A Look at the Street Art and Artists of Chicago’s Near West Side
Mar19

A Look at the Street Art and Artists of Chicago’s Near West Side

I was walking down Halsted Street between Lake and Randolph when I first saw a work of art by CLS. If you aren’t familiar with Reyes, Roa or Banksy, you might not recognize CLS, either. These guys don’t have their art hanging in the Field Museum or Art Institute. They are street artists. It’s an art form unique to large urban areas. Street art is part of the fabric of cities from New York to Berlin, and of course,...

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Evocative Chicago Places
Dec13

Evocative Chicago Places

Back in July I wrote a piece titled Chicago’s Best Worst Block.  It was about the little stretch of urban decay known as the 400 block of South Clark Street. People liked it.  A lot.  Enough that as of this writing it’s the third-most-popular article on this blog in the last two years.  It also got me invited onto The Afternoon Shift on Chicago Public Radio to talk about the city’s evocative urban spaces.  Places in...

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Slice of Life: Madonna of 18th Street
Jan02

Slice of Life: Madonna of 18th Street

The merge of traditional Mexican folk images with modern street art make Pilsen a contemporary gallery. On a nondescript doorway off of 18th street, I witnessed a work of an iconic image in a new form, the Guadalupe de Pilsen. She was veiled, standing in an illuminating light, with palms together and a smile, blessing me and all who passed....

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Slice of Life: Flowers Versus Fisk

The Fisk Generating Station pushes who-knows-what out of its smokestack in Pilsen while wildflowers along Chicago’s infamous Bubbly Creek clean the air. If you’re the sort of person who believe what’s written in Wikipedia, the coal and kerosene burning plant at 1111 West Cermak Road is not obligated to follow air quality standards outlined in the Clean Air Act because of its...

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