How Will Chicago Fare A.D. (After Daley)?

February 22, 2011

Chicago residents have a new leader.

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has been elected the new mayor of the Windy City.

“Thank you Chicago! Your hard work & support got us here. Looking forward to working together as your next mayor,” Emanuel tweeted around 8:10 p.m.

Whether you voted for Rahm or not, you might have concerns about what Chicago will be like without Mayor Richard M. Daley at the helm.

If that’s the case, we have something you should see.

Fourteen Chicago artists have created pieces that signify what they envision for Chicago in the future during an exhibit called “Chicago A.D. (After Daley).”

The collection is at the Jackson Junge Gallery on the North Side of Chicago and includes paintings, digital images, illustrations, collages, jewelry and more.

The visual commentaries include tributes and critiques of Mayor Daley.

So, what kind of images could some of the artistic works include?

*Home “for sale” signs

*Parking meters

*Chicago and the arts


*Green buildings

*O’Hare expansion

*Chicago’s diverse population

“As a venue that showcases contemporary Chicago artists we couldn’t resist the upcoming mayoral election,” said Chris Jackson, director and co-owner of the Jackson Junge Gallery. “We gave the artists considerable leeway simply asking them to create a visual perspective on what this turning point might mean for the City of Chicago. As a result, we received a broad range of work ranging in tone from political and satirical to reflective and inspiring.

“We can only hope that the election itself proves as insightful!”

What: Chicago A.D. (After Daley): A Visual Commentary on Life After the Daley Reign

Where: Jackson Junge J2 Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

When: Open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; last day of the exhibit is Sunday, February 27 from noon to 5 p.m.

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