New Placemaking Murals in Andersonville & Kenwood Honor Native Residents & Heroes


As REALTORS®, we all know how necessary properties and industrial properties are to the spine of our communities. However we additionally know there’s far more that goes into making our communities wholesome and vibrant locations to reside, work and play.

Because of this over the previous few years we’ve funded placemaking initiatives all through the town to reinforce our neighborhoods and strengthen our relationship with group stakeholders.

Early this fall, we unveiled our newest efforts: the creation of two brand-new murals funded by Nationwide Affiliation of REALTORS®’ grants. Right here’s an unique take a look at these new murals, their inspirations and their legacies.


Jessie “Ma” Houston Park in Kenwood isn’t any stranger to impactful art work. In 1994, the “Feed Your Kids the Fact” mural was unveiled, commemorating the lifetime of the park’s namesake, Jessie “Ma” Houston, a minister and activist who labored to enhance incarcerated individuals’ lives by way of Operation PUSH (now the Rainbow PUSH Coalition).

The brand new “Dwelling Legacies” mural, funded by CAR and the Southeast Chicago Fee, honors unsung group and civil rights activists, all of whom have been hand-picked by the park’s Advisory Council: Timuel Black Jr., Rosie Simpson and Reverend Helen Sinclai. Every is honored as having an outsized affect in Black and minority communities round Chicago.

    Timuel Black Jr. is a civil rights activist who organized Chicago’s participation within the March on Washington in 1963. He’s a retired instructor who taught at Chicago Public Faculties, Metropolis Faculty of Chicago and the College of Chicago. He additionally filed a lawsuit claiming discrimination in opposition to minority voters in the usage of punch card ballots in the course of the 2000 election.
    Rosie Simpson is an training activist who participated within the 1963 boycott and march from Chicago Public Faculties which protested segregation insurance policies that have been put in place that 12 months.
    Reverend Helen Sinclair is the daughter of Jessie “Ma” Houston. She was a jail chaplain at Statesville Correctional Heart and a founding member of Operation PUSH, a social justice group.

World-renowned road artist Rahmaan “Statik” Barnes created this new mural, which may be considered on the nook of fiftieth Avenue and Cottage Grove Avenue. He could also be a well-recognized title to these of you accustomed to our earlier placemaking initiatives, as he’s additionally accountable for our 2019 venture in Chatham: a mural depicting poet Gwendolyn Brooks.


Andersonville, a group inside Edgewater, is residence to residents of many alternative backgrounds, ethnicities and sexual orientations. “Life on the Intersections,” a brand new mural on the south wall of The Clark (5346 N. Clark Avenue), goals to replicate the neighborhood’s range.

Artist Molly Costello interviewed 77 native residents and enterprise homeowners as inspiration for the piece, which highlights the neighborhood’s LGBTQIA+ and activist legacy, in hopes of inspiring reflection on various group security, wellness, mutual assist and care.

“Their honesty concerning the space and hopes for the long run have been poured into these visuals,” Costello mentioned.

The placement of the piece is notable: The Clark constructing, which previously housed a Swedish bakery, is a neighborhood landmark, performing as a hub for group exercise. The adjoining alley and courtyard hosts many native occasions and vacation parades, making it a first-rate location for our venture.

Placemaking: The place We’ve Been & The place We’re Going

We’ve got various placemaking initiatives at completely different levels of completion.

312 E. seventy fifth St., Chatham
Standing: COMPLETE
Challenge Companions: Better Chatham Initiative & the South Aspect
Neighborhood Traders Affiliation

The Gwendolyn Brooks Mural highlights the work of the poet herself, who was a Chatham native. The mural serves as a legacy merchandise in Chatham and a bodily pledge of CAR’s assist of our vibrant south aspect communities. This mural was accomplished by artist Rahmaan “Statik” Barnes, who additionally accomplished the Dwelling Legends Mural in Kenwood.

2741 W. Montrose Ave., Irving Park
Standing: COMPLETE
Challenge Companions: Horner Park Canine Park Advisory Council

Horner Park Canine Park gives a spot for Irving Park canine homeowners to fulfill and congregate on the largest “grass” canine park in Chicago (which is definitely fabricated from turf, per Chicago Park District guidelines). CAR funded the second part of the canine park, which included paving an entryway, putting in a water fountain and water options, and constructing out a small canine space with benches.

Bus Terminal at N. Austin Blvd. and W. Division St., Austin
Standing: COMPLETE
Challenge Companions: DePaul’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Improvement

This examine was designed to find out utilization, engagement and accessibility for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Division Avenue bus terminal in Austin, whereas establishing suggestions for capital enhancements utilizing a mix of CTA rider quantity knowledge going again to 1995, group demographics and the prevailing mix of close by residential and industrial actual property. The suggestions included enhancements and upgrades to the terminal in addition to walkability and entry within the space abutting the station, which have been introduced to the Chicago Transit Authority.

5001 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Kenwood
Challenge Companions: Houston Parks Advisory Council & the Southeast Chicago Fee

5346 N. Clark St., Andersonville
Challenge Companions: Andersonville Chamber of Commerce & Particular Service Space #22

3410 N. Lincoln Ave., Lakeview
Challenge Companions: West Lakeview Chamber of Commerce & the Mates of Lakeview

The Low Line connects Lakeview’s distinctive sub-districts by reenvisioning the half-mile area beneath the CTA ‘L’ tracks between Southport and Lincoln Avenues as an artwork vacation spot. Our funding will fund a small artwork wall alongside the walkway, which is able to in the end play host to rotating artwork reveals, creating an outside gallery.