WCPT's Art of the City

Check out what's happening in the theater, music and literary arts – and what you can do to get involved and support the arts in the Chicago Metro Area. We encourage you to get involved and support the arts in your community.  Is your organization a good candidate for Art of the City? CLICK HERE to download the submission form.


 Street Level Youth Media

This  spotlight shines on Street Level Youth Media. Educating Chicago’s urban youth in media arts and emerging technologies for use in self-expression, communication, and social change. Street-Level’s programs build critical thinking skills for young people who have been historically neglected by public policy makers and mass media.

Using video and audio production, graphic design, digital photography, and Internet based skills, Street-Level youth address community issues, access advanced communication technology, and gain inclusion in our information-based society.

For more info, visit street-level.org 

The Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS) 

This  spotlight shines on The Chicago Urban Art Society. (CUAS) is an emerging art non-profit organization based in East Pilsen’s Cermak Creative Industry District. From Street Art exhibitions to pop up dinners, CUAS is a multi-use art and creative center that promotes the works of contemporary artists and creative arts practice. Through exhibitions, innovative teaching, learning opportunities, and non-traditional venue space, CUAS is by nature cross-platform and establishes its credibility through creative juxtapositions. 

For more info visit chicagourbanartsociety.com 

The Elastic Arts Foundation 

This  spotlight shines on The Elastic Arts Foundation. Located at 2830 N. Milwaukee on the 2nd floor, Elastic Arts is an integral part of the Logan Square Arts Community. Since it's founding in 2002, it has presented over 1300 events: live music shows, multi-disciplinary performances, theater pieces, literary readings, art exhibitions, and film/video screenings, establishing itself as a leader among grassroots performance organizations in Chicago and throughout the world. By fostering the development and presentation of innovative, non-conventional artists and art forms, Elastic Arts also provides the public with valuable and unique aesthetic and cultural events in an intimate performance environment, free from commercial restraints.

For more info visit elasticrevolution.com


The Time of Your Life Players Theatre Company

 This  spotlight shines on The Time of your life Players theatre company.  Their mission is to educate and entertain from a senior perspective and to demonstrate that one can lead a creative life at any age.Time of your life players is a troupe of actors ranging in age from 55 years to the 70s, who create and perform original musical comedies in order to present a senior perspective and utilize diverse talents. The troupe has performed over 50 shows at senior centers, retirement homes, summer fests, local theatres like the  Bailiwick Arts Center, Apollo Theatre Studio, & Stage 773, with a post-show discussion about the topics relevant to seniors that were brought forth in the performance.

For more info visit timeofyourlifeplayers.com


Oak Park Festival Theatre

The Oak Park Festival Theatre – an outstanding local theatre company that is dedicated to excellence in staging traditional and  contemporary classics in a wonderful outdoor setting. Since 1975 Oak Park Festival Theatre has provided convenient and affordable access to high quality productions of great plays for people of all ages.  Enjoy a great play in a brilliant natural setting!

You can learn more about The Oak Park Festival Theatre at http://www.oakparkfestival.com/

Chicago Cabaret

Chicago Cabaret Professionals is a non profit organization, dedicated to the Art of Cabaret. Their mission is to help the member performers learn and grow as artists, and to promote the art of cabaret to the public at large. The organization hosts meetings, performances, benefits, workshops, seminars and networking events. CCP collaborates with various venues such as theatres and nightclubs, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition to the growth and development of its members, CCP provides outreach services to schools and local educational programs.  Discover for yourself that life IS a cabaret!

To view the talent roster, and the lengthy list of venues and performance dates, visit ChicagoCabaret.org.



This  spotlight shines on Human Thread Center for Peace, Arts & Education. Their objective is to inspire dialogue and actions that bring about real social change by activating the common threads of compassion and brotherhood. It is in that spirit, HumanThread engages local urban youth with educational programs, art exhibitions, open mic poetry, & concerts focused on promoting peace through character development that respects life and diverse cultures. The HumanThread Center is located at 645 W. 18th Street in Chicago.  Groups are welcome to schedule a special visit.

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Bridgeport Art Center

This  spotlight shines on the Bridgeport Art Center. Established in 2001 & located in the former Spiegel Catalog Warehouse. The Bridgeport Art Center is a multi-disciplinary place. Artists, fashion designers and creative professionals working across all kinds of art forms and media can find here their space to work, to create and to share their ideas with their peers. Featuring studio spaces, lofts, and a gallery, the Bridgeport Art Center continually seeks out new ways to serve as a resource for creative minds.

Visit bridgeportartcenter.com for more info  

Sixty Inches From Center 

(SIFC) documents, archives and supports art that exists outside the central iconic art institutions in Chicago. With video, audio, photography, writing, projects, and community engagement, SIFC captures and contributes to the most innovative aspects of chicago's peripheral visual culture.All documentation collected is cataloged on the Sixty Inches From Center Archive and used as an educational and promotional support tool. The Sixty Inches From Center Collective Project focuses on creating new ways to engage the Chicago community with the vanguard visual arts.

Check out sixtyinchesfromcenter.org for more info  

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago has been encouraging the growth and understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions, publications, and events since 1915. The Society presents art seldom seen in the Midwest, giving the public opportunities to investigate the most recent developments in contemporary art.  The museum is committed to fostering the development of Chicago's own rich artistic resources. We encourage you to get involved and support the arts in your community.

Learn more about the schedule, artists and authors renaissancesociety.org



Museum of Broadcast Communications

The mission of the Museum of Broadcast Communications is to collect, preserve, and present the rich programming history of American radio and television. Through unique online resources, public programming and exhibits, the Chicago based Museum of Broadcast Communications has earned a reputation as America’s premier broadcast museum. Through its archives, public programs, and online resources, the Museum educates, informs and entertains the diverse public it serves. Radio and television have helped shape all of our lives. This history is a uniquely American experience.

You can learn more about the Museum of Broadcast Communications at http://museum.tv


The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

Frank Lloyd Wright developed a distinctly American form of architecture. He began his career in Oak Park, Illinois, and came to be recognized as one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century. Every structure he created was informed by his belief that beautifully designed buildings make a difference in our lives. The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust operates a museum of great historical and architectural significance. Located in Oak Park, the museum consists of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, as well as the Robie House. Visitors can experience original documents, correspondence and historical artifacts from Wright's early career. And, of course, his architectural and decorative designs.

You can learn more about the Trust and the Museum at www.gowright.org


Neighborhood Writing Alliance

The Neighborhood Writing Alliance is a literary organization that provokes dialogue and promotes social change by creating opportunities for adults in Chicago to write, publish and perform works about their lives. The Neighborhood Writing Alliance believes that the arts enrich the lives of individuals, strengthen communities, and improve society at large. Writing workshops are held in diverse communities facing social and economic challenges. The Neighborhood Writing Alliance fosters respect for self and others in order to advance tolerance and understanding.

You can learn more about the Neighborhood Writing Alliance at http://jot.org/


Lookingglass Theater Company

The goal of the Lookingglass Theater is to fire the imagination with love, to celebrate the human capacity to taste and smell, to weep and laugh. Lookingglass seeks to redefine the limits of theatrical experience and to make theater exhilarating, inspirational, and accessible to all. They host Summer Camps and Workshops for children and students. And, Lookingglass even offers professional development training courses to assist business clients to enhance corporate communications and team building. Support the arts and see a great play this summer.

You can learn more about the Lookingglass Theater Company and their upcoming productions at http://lookingglasstheatre.org