Daley Plaza - OverviewSeven days after Mayor Richard J. Daley died on December 20, 1976, the Chicago Civic Center was officially renamed the Richard J. Daley Center and the plaza was titled the Richard J. Daley Plaza.
Since that time, Daley Plaza has been evolving as the city's go-to public plaza. It's the place of protests, festivals, rallies and spontaneous meetings of all sorts, and the home of one of Chicago's most iconic public sculptures by Picasso.
The plaza is located just south of the Daley Center building, which was erected between 1963 and 1965. It was one of the city's first civic buildings to follow a modern rather than classical design. It was designed by architect Jacques Brownson of C.F. Murphy Associates. The center and the plaza received Chicago Landmark status on November 6, 2002.
Daley Plaza - LocationDaley Plaza
The north side of Washington between Dearborn and Clark Streets
50 W. Washington
Chicago, IL 60606
Using the CTA/RTA/Metra Trip Planner
Daley Plaza - Special FeaturesDaley Plaza is home to some of Chicago's most important public elements.
- The Picasso Sculpture
- The Eternal Flame
- Although it's not an official part of the plaza, a jumbo TV screen posted on a local news station's building across the street is now an integral player in the plaza's landscape.