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Interactive Map: Walking Tour of Pilsen Graffiti

Pilsen, located on Chicago’s Lower West Side, used to be covered in gang related graffiti.

In order to clean up the neighborhood, Alderman Danny Solis (25th) encouraged artists to create legitimate works, according to a CBS Chicago report.
Solis’ efforts resulted in the 16th street murals, which stretch almost 2 miles.

Anna Rauhoff, a senior at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has studied street art in Chicago and believes that it is a valuable cultural institution in the city.

“Critics have argued that it is formally inadequate; however, it falls outside the traditional cannon of formalism and therefore it cannot be critiqued under the same terms as traditional genres. It liberates artists to express themselves outside of already affirmed institutions. It’s emergence in Chicago is culturally significant for these reasons,” she said.

In this map, I have created a walking tour of the murals that can be found along 16th Street.

Click on the place marks to see photos, locations and descriptions of each piece.


View Location of Pilsen Street Art- Walking Tour in a larger map

Featured photo: Peter Fitzgerald

  • written by Mallory Morales on March 20th, 2013
  • posted in Featured
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