Explore Chicago’s Iconic Murals on National Mural Day: A Free Self-Guided Tour of Bucktown and Wicker Park

Dragon's Gate by Carolina Liu

On May 7, prepare yourself for National Mural Day as Chicago celebrates some of the most iconic architectural artwork… and guess what? It’s free!

Discover impressive works of art located in Chicago’s vibrant Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods. This year, the city of Chicago has collaborated to create over 20 stops featuring a variety of murals suitable for all ages! The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber and The Special Service Area #33 have developed an interactive virtual map that provides essential details about the area’s murals and the talented artists behind them. Many of these murals are officially registered with the City of Chicago Mural Registry. The map is easily accessible online and can be conveniently used on your phone!

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Comprehensive Guide

The guide offers a comprehensive explanation of the mural’s history, planning, and overall context. Get ready for an enlightening and family-friendly exploration of Chicago’s diverse cultures. This self-guided tour is an ideal activity for families and visitors who wish to spend quality time outdoors while learning more about the exceptional talent that adorns Chicago’s communities.

Along the way, you will encounter numerous murals that showcase Chicago’s most iconic artwork created by renowned artists like JC Rivera and Wreckzilla, spanning several decades. These murals captivate the thousands of residents, tourists, and employees who frequent the area. Immerse yourself in various artistic movements and symbolic art that holds deeper meanings beyond mere style. Delve into the history and artistic strategies employed by these artists across different neighborhoods.

Explore more of Chicago’s rich cultural history on May 7! Save the date! For more information, or to access the map, click here!

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