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Special Projects

Special Projects

Zeno mural project

As part of our mission, CAC collaborates on special projects with a variety of partners to help facilitate opportunities for artists. Past projects have included permanent commissions, temporary or pop-up presentations, and more with entities that have included architecture/design firms, hotel and retail establishments, and others.

CAC works with each client to envision the most appropriate environment; identify and vet potential Chicago-area artists; create proposals inclusive of all budgets and deliverables; and manage the project from start to finish. Clients get the unique benefit of knowing CAC is casting a wide net among the thousands of artists we work with throughout the city and also supporting CAC’s core mission of building a creative marketplace in Chicago.

From murals to yarn bombings, we work with our partners to identify and mentor candidate artists and manage the project execution. Below is a partial list of our more visible successes. If you are interested in partnering with Chicago Artists Coalition, please contact us.

Taste of Chicago Installation
Celebrity Chef du Jour installation by INDO

In partnership with Taste of Chicago 2012, Chicago Artists Coalition managed a city-wide commission to incorporate a visual arts component into the Celebrity Chef du Jour tent.

1871 Mural Project
1871 mural by Ruben Aguirre

CAC was invited to commission three artists to create original, large-scale mural works at 1871, a new digital startup/incubator located in the Merchandise Mart.

Le Meridien
Le Meridien

CAC commissioned artist Justus Roe to create an original painting to be scaled and recreated into a 70-foot glass mosaic.

Moto at Merchandise Mart

CAC commissioned six artists to create original artwork in the new MOTO offices inside Chicago's Merchandise Mart

Mural, Zeno lobby, by Justus Roe

CAC commissioned the muralist Justus Roe to transform Zeno’s newly renovated lobby area.

Creative Lounge at Pitchfork Music Festival

Chicago Artists Coalition was invited to present a "Creative Lounge" at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival, including presenting two outdoor installations by local artists. The Lounge played host to approximately 20,000 festival attendees over three days.