Lakeview is poised to become one of Chicago's most creative neighborhoods. Home to a growing collection of public art, locals and visitors alike enjoy the neighborhood's iconic murals and sculptures, cultural events, and other artistic offerings.
The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and its partners, Special Service Area (SSA) 27 and Friends of Lakeview, are champions of public art. Guided by the 2011 Lakeview Area Master Plan, which prioritized the need for “more regular and district-wide public art," these three entities work together with local partners to fund the installation and exhibition of new works of art that meet the following goals:
- Reflect the spirit of West Lakeview and its unique subdistricts, generating buzz that instills a sense of pride in locals and entices visitors to flock to the neighborhood.
- Increase foot traffic along commercial corridors, encouraging pedestrians to explore shopping, dining and entertainment options.
- Celebrate Chicago as a cultural city and position Lakeview as a leading creative community that welcomes diverse perspectives.
If you would like to help with our mission to bring more public art to Lakeview by providing funding assistance or access to spaces, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Artists and curators who are interested in submitting artwork for consideration for future public art projects should submit an application via the Request for Qualifications below.
This Is Lakeview by Lauren Asta (2018)3411 N. Paulina St"Creating public artwork allows me to visually stimulate an audience and inspire them with my cast of characters doing what they do best: being humorous about the human experience." Lauren Asta is a traveling muralist and artist who left her home base of San Francisco in 2016 to follower her paintbrush. She specializes in illustration, doodle art, street art and murals. Her murals are all hand painted without any aid of a sketch, projector, or traced outline. She works completely freehand."I want the community to be proud of something positive that belongs to them. To have it be a constant reminder to be bold, to flex the hustle, and to hopefully have the desire to create something - big or small."
Flight Patterns by Chris Silva and Yollocalli Arts Reach (2018)3411 N. Paulina StChris Silva's creative pursuits are firmly rooted in Chicago's street art scene, and his artistic journey began right here in the neighborhood of Lakeview. Chris was an innovative figure in Chicago's early graffiti and skateboarding scenes and from that foundation he proceeded to play a significant role in the development of what is now commonly referred to as "street art."Yollocalli Arts Reach is the youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art. For over 20 years, Yollocalli Arts Reach has made informal learning spaces available to thousands of teens and young adults in Chicago, winning numerous awards for innovative, youth-centered arts programming.
Urbs in Horto by Louise "Ouizi" Jones (2019)2637 N. Southport AveLocated just blocks from Wrigley Field in the heart of the Southport Corridor, Urbs in Horto is a bold new mural that incorporates colorful flowers found throughout the Midwest in its design. Created by renowned Detroit-based artist Louise "Ouizi" Jones, the artwork borrows its name from the City of Chicago's official motto, which means "City in a Garden."Ouizi says depicting Chicago's motto in plain view and using specific blooms will honor the city's close relationship with nature: "Chrysanthemums are Chicago's official flower, so they are featured most prominently in the mural. Roses are universally recognizable and loved, but they were also Anne Hewlett Fuller's favorite, and the bloom that the famous Chicagoan architect and designer Buckminster Fuller gave her in courtship. Echinacea and prairie grasses are both found growing wild in Chicago, a nod to the abundance of beautiful wild foliage in Illinois."
Lake View by Anthony Lewellen (2017)3241 N. Lincoln AveThis iconic 4,000 square-foot mural celebrates Lakeview at an intersection that has historically served as the geographical center of the neighborhood. Artist Anthony Lewellen was raised in Lakeview, went to Lake View High School and has been a prominent figure in the Chicago art scene for decades, drawing inspiration for his design from the place he once called home. Lewellen says the central female figure in Lake View personifies the neighborhood itself: "Her hair, flowing like weaves, towers above hte surrounding trees and buildings and in her reflected gaze, we see the horizon clear, blue, open and full of possibilities."
Imitation Aura by Chad Kouri (2019)3410 N. Southport AveAn aura is simply known as a colorful emanation surrounding the body of a living creature regarded as an essential and unique part of the individual. It's known to represent a person's true personality and emotions and can change according to how a person is feeling and the thoughts they have. Kouri intended for audiences to interact with these murals by picking which imitation aura attracts each individual most and take a photo in front of it, capturing their imitation aura. You can even stop by the mural each day to see which imitation aura appeals to you most given your changing moods and emotions.
About the Lakeview Public Art Committee
The Lakeview Public Art Committee is responsible for identifying innovative artists and securing funding to support the display of public works of art in highly-visible locations throughout West Lakeview. Consisting of volunteers who share diverse experience in the arts and fundraising, the committee and its recommendations help advance the mission of Friends of Lakeview, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and partner of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and Special Service Area (SSA) 27.
Lakeview Public Art Committee Members
Chicago Transit Authority
Angela Garbot Photography
Friends of Lakeview
Lakeview Chamber of Commerce
Cornelia Arts Building
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Lakeview Chamber of Commerce
Special Service Area 27
Southport Grocery and Cafe
Chair, Lakeview Public Art Committee