artwork for the 47th, 63rd, 69th, 79th and 87th stations only. The deadline for submissions was December 2, 2013 and is now closed.  

The artists/artist teams selected for all nine stations will be announced in the coming months following the completion of the procurement process and approval by the Chicago Transit Board to award the project contracts. 

Artists interested in receiving notice of future Calls for Artists should e-mail Elizabeth Kelley at


Public Art Community Meetings

CTA held four community meetings to discuss the Public Art Project and to solicit input from the communities neighboring these stations in Summer 2013.

Additional public meetings to solicit community feedback are being held in early 2014:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6pm
87th Street Meeting

St. Samuel Church of God in Christ
8749 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60619
ARTIST: Thomas Lucas

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 6pm
63rd, 69th, 79th Street Meeting

Friendly Temple Church
7745 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60619
Emmanuel Pratt and Olalekan Jeyifous (63rd)
Doug Fogelson (69th )
McArthur Binion (79th)
Indira Johnson (Cermak/Chinatown)
Paula Henderson (Sox/35th)
Andrew Hall (47th)
Cecil McDonald (Garfield)

Thursday March 20, 2014, 6pm
Cermak/Chinatown; Sox/35th; 47th; Garfield Meeting

Wentworth Gardens
3770 S. Wentworth
Chicago, IL 60609
Cecil McDonald, Jr. (Garfield)
Andrew Hall (and Project Onward program) (47th)
Paula Henderson (Sox/35th)
Indira Johnson (Cermak)

Community Meetings Contact

If you were unable to attend these community meetings, but would like to comment on the project, input can be submitted to Erica Lindsay,  


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