chicago murals


February 10, 2017


Artist Unknown

In the late 1800s Czech immigrants replaced Germans and Irish, renaming their Chicago neighborhood Pilsen, and in 1896 built the Church of St. Vitus, officially named Chram Sv. Vita after the Czech Repbublic’s largest and most important church—located within the walls of Prague Castle. In the latter half of the 20th century the Latino immigrant population grew and by the 1980s more than 90% of the population had some Mexican heritage. When the church closed its doors in 1990 the newly formed Resurrection Project challenged individuals to act on their faith and values in 1994 the Guadalupano Family Center opened its doors, serving the 6,000 children between 3 and 12 living within a half-mile. Located at S. Paulina St. and W. 18th Place, this hub of Pilsen is adorned with colorful murals celebrating the center and the organizations that made it possible, and on the corner in the place of honor sits the venerated Virgin of Guadalupe. @scenesfromthesidewalk


Muddy Waters Mural State & Madison ©2016 Lauri Novak by Lauri Novak
Via Flickr:
Reflections of the Blues - State Street, Chicago The artist of the Muddy Waters mural is Eduardo Kobra. @kobrastreetart


February 18, 2017


by Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill

This 2013 mural on 16th Street in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood is one of a number of pieces that Cannon Dill has collaborated on with Brett Flanigan. Sponsored by Pawnworks who facilitates art projects in Chicago with a focus on street art, and Ward 25 alderman Danny Solis, Dill painted his signature man-fox creature and Flanigan added the colorful human, house, and tree. Bay Area illustrator and muralist Dill told Juxtapoz magazine that he began drawing while obsessed with folk-tales and the exploration of relationship between human and nature has been a natural outgrowth. He also explained that his monochrome work comes from being partially colorblind and finding it easier to concentrate working in black and white. Born in Montana, Flanigan now also lives in the Bay Area, in Oakland. In a separate interview with Juxtapoz he said he has always been interested in patterns, and finds inspiration in glimpses of little ordinary things, especially out of context or in some altered form.  @cannondill  @brettflanigan​  @juxtapozmag  @pawn_works  ​@aldermansolis  @scenesfromthesidewalk