Survey Results

Arts Alliance Illinois commissioned a public survey to collect information about Chicagoans’ opinions, beliefs and behaviors related to culture and the arts and their accessibility. The poll is the latest in a series of research reports about cultural access, vibrancy, and participation in Chicago.

Click here to view the full survey results.

Chicago residents overwhelmingly agree arts and culture attract tourists, improve the livability of Chicago, make significant contributions to the economy, and prepare students for future success.

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Chicago’s cultural vibrancy is strong and resident participation in the arts is far higher level than national rates. Chicagoans also place cultural activities at the top of the list of the best things about living in the city.

  • 94% of Chicago households have participated in a cultural activity in the past 12 months
  • 73% of Chicagoans reported visiting a museum or gallery in the past 12 months compared to only 21% of US adults [i]
  • 39% of Chicagoans believe cultural activities are the best things about living in Chicago

Views on access to cultural activities reflect where residents live. Awareness of neighborhood-based cultural activities can be increased across the city.

  • 49% of Chicagoans say arts and cultural activities are not readily available in their neighborhoods.

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Survey Methodology

The survey was conducted September 30 through October 9, 2014 by APC Research, Inc., and featured interviews on landlines and cellphones with 800 Chicago residents. The sample is robust across geography and representative of demographics in Chicago. It has a margin of error of 3.5% and a confidence level of 95%.

[i] National Endowment for the Arts, 2012