Free events at Daley Plaza under the Picasso. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents FREE cultural programs year round in Daley Plaza under the Picasso.
When: Performances begin @ 12 Noon (Schedule is subject to change). Select dates. Schedule below.
Where: Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington (Corner of Washington and Dearborn Streets).
Monday, December 9 Clerk of the Circuit Court
Come out and join the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the east lobby of the Daley Center for a holiday concert program.
Wednesday, December 11 Chopin – Nobel Schools
Join us in the east lobby for a holiday concert presented by Chopin and Nobel schools through the Merit school of Music.
Thursday, December 12 Kidz Korna’s Christmas Toy Drive
Come join us for an annual Christmas giveaway celebration weekend, to uplift families and communities, with a youth expo and much much more.
Tuesday, December 17 Voices for Hope and Home
The Harmony, Hope and Healing Community Choir, presents a concert to raise awareness of the struggles and successes of individuals experiencing homeless. Please, come out to join with us.
Friday, December 20 House Tunes Radio Holiday DJ Mixer
Join us in the east lobby for a live radio holiday DJ mixer.
Monday, December 23 NPD Movers and Shakers Dance Team
Sharon Girten and her movers and shakers, will present to you, a holiday spectacular, gracefully performed and showcased by her dance team.
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.