Chicago Site Visits

Conference registrants will have the opportunity to visit one of five cultural sites around the city with conference co-hosts and local YA affiliate Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE).

As select sites are able welcome only a limited number of visitors, we require that registrants sign up for their preferred available site visit upon checking in with us at the conference. Tickets will be distributed.

Chicago Cultural Center  | 78 E Washington St 
Visitors to the Chicago Cultural Center will meet with staff members to learn about the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ work on developing new public art projects throughout the city. Visitors will be treated to a short tour of the Chicago Cultural Center and (weather permitting) will view outdoor public art works recently commissioned by the city. This site visit involves walking from and back to the conference hotel (.3 miles each way) as well as an outdoor walking tour (weather permitting).  

Hyde Park Art Center | 5020 S Cornell Ave
Founded in 1939 by a collective of local artists, the Hyde Park Art Center has grown to be a hub for the Chicago arts community with exhibitions, gatherings, and experiments in studio practice. Visitors will meet with staff to learn about current exhibitions, the center’s multifaceted education programs, and professional learning programs that support artists’ progress in their artistic development and careers. 

New Sullivan Elementary School | 8331 S Mackinaw Ave
Visit a veteran CAPE school partner that serves arts-integrated programs to students and families. New Sullivan will welcome visitors to observe an in-school program, meet with families taking part in the community program, and experience after school programs in action with special performances by the Drumline and African Dance classes.

South Side Community Art Center | 3831 S Michigan Ave
Visit the oldest African American art center in the nation. Visitors will meet with staff and learn about their archival work, exhibitions, and programs that support local artists in the city’s south side communities. 

Museum of Contemporary Photography600 S Michigan Ave
The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College’s art museum, is dedicated to photography and the ideas and dialogues it provokes. Visitors will be led on a guided tour of the current exhibition Native America: In Translation, curated by Wendy Red Star, which brings together works by nine Native artists who explore “complex personal and collective narratives to imagine new histories of image-making.” 
This site visit involves walking from and back to the conference hotel (around 1 mile each way).