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Public Art

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 applications 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 Application

Clifton Avenue Street Art Gallery

The Clifton Avenue Street Art Gallery in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood is an outdoor art gallery just steps from the CTA Wilson Station. Partially funded by the Uptown Special Service Area and developed by Uptown United in 2019, the Gallery is a partnership with community members and with artists from all over the globe. It’s a unique street art destination, currently showcasing 100+ murals by 100+ artists – and growing!

Graceland Walls Gallery

The Graceland Walls Gallery is a stunning collection of art. Over 60 artists have painted 4x4 panels live during Uptown Art Week over the past few years. The panels are installed on the east facing wall of Graceland Cemetery (outside the cemetery under the L tracks).

Yard Walls Project

As part of Uptown Art Week 2022 and 2023, the Yard Walls Project paired thirteen women artists with thirteen women business owners in Uptown. Each artist painted a unique mural inspired by the business owner that they were paired with.

Isabella Scott +
Shopping Girl XOXO

Alyssa Low +
Fat Cat Bar

Mary Fedorowski +
Wagnolia Veterinary Clinic

Shannon Kay +
Uptown Lounge

Britni Mara +
Yoga Body Elements Studio

Andy Bellamo +
Big Chicks

Molly Zakrajsek +
Klein’s Bakery & Cafe

Alejandra Rivero +
Tiztal Cafe

Suzanne Stewart +
First Sip Café

Interactive Public Art Map

CLICK HERE for an interactive map to explore works of public art around Uptown.  

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