Benches on the Avenue

Tinley Park's Benches on the Avenue public art program has become one of the Village's most popular attractions, drawing thousands of residents and visitors annually to Downtown Tinley. The colorful benches feature the work of both amateur and professional artists and provide spots to rest and enjoy the fantastic creations while strolling through town.

Benches on the Avenue is an award-winning public art program that features many benches along downtown Oak Park Avenue showcasing the unique and colorful designs of professional and amateur artists from the area.
 
Artwork is based on a different theme each year, and benches are on display from mid-May through October. Each bench is sponsored by a local business or individual, who takes possession of it after the program has ended.

2019 Benches on the Avenue: Prized Page Turners
The Village has tallied the results from its recent online survey to determine the 2019 Benches on the Avenue theme, and the winner is … popular novels! More than 300 people took the survey, 50.2% of which voted for popular novels. Sports arenas and stadiums received 28.3% of the vote, with favorite parks coming in last with 21.5%.
 
Next year’s benches will be themed “Prized Page Turners” and will feature family-friendly novels that have such classic characters and stories that they're hard to put down. The Village will be issuing an official call in October 2018 to artists who are interested in participating in next year's Benches program. 


Little Shop of Horrors bench

2018 Benches: Treasured Family Musicals
If you love Shrek, High School Musical, the Lion King and other classic cinematic celebrations of song, don’t miss the 15th annual Benches on the Avenue along Oak Park Avenue in Downtown Tinley!

This year’s benches are based on the theme “Treasured Family Musicals” and feature some of the most classic musicals of both stage and screen. The artists’ award ceremony was held on Saturday, July 7 in Zabrocki Plaza during the Village’s Music in the Plaza concert. The following awards were announced:

Best First-Time Artist Award: "Journey to Neverland" by T.F. South High School Art Club
Best Group/Family Project Award: "Tuppence a Bag" by Sherrie Bartolini Ordaz & Michael Woodman
Best Use of Materials Award: "Moana" by Jennifer Lilly
Best Portrayal of Theme Award: "Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs" by Nick Schulien
Most Creative Award: "Jungle Beat" by Raye Ann Saunoris
Best 3-D Bench Award: "Hercules" by Nick Schulien
Judges Choice Award: "Little Shop of Horrors" by Nick Schulien, Jennifer Lilly & Becca Zavala

Thank you to the panel of judges who determined the winners:
Cindy DePinto-Dawud, Central Middle School
Kalie Jordan, Grissom Middle School
Adam Malak, Faith United Presbyterian Church
Jeanne Concannon, Tinley Park Public Library
Maurenn Cipolla, Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce

Brochures from from each year of the "Benches on the Avenue" program.

"Treasured Family Musicals" (2018)
"The Power of Music" (2017)
"Once Upon a Time" (2016)
"Heroes and Villains" (2015)
"Let the Games Begin!" (2014)
"Fairy Tale Festival" (2013)
"The Magic of Music" (2012)
"America the Beautiful" (2011)
"When I Grow Up" (2010)
"Classic TV" (2009)
"A World of Travel Adventures" (2008)
"Toyland" (2007)
"Favorite Children's Storybooks" (2006)
"Hooray for Hollywood!" (2005)
"Benches on the Avenue" (2004)