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Art in the Open Air

Nothing brightens an urban landscape quite like street art. A pop of color, a political message, an eccentric image—you can find it all in Chicago’s murals. Check out this guide, by Choose Chicago, to plan your tour through the city’s open air galleries in the neighborhoods of Pilsen, Logan Square, Bucktown, and the Wabash Arts Corridor.

On the South Loop’s Wabash Arts Corridor, check out large-scale installations by Columbia College Chicago students and international artists. You’f find giant birds and bright blue flowers by Dutch artist Collin van der Sluijs adorning 1006 S. Michigan Avenue. A lumbering moose blowing a bright pink bubble overlooks city dwellers from the bright blue 33 E. Congress building. In Pilsen, don’t miss the home at 1900 W. Cullerton St. of public artist Hector Duarte, who turned the entire facade into a massive, visual statement about the struggles of Mexican immigrants.

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