When: Performances begin @ 12 Noon (Schedule is subject to change).
Where: Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington (Corner of Washington and Dearborn Streets).
Tuesday, March 7 National Stepper’s Society
Join the National Stepper’s Society for a lunchtime dance hour.
Friday, March 10 Women’s Unity Day House Music Dance Celebration Peace Rally
Mother Diva House presents a dance music celebration featuring DJs spinning, performers and guest speakers.
Monday, March 13 Yale Gospel Choir
The Yale Gospel Choir is on an annual spring tour.. Come out and enjoy songs that will bring you joy and uplift your spirits, during our noontime programming on the Chicago Daley Plaza.
Tuesday, March 14 Fitness Yoga
Get fit at lunchtime with fitness yoga, presented to you by the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
Thursday, March 16 Trinity Irish Dancers
Spend your lunch hour with a performance by the Trinity Irish Dancers for St. Patrick’s Day! Learn the traditional Irish jig just in time for the holiday.
Friday, March 17 Foy School of Traditional Irish Dance
Enjoy a selection of dances performed by the Foy School of Traditional and Modern Irish Dance.
Thursday, March 23 Women’s History Month
The Clerk of the Circuit Court presents Women’s History Month by recognizing women that have excelled in the fashion industry.
Exhibit: March 6–17 2011 earthquake and Tsunami in Japan
An exhibition of 30 24×30 photo’s commemorating the anniversary of the devastating 2011 earthquake and Tsunami in Tohoku, Japan
How did the Picasso end up in Daley Plaza? Per the City of Chicago website:
The Chicago Picasso was commissioned in 1963 by the architects of the Richard J. Daley Center to anchor the plaza on the east side of the building. Most public art in large cities at this time was calm and stoic, mainly depicting historical figures, but in the 1960s, architecture in American cities began to reflect the many cultural and modern changes taking place throughout the country. The Daley Center’s architects decided to commission the renowned Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso, to create a monumental sculpture for their plaza.
Picasso worked on this commission for two years, combining and modifying sketches and motifs from some of his earlier works in the design of the sculpture. This resulted in a 42-inch tall maquette, or model, of the sculpture. Both the maquette and sketches of the sculpture may be seen today at the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Chicago Picasso is built of Cor-Ten steel, the same material as the exterior of the Daley Center, and was assembled not far from Chicago at the U.S. Steel Company in Gary, Indiana. On August 15, 1967, thousands of people gathered in Daley Plaza to witness the unveiling and dedication of the city’s newest piece of public art. In his dedication letter, Picasso gave the sculpture as a gift to the people of Chicago, without ever explaining what the sculpture was intended to represent.
Standing 50 feet tall and weighing over 160 tons, the Chicago Picasso in Daley Plaza is much more than just artwork to Chicagoans. The untitled Picasso sculpture that originally sparked controversy in the city has now become one of Chicago’s most famous sculptures and beloved icons.