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.

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 is hosting its 16th annual Benches on the Avenue program from May to October in Downtown Tinley. This year's theme is “Prized Page Turners” and feature imaginative, three-dimensional works that depict some of the most extraordinary and captivating popular novels of all time.

2019 Winners
The Village announced the winners of its 16th annual Benches on the Avenue public art program during the Aug. 10 Music in the Plaza concert in Downtown Tinley. Winners included:

  • Best First-Time Artist: Delaney and Kathleen Dillon for “The Adventures of Paddington”
  • Best Group/Family Project: Dante DiBartolo, Allen Jebens, Tom Liston, Bob Renaud and Terry Nugent for “House Stark and House Targaryen”
  • Best Use of Materials: Nick Schulien for “Up”
  • Best Portrayal of Theme: Jennifer Lilly for the “Hunger Games Trilogy”
  • Most Creative: Sherrie Ordaz and Michael Woodman for “Ready. Set. Color!”
  • Best 3-D Bench: Marty Rose for “Ahab’s Doom”
  • Judges Choice: Nick Schulien for “Dracula”

Many thanks to this year’s judges, which included Rebecca Sorenson of V.F.W. Post 2791, Victoria McNamara of the Tinley Park Garden Club, the Rev. Linda Bird of Zion Lutheran Church, Sarah Schroeder of the Tinley Park Public Library and Dr. Theresa Nolan of the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce. Also thanks to all the sponsors for their generous support of this project, the local businesses that participate in making this project a success, and of course to all the incredibly talented artists who bring the theme to life each and every year!


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

"Prized Page Turners" (2019)
"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)