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America's Coolest Street Art

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Azadeh Khastoo

Street art is thriving in cities from New York to L.A., if you know where to look.

Chicago

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Street artist Bored had Logan Square residents smiling in 2012 when oversize dice and Monopoly game pieces began appearing on city sidewalks. The installation included a Community Chest card that read, “You have won first prize in a hipster mustache [sic] contest. Move to Wicker Park.” The Grocer, another local artist, is best known for giant and mini half grapefruits on view throughout the city, while Bonus Saves’s works feature wildlife and comment on the impact of oil on nature. The Chicago Public Arts group conveniently maps its public art for visitors. It embraces not only murals in neighborhoods like Pilsen but also a beautifying comfort stations project and one commemorating HIV education with a mixed media work.

America's Coolest Street Art

Chicago

Street artist Bored had Logan Square residents smiling in 2012 when oversize dice and Monopoly game pieces began appearing on city sidewalks. The installation included a Community Chest card that read, “You have won first prize in a hipster mustache [sic] contest. Move to Wicker Park.” The Grocer, another local artist, is best known for giant and mini half grapefruits on view throughout the city, while Bonus Saves’s works feature wildlife and comment on the impact of oil on nature. The Chicago Public Arts group conveniently maps its public art for visitors. It embraces not only murals in neighborhoods like Pilsen but also a beautifying comfort stations project and one commemorating HIV education with a mixed media work.

Azadeh Khastoo
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