American Gothic by Grant Wood? Check.
Nighthawks by Edward Hopper? Check.
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat? Check.
Twenty-foot-long dead opossum mural? Check.
Sure, you may be familiar with the masterpieces gracing the Chicago Institute of Art but have you taken a gander at our Chicago Street Art? It’s pretty fabulous and about a hundred times more interesting than expressionless farmers, loners nursing coffee or dot people walking through a park, although I am partial to that monkey on a leash.
Check out the Chicago street art when you’re in town. Here’s a taste of what you’ll see.
CHICAGO STREET ART
From downtown, take a cab (one way will be less than $10) or drive west on I290, exit on Ashland and head south a few blocks to 16th. Now check-out the wall on the north side of 16th street. EEK!
Keep walking to discover the illusion created by the curvature of the wall. This rodent has seen better days.
The opossum — my favorite favorite example of Chicago street art — was painted by the well-known artist ROA.
Now just head west along the wall (in your car/taxi: it’s not a very nice walk) and enjoy the some of the finest Chicago street art.
This one’s also crazy-good.
It’s Quetzalcoatl and the Stark by the artist Gaia. The piece draws from the Catholic faith shared by Pilsen’s Polish and Mexican immigrants, blending biblical figures with a mash-up of the two communities’ mythological traditions.
When you’ve finished your crawl down 16th Street and you’re still in the mood for more Chicago street art, I recommend my Mural Walk for the Art-Minded Chicago Traveler. The starting point is only blocks away.