Arts & Culture in Chicago

MacArthur’s support for over 300 arts and cultural organizations in Chicago and the region is an expression of its civic commitment to the community where the Foundation is headquartered and John and Catherine MacArthur made their home. Grants help sustain the cultural life of the city and region. Learn more

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Chicago Announces Expanded Shakespeare in the Parks

This summer, a professional production of The Comedy of Errors will perform 26 free performances in 18 different parks across the city from July 26 to August 25, 2013. Read More

"Chicago Humanities Festival Lets in the Animal"

From the Chicago Tribune
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Arts & Culture Grantmaking Partnership Evaluated

This assessment regards the MacArthur Foundation’s general operating support for Arts and Cultural Institutions in Chicago, in partnership with the Prince Charitable Trusts and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Read More
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Illinois Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector is $2.75 Billion Industry

Illinois' nonprofit arts and culture sector supports more than 78,000 full-time-equivalent jobs, generates $2.3 billion in household income to residents, and delivers nearly $324 million a year in local and state government revenue.. Read More
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Chicago Arts and Culture Groups Receive Grants for International Collaborations

The grants are provided through MacArthur’s International Connections Fund, which aims to help Chicago nonprofit arts and culture organizations advance their work by collaborating with peer organizations abroad. Read More
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Chicago Arts Groups Selected for New Pathways Programs

19 groups in Chicago were chosen to participate in New Pathways, a MacArthur-supported program run by EmcArts, which aims to help organizations adapt to an ever-changing arts landscape. Read More
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Nonprofit Arts & Culture Sector Contributes $2.2 Billion to the Chicago Economy

A national study by Americans for the Arts finds that arts organizations and their audiences generate a total of $1.3 billion in household income to Chicago residents, and deliver $214 million in local and state ... Read More
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Study Examines Lessons of “Building Boom” for Cultural Facilities

A study by the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago, a MacArthur grantee, assesses a major building boom of museums, performing arts centers and theaters in the United States from 1994 to 2008. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Elspeth A. Revere

Elspeth A. Revere

Vice President, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
Portrait of Cate A. Fox

Cate A. Fox

Program Officer

Mariela Evans

Executive Secretary

Susan M. Salaba

Program Administrator