Pro Arts_Various Students_1983

This image was sent to us by the Chicago Public Art Group from their slide archives.

This was one of the early murals done by Pros with children from the neighborhood.


Benito Juarez HS_1975

We are very excited to be in communication with the artist responsible for this piece at Juarez High School. He has been posting comments and we hope to help support a repainting of this work.

So this week I photographed murals along the 16th street between Halsted Ave and Blue Island Ave. They were all in a similar condition: chipping paint, knocked out walls, tagging, fading. One Mural was almost gone.. Just hints of paint.
This mural stood out from the others. I like it. 🙂

Keeper's of Culture Mural gal

I recently went out and took pictures of some of the murals that are located around Dvorak Park. Now I am not saying that these murals are in horrible condition, but some of the walls are crumbling and the paintings are chipping away. You can find pieces of the mural on the floor and although the designs are still viewable, it is a problem because instead of the murals fading like most are in pilsen; they are falling and they are gaps everywhere.


This was a picture I thought was amazing.  I am interested in wierd things having a meaning behind them.  This caught my attention while I was at the Pink Line train stop on 18th.  I don’t like the way I took the picture though.  This and a couple of others are the only ones that look anywhere near mint condition.  However, to be honest this doesn’t look new to me but you be the judge!

This mural is along 16th going west from Blue Island up to Loomis. This side was part of a project lead by Aurelio Diaz. this is just a detail and we will post more soon.



Detail of Faces by Arelio Diaz

These pictures are part of a larger Mural found under the viaduct between 16th and 14th on Blue Island on the north bound side. There are cast faces attached to the wall and painted in as part of the overall mural design. Dated from 1997 as part of the Pros Arts Studio Summer Program although we could not find the artist listed on there. We will look for that info and post it.

Portion under viaduct

Portion under viaduct
Detail of face

Detail of face

The group will be out documenting some of the murals along the viaduct. We will upload pictures later today

For our project we are going to end up covering the Lower Westside which includes Pilsen and Heart of Chicago. This is an important distinction since we know a lot of people want to make it seem like Pilsen runs from the lake all the way to Cicero.

But it doesn’t!

Please see Wikipedia link

Just sayin’