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CHICAGO'S CONCRETE CANVAS: STREET ART & MURALS

Ready to explore? Here are some famous Chicago Murals in Pilsen, Logan Square/Bucktown & Wabash Arts Corridor.

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On bridges, in stairwells and climbing buildings, Chicago's murals tell the story of faith and hope, race and immigration, struggle and success, family and whimsy. Check out some of Chicago's most beautiful murals in these popular neighborhoods. Share your artistic Chicago shots on Instagram. Tag #mychicagopix.

 

SOUTH LOOP: WABASH ARTS CORRIDOR

The Loop's living urban canvas lies along Wabash Avenue from Van Buren to Roosevelt, featuring large-scale mural installations by Columbia College Chicago students and artists from around the world.

From Doom to Bloom

Collin van der Sluijs' | @collinvandersluijs
From Doom to Bloom 
(1006 S. Michigan Ave.)

This Dutch artist works without sketches or notes. His mural depicts two endangered Illinois birds against larger-than-life blooms.

 

ASVP's

ASVP's | @asvpart
Make Your Own Luck
(1 E. Balbo, South Loop Club)

Two Brooklyn artists known as ASVP created this piece under the Vertical Gallery's "The Power of Paint" series.

 

Moose Bubblegym Bubble

Jacob Watts
Moose Bubblegum Bubble

(33 E. Congress)

Jacob Watts' moose was selected as one of the winners in the 2014 Columbia College Chicago's Wabash Arts Corridor Campus competition.

 

PILSEN

What started as a collaboration between the Chicago Urban Art Society, National Museum of Mexican Art, Park Works and street artists has skyrocketed into a full-on mural movement.

 

Gulliver In Wonderland

Hector Duarte
Hector Duarte's house, a.k.a. Gulliver in Wonderland

(1900 W. Cullerton St.)

The award-winning public artist turned his two-story home into a stirring depiction of Mexican immigration struggles.

 

Gaia's Quetzalcoatl and the Stork

Gaia's Street Art | @gaiastreetart
Quetzalcoatl and the Stork
(16th St. and Halsted St.)

This conversation starter illustrates the shared Catholic faith between the neighborhood's Polish and Mexican residents.

 

Jeff Zimmerman's Increibles las cosas a se ven

Jeff Zimmerman
Increibles las cosas a se ven

(19th St. and Ashland)

The native Chicago artist's three-panel building mural mixes politics, religion and neighborhood with images devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe, local workers and Cesar Chavez.

 

For the Day Dreamers & Goal Getters

A collaboration from JC Rivera and Sentrock | @jcrivera & @sentrock
For the Day Dreamers & Goal Getters
(16th St. and Wood)

This huge and colorful piece is meant to inspire and empower. "Get out there and live your dream" is the underlying message.

 

Explore more Pilsen murals:
Walk the area bounded by 16th Street to the north, the Chicago River to the east, Cermak/22nd to the south and Western Avenue to the west.

 

LOGAN SQUARE & WICKER PARK/BUCKTOWN

Everything has artistic potential in this tight-knit locals neighborhood comprised of grassy parks and thoroughfares.

 

Hebru Brantley's Nike Running

Hebru Brantley | @hebrubrantley
Nike Running
(N. Damen Ave. and Concord Place in Bucktown)

A Chicago native, Hebru Brantley's Flyboys tell the stories of young adventurers in the city.

 

Greetings from Chicago

Victor Ving | @victorving
Greetings From Chicago

(2226 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Former graffiti artist Victor Ving's spray paint masterpiece pays tribute to city symbols like deep dish pizza and a Logan Square monument, sports teams and even Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

 

Logan Square Chicago

A project by Nick Adam and Thor Goodlife | @nickadam
Home
(Milwaukee Ave. and Kedzie)

The dark blue in this Logan Square CTA bus terminal piece represents the safety, honor and comfort of home.


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