There is a lot of things that I love about living in Chicago—the incredible assortment of delicious brunch restaurants, the friendly + proud local people, the stunning architecture—but one of my favorite things is discovering street art. Hunting for street art is one of my favorite things to do while I travel now, and it is because I fell in love with street art while exploring Chicago. It started with my daily bike commute, where I would always notice new murals and has grown to be something that I seek out when I explore new neighborhoods in Chicago.
Chicago is a haven for public art and street murals in the Midwest, offering a diverse range of types and styles to view throughout the city.
I am lucky to live in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago which has a dense concentration of beautiful street art to explore. As a local Logan Square resident, I pay close attention to the murals in my neighborhood, always keeping my eyes open for new ones to pop up.
Here are my 13 favorite street art murals to discover in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.
2746 N. Milwaukee Ave
Local artist Darius Dennis painted the Lucha mural in late 2018 to depict the bond between community and environment as part of a climate resilience project spearheaded by local cooperative grocery store Dill Pickle. The mural tells the store of change and resilience in the neighborhood to honor but not forgot the history of Logan Square.
Gentrification and Community Mural
Logan Square CTA Blue Line Main Stop
Unveiled in late 2017, this controversial yet vibrant mural was painted by local artists Sandra Antongiorgi and Sam Kirk to celebrate the diversity in Logan Square while also depicting concerns of the increased influence of gentrification.
Fullerton Gallery Wall
Fullerton and Milwaukee Under CTA Tracks
Tucked just under the CTA train tracks along Fullerton Street, this rotating gallery is painted and repainted every few weeks. Typically featuring graffiti style designs from amatuer artists, you’ll notice something different on all sides of this building.
Big & Littles Mural
Another recent addition to the neighborhood, famed Chicago street artist Joseph Perez (also known as Sentrock) teamed up with the Chicago Bears to paint this colorful and team-spirited mural on the side of soon-to-open taco restaurant Big & Littles.
Boiler Room Pizza Octopus
2210 N California Ave
Running the full height of Boiler Room Pizza, Jason Brammer’s Octopus mural can be easily seen just steps from the CTA Blue Line stop at California. This whimsical under-the-sea inspired piece features a giant octopus holding PBR cans.
FQ Art Bloomingdale Trail Mural
1750 N California Ave
Visible from one of the neighborhood's most famous attractions, the Bloomingdale 606 Bike Trail, FQ Art's sprawling painting on the side of Donut Delight depicts his iconic dinosaurs painting a Chicago mural of their own with the help of adorable spray cans that have come to life.
Dollar Tree Murals
2252 N Milwaukee Ave
Along the north and west facing walls of the Dollar Tree, you can find a collection of characters and murals from several famous Chicago artists including FQart’s dinosaur, Myron Laban’s parent and child and Amuse 126’s abstract graffiti style piece.
Greetings from Chicago Mural
2226 N Milwaukee Ave
Perhaps the most photographed of all the murals in Chicago, the “Greetings from Chicago” mural was designed by muralist Victor Ving and photographer Lisa Beggs who have been traveling full time out of their RV for the last 3 years. They aspire to paint a greetings mural in every state in the USA and the Chicago mural was one of their first ones to be completed in 2016.
Long Weekend Mural
2226 N Milwaukee Ave
Easily viewable from the Greetings from Chicago mural above, Kristine Campbell’s wholesome mural depicts all the essentials the artist enjoyed during a long weekend staycation at home. You can learn about what each image means to the artist on her blog!
2110 N Milwaukee Ave
Painted by Chicago-based muralist Josue Pellot, the Pink Wall mural is one of the newest murals in Logan Square. Pellot's work typically consists of large scale lettering with thought-provoking phrases painted over patterned or colorful backgrounds.
Family Thrift Rotating Murals
2160 N Milwaukee Ave
Similar to the Fullerton Gallery wall, Family Thrift on Milwaukee Ave offers a rotating assortment of murals from up-and-coming street artists. They change every few weeks, but there usually at least 3-5 murals by different artists splattered across the walls of this building.
La Caída del Marakame
2114 North Milwaukee Avenue
Completed in 2016, La Caída del Marakame depicts a fallen stag surrounded by colorful flowers. This mural was painted by Mexican muralist Diske Uno whose pieces often feature traditional Mexican iconography mixed with dark and modern themes.
Robin Williams Mural
2047 N Milwaukee Ave
One of the newest murals in Logan Square, the massive Robin Williams mural on the side of Concord Music Hall took New York street artist Jerkface and New Zealand artist Owen Dippie an entire week to complete. Although unconfirmed, there are rumors that this street art mural was commissioned and debuted in September to raise awareness about suicide prevention during suicide prevention month as a tribute to native Chicagoan Robin Williams who struggled with depression throughout his career before taking his own life at the age of 63.
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