Chicago is known for its downtown sculptures like Picasso’s enigmatic creation in Daley Plaza and Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate AKA “the bean,” but the city has longed served as a canvas for outdoor murals and mosaics. Diverse artists, both local and internationally renowned, have used the city’s blank walls and viaducts to depict historical events, important cultural figures, environmental causes, or abstract patterns.
Murals are an essential part of Chicago’s built environment, and city officials are finally starting to take notice. In recent years, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events led several initiatives to bring more public art to Chicago’s outlying neighborhoods. Last year, the city even launched a mural registry to catalog notable works and prevent them from being painted over by graffiti removal teams.
Here are 22 Chicago murals that you can check out right now.
Note: This list is arranged geographically north to south.Read More