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City of Palos Heights
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Palos Heights, IL 60463
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Mission Statement:  The Art Garden is a community gathering place and an inspirational artistic retreat for visitors of all ages to enjoy.  Permanent and temporary sculptures and exhibits will be featured in an eco-friendly garden setting.

HISTORY:  The beauty of art is in the eye of the beholder. Mayor Straz had a vision for vacant lot located at 123rd Street and 72nd Court.  This piece of property, which is directly across from the Palos Heights Fire Station, was a transformer lot owned by ComEd. The Mayor saw the potential this property could have being located just 1 block west of the Harlem Avenue Business District. He felt it would be an ideal setting for people who worked or shopped along Harlem Avenue to escape to for a lunch break or to stroll through and enjoy the beauty of the art and gardens. It would add a new dimension of life to the downtown district by placing outdoor sculptures and benches in a garden-like setting.  It would also serve as a location to display works of art done by local talent..


The Art Garden of Palos Heights benefits the entire community. It adds character and attracts visitors to our charming city. Fundraising for sculptures and maintenance of the gardens is an ongoing effort. Please consider making a donation towards this community project.

For more information, please contact Pat Sheppard in the Mayor’s Office at 480-3003. 

  • The City of Palos Heights received the 2011 Tourism Award of Merit from the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau for its vision in the development of tourism amenities which included the Art Garden of Palos Heights. 
  • The Art Garden of Palos Heights received the 2010 and 2011 Keep Palos Heights Beautiful Award and received Special Recognition in the Garden Category.
  • The Art Garden was the recipeint of the 2009 Eugene Simpson Award for Civic Improvement from the Palos Height Chamber of Commerce.  This award, named in honor of the late Mayor Eugene Simpson, is presetned to businesses or organizations that have, through improvements or additions, enhanced the appearance and landscape of the Palos Heights community.


Art Garden Entrance Sign

Entrance Sign   

Designed by Maria DeCaprio Sunta

Fabricated by VanBruggen Signs

 Butterflu Girl

    Butterfly Girl 

        By Gregory Johnson  


 Peace Cranes

Peace Cranes

by Linda Frigo and S.D. 118 Students

 Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

 by Keith Edmier

 Wavy Column

 Wavy Column

by John Searles

Donation from the Orland/Palos Rotary Club


Bike Rack

 Bike Rack donated by the Palos Heights Woman's Club


 Treasures of Palos Heights

 Treasures of Palos Heights

by Anne Farley Gaines

Location: Municipal Parking Lot at 12217 S. Harlem Avenue.

This project was made possible by generous donations from many organizations, community groups, businesses and families. The border tiles were created by students from several area schools and local artists.  

Through Amanda's Eyes

Through Amanda's Eyes

by Nancy Hammel 

Location: NW Corner 123rd & Harlem

This mural was dedicated in memory of Amanda Van Howe, daughter of Jim and Barb Van Howe. Amanda was an aspiring young artist who passed away at the early age of 28. The mural was created by local muralist, Nancy Hammel, and features several pieces of Amanda’s work. The mural was painted by  local artists including Amanda’s brother Michael, all of whom donated their time and talents. Many thanks and sincere appreciation are extended to the Edward Jones Financial Advisors who sponsored the mural with their generous donations.



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