In proper compositions, chimerae, chupacabras, the Hydra and manticores can be art. (You would probably rather not see live versions.) Tangible, non-living stuff around Chicago may or not be art.
Qualifications for Chicago art require Chicago animals, Chicago people, Chicago scenes, Chicago architecture, Chicago sculpture and/or Chicago history. The formats can be photos, paintings, sculptures, drawings and mixed media. Art styles can be Abstractionism, Fantasy, Pop, Naturalism, Realism and/or Surrealism. Circular, triangular and trapezoidal forms are more artistic than rectangular forms. Photos on Cibachrome papers are more artistic than photos on ink-jet papers. Platinum prints are more artistic (and valuable) than gelatin-silver prints. Glass sculptures are more artistic than clay sculptures.
A painting at the Art Institute depicting Bushman, the famous, Brookfield Zoo gorilla (Can you name another, famous, Brookfield Zoo gorilla?) qualifies as art. (It does not matter whether Bushman is swinging from vines or eating bananas, static poses can qualify as art.)
Photos of horses racing at Sportsman Park will likely qualify as art rather than horse racing photos from Arlington Park. Thoroughbred racing is more artistic than harness racing. (A photo of Mr. Ed visiting Arlington Park would likely be more artistic than either of the aforementioned.)
Ø Banjo Player
Ø Broken Tree Trunk-45 Angle
Ø Dark-Light Clouds
Ø Do Not Enter
Ø Low Gas Prices
Ø Gorilla in a Tree
Ø Rolls Royce Grill
Ø Sidewalk Wheelchair Mat
Ø Water Fountain with Ice
Anyway that you slice it, art uses mathematics. Rectangles have opposite sides that have equal lengths. If you can create a parallelogram frame, the opposites will have equal lengths and be parallel. Ratios of circle frames always equal 3.14159265. Icosahedron forms always have 20 faces. This article’s title is Are They ≤ to Chicago Art?
In Chicago banjo players (This is Bob Black.) are not unusual, and usually not art. (They are performing artists.) Now if this was a photo of a lute player or French horn player, it might be art.
Broken Tree Trunk-45° Angle
When tree trunks break they usually fall to the ground. After breaking, tree trunks that form unusual angles, like 45 degrees, can be art. This was a tree trunk from a fairly recent, Chicago windstorm.
Common, Chicago, street signs are not art even if rectangles are within circles within squares like this Do Not Enter sign warning drivers not to enter a one-way street.
Gorilla in a Tree
Perhaps you did not know that gorillas can climb trees; adults weigh several hundred pounds. A photo of a gorilla in a tree is art whether the gorilla is in a zoo or in the wild. (You do not need to have the gorillas sign model releases.)
Low Gas Prices Sign
Although this sign shows some unusually, low gas prices, it is not art. Perhaps if it had an unusual composition, colorful numbers, etc., it might qualify as Commercialism Style art.
Rolls-Royce automobiles are sufficiently rare and expensive to qualify as art. All parts of this automobile probably qualifies as art, especially its grill. Chicagoans will only rarely see these vehicles on the streets. Usually though, you can see them at one of Chicago's auto shows.
Sidewalk Wheelchair Mat
Many Chicago sidewalks have patterned, rubber mats to make wheelchair riders descend from curbs easier to cross streets. Although convenient for the ambulatorily-handicapped, they are not art.
Water Fountain with Ice
Sometimes, water continues to flow from Chicago's, many water fountains. If temperatures drop low enough, the frozen water creates unusual forms. This is art.
Chicago has many beaches. Footprints in these beaches sand, along with interesting patterns that the wind creates, qualifies such photos as art.