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.
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 +
Britni Mara +
Yoga Body Elements Studio
Andy Bellamo +
Molly Zakrajsek +
Klein’s Bakery & Cafe
Alejandra Rivero +
Suzanne Stewart +
First Sip Café