Illinois Tollway 2020 Map Cover Art Contest

The Illinois Tollway, in partnership with Blick Art Materials and MB Real Estate (MBRE), invited high school art students to design the cover art for the 2020 Illinois Tollway map. 

The contest is open to art students at more than 300 public high schools in the 12 counties served by the Tollway. Any high school student enrolled in art class was eligible to enter. 

This year, in the wake of the tragic loss of a string of Illinois State troopers in the line of duty, the annual art contest will honor the service and sacrifice of our Illinois State Police troopers. 

High school students participated in the Tollway Map Cover Art Contest by submitting any artwork or design that recognizes the distinguished work done by the Illinois State Police troopers who patrol the Tollway and state highways, protecting and assisting drivers despite the risks they face themselves.


Artwork created by the grand prize winner will be featured on the cover of the Tollway’s 2020 map, which is distributed at no cost to more than 75,000 customers. The grand prize winner and three runners-up will be featured in the Tollway’s annual report. Awards include: 

  • Grand prize winner: $400 gift certificate from Blick Art Materials and $200 in gift certificates from MBRE to use at oases retail shops and restaurants
  • Runners-up: $200 gift certificate from Blick Art Materials and $100 in gift certificates from MBRE 
  • A certificate of appreciation for all students who participate in the contest

Entries must be postmarked by October 11.


2020 Art Contest Semi Finalists - Voting Closed

To vote, scroll through all entries on social media. Submit your vote by liking the image. Comments are welcome but they do not count as a vote. The four images with the most "LIKES" will become finalists. Share the album and encourage your friends and family to vote. Public voting is open from 9 a.m. Monday, October 28 to 8 a.m. Monday November 4. The top entries move onto the final panel of judges who will then determine the Grand Prize Winner and the three runners up.