This community mural, located on a wall 330 feet long and 7 feet high, between Estes and Greenleaf on Glenwood, focuses on the history of Rogers Park and utilized the talents of 90 neighborhood young people, coordinated by local artists Lea Pinsky and Dustin Harris. The mural is painted on the side of the embankment on which the Red Line elevated train runs.Watch this video to get a sense of the project and what the mural looks like.
One block south, the block between Morse and Farwell, is home to an historic but badly deteriorated mural. We can recognize in the signatures on that mural some of the leading Chicago mural and graffiti artists of that decade. Under the participatory budgeting process sponsored through the 49th ward alderman’s office in the last 6 months, residents in the community voted on how the alderman would spend the $1.3 million “menu money” allotted to him by the city council. Perhaps under the influence of this long history of artistic activity in Rogers Park, community residents voted that the alderman spend some of that money on several more mural projects this summer, as well as installations of artistic and educational bicycle racks in the ward.