Since the launch of Style Charade, public art and murals have been at the core of my content. From Chicago to New York, Los Angeles and Miami, I’ve loved curating Wall Guides. Generally, I love how they help readers locate the colorful scenes and celebrate the artists. In many ways, street art is a significant part of my storytelling and brand. One reason why I love murals and public art is because they often share a message. Others support a cause. In many ways, they make a neighborhood more beautiful. Which leads me to this blog post.
Following the tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, protesters took to the streets to advocate for racial justice. Furthermore, they bring the Black Lives Matters movement to the forefront of our nation and world. While the majority of the protests have been peaceful, we’ve seen various amounts of damage occur in cities. Sadly, many small businesses were impacted as a result, including those of some of my friends and family. It’s no secret looting can be a controversial topic. In my own effort to learn and grow, I found this article and this article helpful to contextualize things. Furthermore, I applaud organizations like My Block, My Hood, My City and the Chicago Community Trust. Many organizations are fundraising for small businesses in the city.
Moreover, artists and creatives are putting their talents to work in an effort to beautify streets and storefronts. Best of all, these are murals come with a message. In fact, my favorite is based in Washington D.C. where Mayor Muriel E. Bowser renamed 16th street in front of the White House – Black Lives Matter Plaza – in massive yellow letters. The Chicago artist community is also working towards raising awareness.
Black Lives Matters Murals Chicago
One Chicago-based organization leading the way for the creation of murals in support of Black Lives Matter? Sounding Boards Chicago. Plus, I’ve seen many artists like @OverbiteStudio and Cristina Vanko offer up their services to businesses and storefronts. In fact, they paint their boards with messages of support for the Black community and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Furthermore, Sounding Board Chicago is planning a permanent installation of the artwork. I’m hoping a gallery space or other business in the Windy City will step forward to support this effort. If possible, please reach out to them about partnering once the boards come down.
While the following list of street art is not conclusive, I hope you will visit. Additionally, I hope you will support the small businesses hosting the art. Tag everyone properly share on social media. Lastly, be sure to safely social distance while photographing these walls.
Again, please be sure to tag the artists and businesses when doing so, and stop in to shop where possible. Lastly, as with all street art, you may arrive to the location and the walls have changed or shifted in some ways.
Mural Locations + Details
Please note some of the murals don’t list the artist nor organization who painted them. Lastly, if you know who/whom completed the art, please email or DM me. I’d love to know the details; I’ll update this post accordingly!
Artist: Apple // Location: 1357 N Milwaukee Ave
Artist: Chicago Stand Up // Location: 2778 N Milwaukee Ave
Artist: Apple // Location: 2756 N Kimball Ave
Artist: Unknown // Location: 2354 N Milwaukee Ave
Call for Street Art Recommendations
Please feel free to send me/share additional murals and street art that you come across around the city and beyond. I’ll do my best to update this list when/where possible. Also, I’ve created a tab under “Wall Guides” to easily access this round-up moving forward. Sending love!
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