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Chicagoans and visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy dozens of cultural treasures this season through two programs showcasing the city's arts talent.

Chicago’s statues will continue to talk through Statue Stories Chicago, which was recently extended through August 2020.

Using drama, humor, and location technology, Statue Stories brings Chicago’s public art collection alive through monologues written and performed by top celebrities. Visitors can scan a QR code located near each statue to hear from nearly 30 statues, including:

  • Writer and producer Shonda Rhimes performing as the Miro statue (77 West Washington)
  • The Office’s Steve Carell taking on Man with Fish (Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore)
  • Grammy-winning soprano Renée Fleming giving voice to the Spirit of Music (Grant Park, S. Michigan at E. Balbo)

Download a map of participating statues

Statue Stories Chicago is part of Art Design Chicago, a city-wide celebration of the arts presented by the Terra Foundation for American Art; the Driehaus Foundation is a presenting partner.

Art Design Chicago features more than 25 exhibitions and hundreds of public programs to “tell the stories of the artists and designers who defined a continue to propel Chicago’s role as a hub of imagination and impact.”

Upcoming exhibitions include:

Yashuhiro Ishimoto: Someday, Chicago, opening September 6 at the DePaul Art Museum (935 W. Fullerton)

Pictures from the Exhibition: Visualizing the 1893 World’s Fair, opening September 28 at the Newberry Library (60 W. Walton)

The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold: Art, Identity, and Politics, opening October 11 at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College (600 S. Michigan)

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