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Welcome to the great city of Chicago!

Spring is such a lovely time to visit, whether you are here for the annual dyeing of the Chicago River for St. Patrick’s Day, an early season Cubs or White Sox game, or to sample some of our award-winning cuisines, there is so much to do and see in each of our 77 neighborhoods.

This edition of Air Chicago magazine is called “The Art Issue” and we have used it as an opportunity to shine a light on the phenomenal, unique art experiences available in our city. From our world-class museums (pg. 14) to new public art investments (pg. 8) to our up-and-coming visual artists (pg. 10), you’ll find that the arts scene in Chicago is as vibrant as anywhere else in North America.

I’m particularly proud of the new public art and place-making initiative called POPcourts! Developed through my INVEST South/West initiative, POPcourts! is creating colorful and welcoming public plazas across 10 targeted community areas on the South and West sides, providing residents with an attractive destination for active and passive recreational activities. Read more about it on Page 34.

If you have picked up this magazine while connecting through one of our two great airports, there are plenty of art options for you to explore while you’re here, too! See a full list on Page 8. We hope these airport galleries inspire you to come back for a longer stay soon.

Thank you for taking a moment to pick up Air Chicago. We’re glad you’re here!


Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot

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