Art Loop Open: Event : Planck Studios Chicago Prints and Photos

Art Loop Open

Oct 15, 2010

“The work of Chicago artists is our city’s tapestry. Art Loop Open will be a unique opportunity for visitors and residents to celebrate our rich art, showcase our amazing downtown artistic attractions, and offer a platform for local artists to shine. Art Loop Open will be an interactive, cultural experience bringing everyone together to enjoy and admire great works of art.” -Richard M. Daley, Mayor of Chicago

“We wish Chicago Loop Alliance and Chicago Artists’ Coalition great success with Art Loop Open and look forward to welcoming it to the roster of programs that showcase local artists during Chicago Artists’ Month in October.” –Lois Weisberg, Commissioner of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

About Art Loop Open

October 15-29, Art Loop Open—Chicago’s new art competition—will transform ten venues throughout Chicago’s Loop into interactive public art exhibits.

You Be the Judge! Your Votes Decide Who Wins

200 local artists, selected by an esteemed jury from a pool of 750 entries, will be vying for more than $60,000 in prizes, as judged by the public.

Venues Block 37, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Hotel Burnham, Macy's, Merchandise Mart, Chicago French Market/MetraMarket, Palmer House, Hotel Allegro, theWit Hotel, W Chicago-City Center

Visit and vote at three or more venues from October 15-21 and be entered to win a trip to Hawaii courtesy of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. Please visit for details.

Art Crawl – Voting Begins

Friday, October 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. The public is encouraged to visit each venue and begin voting for their favorite artwork, while enjoying specialty "Artini" cocktails and other offerings. Many of the artists will be on hand that evening to discuss their works.


Round 1 (October 15-21): The public is urged to participate in the first round of voting, where they can vote once in support of as many pieces as they'd like utilizing smart phone applications and texting.

Round 2 (October 22-28): Following the announcement of the top ten vote recipients on Friday, October 22, the public will be invited to vote for their top selection. The three winners with the most votes will be announced at an awards ceremony, Friday, October 29, and will receive $25,000 (1st), $15,000 (2nd) and $10,000 (3rd). The winners of additional prizes, presented by organizations including the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, theWit Hotel, Palmer House, 3Arts, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, and the Chicago Art Dealers Association, will also be announced.

Hub 37

Art meets technology at Hub 37, an interactive venue designed by the IIT Institute of Design that will allow the public to engage with one another and the art. Visitors to the space, located in the Pedway at Block 37, will be able to use cutting edge Surface Tables and Pivot kiosks from Microsoft to view information about art and the artists, while a live twitter feed will display tweets posted with the #ALO hashtag.