See why 2017 is the Year of Public Art in Chicago and hear why public art is so important to creating vibrant, active spaces. This walking tour will start on the eastern end of the Riverwalk and look at and discuss several rotating exhibits, memorialization in public space, and contemporary public art. Participants will then walk down Wabash Avenue and see several large mural projects installed as part of the Wabash Arts Corridor / Big Walls Project that have transformed blank walls into beautiful street art in the South Loop neighborhood. The tour will then proceed into the Loop and see how public art is incorporated in the Loop Link Project and the new Washington / Wabash CTA Station. Finally, enjoy a walk back to the conference center through Millennium and Maggie Daley Parks to see how art is incorporated into play space.