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


Cultural Infrastructure Project Profiled

The MacArthur-supported Cultural Infrastructure Project investigates large building projects undertaken by arts organizations in major U.S. cities to assess the extent to which these projects have a positive and negative impact on the long-term viability ... Read More

The Kennedy Center Comes to Chicago

Capacity Building: Midwest is a two-year program, led by Michael Kaiser, President of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which provides arts management training to over 30 culturally-specific arts organizations in the Midwest ... Read More

International Connections Fund Past Grants

List of grantees from the MacArthur Foundation's Chicago International Connections Fund. Read More

Risk-Free Theater

Challenges Facing Arts Organizations

MacArthur's Elspeth Revere discusses challenges facing Chicago arts organizations in a recent interview on Chicago Public Radio's show, 848. Read More

Art Institute of Chicago Opens the Modern Wing

The new Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago houses the museum’s collection of 20th- and 21st-century art. The 264,000 square-foot building makes the institute the second largest art museum in the U ... Read More


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Stephanie Platz

Managing Director, Programs
Portrait of Cate A. Fox

Cate A. Fox

Program Officer

Mariela Evans

Executive Secretary

Susan M. Salaba

Program Administrator

Media Contact

Portrait of Sean Harder

Sean Harder

Communications Officer