Chicago is like an English muffin. Lots of interesting nooks and crannies, and Chinatown has many. Tucked off Wentworth Street is Ping Tom Memorial Park. Wander down a concrete path and you’ll find yourself near the 18th Street bridge.
Not much to look at unless you walk under it.
The views are grand.
Another day, another mural to appreciate. This one has flying turtles and a curious frog perched on this teen’s shoulder.
This young miss/sprite uses a whale for transportation.
This turtle moves in the Milky Way.
Funny how you can walk by something for months and then suddenly notice it. South Boulevard in Oak Park has so many murals. Somehow I missed this one until a few days ago.
How wonderfully colorful.
Took a break from current news, which is more grim than I can wrap my head around, to appreciate the mural love that is South Boulevard in Oak Park.
A determined traveler.
A man and his dog.
A puzzle that is a cat.
And a figure with a donut for a hat and some pretty fly sneakers.
Murals–I love them in just about any setting. From big city boulevards to unnoticed corners of small towns, I will put it in park to admire a great mural. Especially one that incorporates bright colors. I was buzzing down Chicago Avenue in the West Town neighborhood last month and–BOOM–this.
Muralist Louise Jones aka Ouizi is responsible for this treasure titled “West Town in Bloom.” Developed in collaboration with Chicago Truborn Gallery, West Town Chamber of Commerce, and West Town Bakery and Diner, this mural has massive scale. It’s the most surprising experience to experience sunflowers that easily measure more than six feet tall. From any angle, this is a great mural. It’s sneaky delightful.
Ouizi is a Detroiter, so if you visit the Motor City, you’re in luck. Detroit is home to 40 of Ouizi’s murals, many of which are memorialized in photos here.