Uptown United facilitates public art projects that enliven our streetscape and highlight our unique, inclusive community.


Public Art Grant Program

The Uptown SSA funds a Public Art Grant Program to capture and convey Uptown’s unique identity and sense of place. To be considered, there are several goals that application should strive for:

  • Nurture a pleasant and safe environment for residents, visitors, patrons, and businesses.
  • Celebrate Uptown’s rich history and architectural heritage.
  • Foster a visually attractive urban environment to showcase local establishments.
  • Display the cultural, economic, and historical diversity of Uptown.

Download the Public Art Grant Program Application


Examples of recent public art installations:

Matthew Hoffman “More” mural

Matthew Hoffman “More” mural


Ginny Sykes: East Meets West 


Argyle alley murals

Hebru Brantley Flyboy mural

Roots of Argyle Mural


Roots of Argyle Mural

The Roots of Argyle mural, located on the southwest corner of Winthrop and Argyle Street, is a centennial celebration of the historic movers and shakers along Argyle Street from 1900 to 2000.

A mural by Bro. Mark Elder, cm

Mural location: South-west corner of Winthrop and Argyle Streets, on the side of the Hoa Nam grocery store in Uptown Chicago.

The Roots of Argyle is a centennial celebration of the historic movers and shakers of the community that made up Argyle Street from 1900 to 2000. The artist chose the front doorway façade of the old Essanay Studios on Argyle Street as the main architectural motif of the mural.

The five generation periods are each represented through the doorway façade or “time portal.” The left side of the mural shows a sequence of portals for the time periods 1980–1960, 1960–1940, 1940–1920 and 1920–1900. The center of the mural depicts in a trompe l’oeil (“deceive the eye”) fashion the continuation of the brick building located behind the mural. A large opening in the building reveals a ship similar to one immigrants arrived in coming to the US. A set of three kiosks displays the word “welcome” in the immigrants’ home languages. On the right side of the mural is painted the 2000–1980 portal and to the left is the last portal representing contemporary times and the future.

In each of the six portals, immigrants from the last century pass from their home country into the plaza of Argyle Street history.