Discovering street art is one of my favorite parts of traveling to new cities, but I also love discovering street art murals in my home city. Chicago is the place where I first fell in love with public art! Chicago is increasingly becoming well known for its street art scene, thanks to the hard work of lots of local artists all around the city.
As a Chicago resident, I love seeing new public murals popping up and get excited when I discover a new one!
There are a few Chicago neighborhoods that offer more street art murals, like my home neighborhood of Logan Square. Another one of those neighborhoods is Wicker Park on Chicago's northwest side. Popular with hipsters and young people, Wicker Park offers a variety of different murals to view all in close proximity to each other. You could easily see all 12 of these street art murals in an afternoon by just walking around.
Here is my guide to seeing the 12 best street art murals in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago!
Vivian Maier Mural
1659 W North Ave
Distinguished Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra painted a unique and engaging mural of one of Chicago’s famed photographers, Vivian Maier. She was a prolific street photographer in the 20th century whose talent was only discovered after her death when her pieces were auctioned off during an estate sale. This mural is meant to be a tribute to her work.
1811 W North Ave
Spanning the entire side of a building, the large scale street art mural by Joe Miller is a playful piece full of color. It depicts a cloud, gusts of wind and off-color rainbow. Just looking at it makes me smile!
2045 W North Ave
A fairly small street art mural, you can easily miss the North Avenue alley where the Eyes piece by My Dog Sighs is located. My Dog Sighs is a British street artist with famous murals around the world, many of which feature his incredibly realistic eyes as a centerpiece of his melancholic works. In this mural, there are lots of bright colors and geometric shapes surrounding the almost haunting green eyes.
Park No. 567/ConAgra Mural
1801 N Milwaukee Ave
The largest of the murals on this guide, the massive 42-by-90-foot Park No 567 (also known as the ConAgra) mural was painted by locally acclaimed muralist Jeff Zimmermann. All of Jeff’s pieces depict human and nature inspired scenes with real portraits of neighborhood residents. For the best view of this piece, walk up to the Bloomingdale Trail overpass.
Hollywood Cleaners Street Art
1438 N Milwaukee Ave
Another rotating mural, the Hollywood Cleaner’s mural changes a few times a year to feature different up-and-coming street artists. There might be one large mural or a few smaller ones, and they are typically seasonal.
Brooklyn Industries Mural
1422 N Milwaukee Ave
In a two-for-one, simply turn around from the Hollywood Cleaners to discover the next Wicker Park street art mural, the Brooklyn Industries mural. Painted by Czr Prz, this graffiti style piece feels perfectly urban fitting in well with the neighborhood.
1414 N Milwaukee Ave
Probably the most recognizable of the Wicker Park street artists is JC Rivera, whose bear characters can be found painted throughout the neighborhood. Over the course of his 9 year career as an artist in Chicago, Rivera has painted lots of pieces including the bandaid bears piece you can find on Milwaukee Avenue.
Antique Taco Mural
1360 N Milwaukee Ave
Tacos and art in one stop? Consider me interested! You can find a colorful piece by graphic designer and artist Ira Kruglova painted along Antique Taco’s patio at the Wicker Park location. The colorful and Instagrammable mural features images of Frida Kahlo, llamas and cacti.
1542 N Damen Ave
Painted by Noelle Roth in 2017 as a way to revitalize Urban Belly’s patio, the vibrant tropical themed mural features technicolor leaves and a tiger tail. This is a popular spot to snap an instagram post and don’t forget to use the hashtag #ubjungle to feature the mural online!
Rotating Toms Store Street Art
1611 N Damen Ave
Along the alley next to the Toms store on Damen Avenue, there are occasionally hidden murals painted. They rotate throughout the year, and sometimes there aren’t any located there. But occasionally you find amazing ones, such as the #KindComments series from 2017.
Nike Running Mural
1640 N Damen Ave
Created by Hebru Brantley, one of the most prolific artists in Chicago, Nike Running is the next street art mural to discover in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. Brantley’s work always contains his iconic glass-clad characters typically depicting scenes of nostalgia, power and hope.
Coy Wolf Mural
Bloomingdale Trail and Damen Avenue
Located on the ramp heading up to the Bloomingdale Trail is where you can discover a colorful piece by Tony Passero. Playfully named the “Coy Wolf” mural, I bet you can guess what this mural features—wolves! I actually saw Tony painting this piece in 2017 and fell in love with it. His style combines Latin, Creole and Tribal tones and are always very colorful.
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