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This event is presented by Uptown United, a 501(c)3 non-profit serving the Uptown neighborhood.
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Join us Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2 for the Uptown Art Weekend!  This FREE event features over 100 pieces of public art including new works going up on walls around the neighborhood, art exhibits being hosted by local businesses, live paintings, and interactive art activities for all ages.  You can use our interactive map to do a self-guided tour around Uptown.  Each stop on the map is complete with photos and information which you can find by clicking on each icon.  See below for an explanation of each of the map’s icons.


Click here for the interactive map!
Are we missing any public art in Uptown?  Let us know!


We encourage all participants to wear a mask and remain socially distant while enjoying all of the public art Uptown has to offer!  Click here for a reminder on the steps you should take to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.   This event has been designed to spread participants out over various parts of the neighborhood during each of the three days so that our neighbors and visitors can safely enjoy the artwork without gathering in crowds.

Highlights include:

LIVE MURAL & ART INSTALLATIONS:  Each stop is noted with a green paint palette icon on the map above.  

  • Molly Z: Grow and Flow
  • Heart & Bone: I Will, We Will
  • Brett Whitacre: Buena Park
  • Shannon Kay: Community
  • Mitch Reardon: Patterns
  • Liz Flores: Team
  • Bojitt: Out of Many, One
  • SmithGroup:  Uptown United is HERE!
  • Daniel Wilson
  • Rodney Duran

LOCAL BUSINESS/ORGANIZATION EXHIBITS:  Each stop is noted with a blue UP icon on the map above. 

  • Big Chicks – Tweet Let’s Eat
  • Buttercup Park Uptown
  • Chicago Market
  • Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Everybody’s Coffee / Wilson Abbey
  • Fist Sip Cafe
  • Graceland Cemetery & Arboretum
  • HackHaus
  • Haitian American Museum of Chicago
  • Hearthstone & Terrace
  • Human Citizen Workplace
  • JASC – Japanese American Service Committee
  • Larry’s at The Lawrence House / FLATS
  • Mind Body Defense
  • Spoil Me Hair Salon & Spa
  • The Admiral at the Lake
  • TimeLine Theatre Company
  • Uptown Arcade
  • Voice of the People
  • Yoga Body Elements Studio

INTERACTIVE ART:  Each stop is located with a purple diamond icon on the map above.  

  • I SPY kid-friendly route & printout – click here!
  • Chalk Art @ Sunnyside Mall (Malden & Sunnyside) – SATURDAY 8/1 ONLY (11am-2pm) – Join us in creating a beautiful street Mandala.
  • COVID Grief Fence @ JUSTembrace (4942 N. Kenmore) – Stop by to reflect and write a message on one of the 2700 white ribbons representing the lives lost due to COVID-19 in Chicago.

BLACK LIVES MATTER ARTWORK:  Each stop is noted with a black heart icon on the map above. 
A number of local artists have created works of art centered around the themes of Black Lives Matter and inclusivity.

EXISTING PUBLIC ARTWORK:  Each stop is noted with an orange star icon on the map above.
Here’s your chance to learn about that piece of public art that you pass by all the time without knowing the meaning behind it.

RESIDENTIAL ARTWORK:  Each stop is noted with a red house icon on the map above.
We’re lucky to have artists of all types that call Uptown home.  Check out just a few who have artwork set-up in front of their residences.


Click here for SPONSORSHIP details.
Contact Greg Carroll at greg@nullexploreuptown.org with any questions.





Buttercup Park Advisory Council
City Grange
Human Citizen Workplace
Sunnyside Mall
Terry Tuohy


This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.