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While at an estate sale last September, Chicago artist Shannon Downey found an unfinished quilt and knew she had to complete it, but would need help. 

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More than 100 Chicago artists and stars who got their start in the Windy City perform the blues anthem, “Sweet Home Chicago.”

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A mural by Myron Laban on Chicago’s West Side. (WTTW News)

“You deserve to be happy.” That’s the message artist Myron Laban believes people really need to hear in the midst of today’s uncertainties. We check out one of his latest murals on Chicago’s West Side.

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Stamp art created by Michael Thompson. (WTTW News)

Why artwork small enough to fit on a postage stamp is causing some trouble for the United States Postal Service.

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Portraits by Evanston artist Chris Froeter. (WTTW News)

Evanston-based artist Chris Froeter is using his paintbrush to find creative ways to attract customers and support small businesses during the pandemic. 

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A Paint the City mural in Chicago. (WTTW News)

An art alliance has been beautifying boarded-up buildings downtown and throughout the city as a form of protest, and a way to respond to how the world is currently understanding racism.

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Stephanie Manriquez appears on “Chicago Tonight” on June 23, 2020. (WTTW News)

More than 200 Chicago-area residents were nominated this year for the award, and those chosen each receive $50,000 — half of which they can spend however they’d like. 

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Nina Sanchez, director of Enrich Chicago, appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on June 11, 2020. (WTTW News)

Enrich Chicago has been working to support arts and culture groups dedicated to building diversity, equity and inclusion since 2014. We speak with the organization’s director and others about their work locally.

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Dance for Life (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

Dancers, perhaps more than any other group of performing artists, have been hit hardest, both artistically and financially, by the fallout from the coronavirus. So this year’s Dance for Life 2020 event will feature a new virtual format.

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A new virtual art gallery is starting a conversation on why the current stay-at-home order isn’t ideal for everyone, as it explores race and social class issues.

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The Hyde Park Suzuki Institute is offering virtual classes during the pandemic. (WTTW News)

As we enter the third month of Illinois’ stay-at-home order, a look at how the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute is getting “extra creative” as it moves its classes online.

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We check out the Extreme Protection Suits created by Chicago-based artist and art teacher Claire Ashley, who says she was interested in “using humor as a way to deal with trauma.”

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A tile mosaic honoring L. Frank Baum created by Chicago artist Hector Duarte. (WTTW News)

Last November, a yellow brick road appeared in the Humboldt Park neighborhood to honor the late author L. Frank Baum. Recently, another installation was added to the historic corner, and we were there for its unveiling.

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Theater seats are empty across the city in the age of COVID-19. (WTTW News)

The pandemic has put a record number of people out of work. How are artists making ends meet, and what are the city’s arts groups doing to survive the stay-at-home order and the economic downturn?

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Sharon Bladholm (WTTW News)

An assignment in Peru turned into a nightmare for Chicago artist Sharon Bladholm, who was trying to get back home when the coronavirus pandemic hit. 

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Lee Godie (American, 1908-1994). Three Hands on a Piano, n.d. Watercolor and ink on paper, 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm). Ellyn in Profile, n.d. Watercolor and ink on paper, 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm). Collection of Victor F. Keen 

For 29 years one small but significant place has been a showcase for visionary artwork. The art center called Intuit had to close a new show last month, and we got a look at what you’ll see when it one day reopens. 

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