Visions for Chicago

Daniel Tucker

Introduction by Micah Maidenberg, with an additional interview by Abigail Satinsky


Visions for Chicago is a politically charged public art project taking place in front yards, empty lots and public spaces throughout Chicago, Illinois during a historic mayoral and city council election season. The question of “What is your vision for Chicago?” is important at this time because the mayor and the city council he controlled for over 20 years are retiring and the political culture of corruption, defeat and disengagement they have encouraged has an opening and opportunity to be changed. But change doesn’t happen in the small and busy window of time afforded by elections, it happens over long periods of time through the implementation of strategic vision by people acting collectively and individual-level internal transformation of how we think, behave and consider ourselves in relationship to other people and our surroundings.

This project has been organized by Daniel Tucker. Featuring photography by Lauren Cumbia and Hillary Strack. With an introduction by Micah Maidenberg and an interview by Abigail Satinsky. Produced with support from Lantern Projects and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Published by Green Lantern Press, 2011. Visions for Chicago contributors: Aaron Hughes, Abigail Satinsky, Adam Kader, Alex Han, Alexa Roberts, Alice Kim, Amanda Klonsky, Amy Ellison, Amy Mall, Ana Katsenios, Athena Thasiah, Augie Montes, B. Loewe, Ben Helphand , Bill Ayers, Brad Thomson, Carlos Fernandez, Carolyn Thomas, Carrie Spitler, Charlie Vinz, Chasity White, Courtney Moran, Coya Paz, Dalin and Lightie, Damon Locks, Dana Carter, Dara Epison, Darlene Gramigna, Dave Pabellon, Dave Stovall, Dawn Herrera Helphand, Dayna Kriz, DeBrina Moore, Devin Mcintosh, Eden Thasiah, Elise Zelechowski, Elizabeth Thasiah, Ellen Rothenberg, Elly Fishman, Elvia Rodriguez-Ochoa, Eric Rogers, Eva Preus, Fausto Lopez, Fereshteh Toosi, Frank Edwards, Gabby Higgins, Graham Stephenson, Grant Buhr, Harishi Patel, Hazel Bee Womac, Hector Gonzalez, Hillary Strack, Ida Rocket Xoomsai, Jackie Ingram, Jaiya Ovid, Jeanne Walker, Jen Blair, Jerome Grand, John Preus, Kai Preus, Karen Furlong, Kathleen Duffy, Keshawnda Eggleston, Khila Clay, Kristina Pilman, Kyla Lyles, Lauren Cumbia, Lillie Mccartin, Liz Goss, Louisa Womac, Manchershaw Engineer, Marcus Thomas, Mariame Kaba, Mark Shipley, Marquesha Mance, Martin Macias Jr., Marvin Scott, Maximiliano Benitez, Melissa Dean, Micah Maidenberg, Michelle Lugalia Hollon, Miguel Colon, Mike Phillips, Nat Zorach, Neil Brideau, Nicole Mauser, Nina Xoomsai, Peter Zelchenko, Rachel Caidor Rebecca Zorach, Roxy Trudeau, Ryan Lugalia Hollon, Salem Collo-Julin, Samuel Barnett, Sara Brodzinsky, Sarah Jane Rhee Solveig Preus, Talib Becktemba-Goss, Theaster Gates, Tiana Jones, Tyra Williams, Tzitlalli Cienfuegos, Victor Thasiah, and Vinay Ravi.

You can see the entire contents of this book online by going here.

Cover art by: Caroline Picard

Design by: Caroline Picard


The Visions for Chicago contributors seem to reflect the city’s racial and economic makeup; the people posing proudly with their signs include individuals, couples and families, as well as students from Humboldt Park’s Orr High School. Their diversity makes the similarity of their dream cities pretty poignant

Lauren Weinberg, Time Out Chicago



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About the Authors

Daniel Tucker

Daniel Tucker was a founding member of AREA Chicago. His (co-authored) book, "Farm Together Now" (Chronicle Books) was released last year. "Visions for Chicago" is his second book.