Category: Street Art

ShowPlace ICON Theatre, Repurposed

The ShowPlace ICON Theatre at Roosevelt Collection Shops isn’t currently open due to the pandemic. Just because the interior is temporarily closed, doesn’t mean visiting isn’t warranted, especially if you’re smitten with art. An uplifting makeover The ICON received a makeover with the addition of uplifting murals thanks to the direction of Beth Swanson. Beth... Read more »

Event of the season — "Paint It Up Art Weekend"

There are many reasons to explore a gem like Uptown (think art, food, architecture, and rich history). I recently explored the art scene in Uptown, as the murals are abundant and flourishing. I started at the Clifton Street Art Gallery to see the new additions since my last visit. The gallery offers a nice variety of... Read more »

Taking Chicago by storm — one yarn bomb at a time

I bet most people could come up with at least ONE thing they have enjoyed during the stay at home order. Perhaps working in your PJs. Day drinking (I’m not complaining about cracking open a beer on my patio before 5 PM). Not fighting traffic to get to work. For me, I have enjoyed the... Read more »
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Lacuna Lofts — an art lover's utopia

Lacuna Lofts offers unparalleled event and commercial space; however, in my opinion, it’s an art lover’s utopia. I could spend hours upon hours appreciating the art and concocting ways to live here permanently despite having no artistic ability. The artwork This enormous structure is bursting at the seams with art inside and out. The art... Read more »

Stroll the Clifton Avenue Art Gallery

Clifton Avenue is a narrow thoroughfare directly off Broadway Street near the Wilson CTA stop in the diverse and lively Uptown neighborhood. The avenue has become engaging and multicolored thanks to a bunch of talented artists. Looking for new artists The Clifton Avenue Street Art Gallery is an outdoor arts destination featured in a one-block... Read more »

Celebrate Weed at Chicago Truborn

Love it or hate it, Illinois has become the 11th state to legalize marijuana as of January 1, 2020. To celebrate this milestone, Chicago Truborn hosted a gallery night entitled “Weed the People – A Celebration of Freedom” on January 11th. I planned to attend and cover the show; however, I was under the weather... Read more »
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The Underground Art Market had me at Hello

I recently attended the Underground Art Market for two specific reasons — to explore the exquisite oddities at Salvage One and meet one of my favorite local artists, Daniel Wilson. Of course, I also planned to visit the many vendors in attendance to check out their wares. What is the Underground Art Market? The art market is... Read more »

Experiment at Pilot Project

I was intrigued by the name when I learned about Pilot Project Brewing through my street art account on Instagram. I saw a post about a phenomenal large-scale mural on the brewery’s exterior wall by local artist Czr Prz and couldn’t wait to check it out. I believe art not only enhances a brewery’s aesthetics, but... Read more »

My First Mural Tour, Belgian-Style

I traveled to Liège, Belgium several years ago and met a lovely couchsurfer (Francoise) through my host. We hit it off and kept in touch through Facebook. Francoise makes frequent trips to Chicago; however, we had not been able to connect for some time. She is also an avid street art fan and enjoys my... Read more »
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Colorful Passports in the South Loop

If you live or work in the South Loop, you may have noticed it has become more eye-catching with some new door art known as “Corri-doors.” While large-scale murals have hung around for some time, the artsy doors are a new project by Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC) in partnership with Columbia College. I have always had... Read more »