When: Performances begin @ 12 Noon (Schedule is subject to change).
Where: Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington (Corner of Washington and Dearborn Streets).
Thursday, August 31 Malaysian Club of Chicago
Celebrate Malaysian independence with a flag raising.
Friday, September 1 DePaul University
Enjoy the exciting talent of Chicago’s youth featuring dancers and spoken word showcases.
Tuesday, September 5 National Stepper’s Society
Get your groove on and join the National Stepper’s Society for a lunchtime dance hour.
Wednesday, September 6 Chosen Few
Come join Chicago’s Chosen Few DJ’s at a lunchtime dance party celebrating Chicago’s House Music
Thursday, September 7 Ethiopian Community Association
Enjoy the annual Ethiopian Day Celebration featuring singing, dancing and more.
Monday, September 11 Cry Out America
In honor of the fallen, please join for a non-denominational, non-partisan moment of prayer for our nation and for the families who lost loved ones on 9/11.
Tuesday, September 12 Summer Into Fall
A wonderful musical tribute to Summer and Fall featuring standard renditions of seasonal themed songs.
Thursday, September 14 Compassion Compass (excerpts)
Compassion Compass features original works that respond to some of the most poignant social and cultural topics of the day. The program will draw inspiration from the poetry of Sojourner Truth and Gwendolyn Brooks.
Friday, September 15 Constitution Day
The 9th Annual celebration of Illinois Constitution and Citizenship Day official observation featuring a naturalization ceremony by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service, Navy Color Guard, Secretary Jesse White and the Veterans Advisory Council.
Monday, September 18 House on the Plaza
Enjoy a lunchtime house music dance party featuring 4 exciting DJs spinning tunes.
Tuesday, September 26 Austrian American Day
Celebrate Austrian/Viennese music along with a short program.
Thursday, September 28 Chinese American Association
Enjoy a showcase of the colorful cultural tradition of china to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the P.R. of China.
Friday. September 29 Chicago Football Classic T
Cheer for your favorite team at the Chicago Football Classic pep rally. The annual event hopes to inspire, inform and educate the public on HBCU schools and the game.
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.