Starving artists with bright ideas have a week left to apply to have their sculptures displayed along Clark Street in Lincoln Park.
The work must be able to withstand a year's worth of the harsh Chicago elements and once that year is up, the Clark Street Special Service Area (SSA) might even purchase the piece.
A panel chosen by the special service area will choose between three and five artists and pay them $3,000 each to lease their work for a year.
"We want some things that are of size. We want it to be noticeable by cars and by pedestrians, something eye-catching," said Anne Kroemer of the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce. "It needs to be able to handle the weather conditions we have in this city."
Kroemer said the project is putting heavy emphasis on work from local artists, but coordinators would consider a piece from elsewhere.
"Our role, when we run the SSA, is to make the corridor as attractive to people as possible, so businesses will come there and do well," she said.
The pieces will be put on display next spring, on sidewalks on Clark Street, from Lincoln Park West on the south to Diversey Parkway.
Sculptures will also be on display on the south side of Diversey, from Orchard Street to Lakeview Avenue.
The final date for submissions is Friday Oct. 19.
More information can be found here.