24 Outdoor Murals You Can Find in Chicago’s Suburbs

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We all know the city has amazing murals and street art, but did you know the suburbs also offer great options for outdoor art as well? Grab your phone and get ready to check out these Insta-worthy spots outside the city.

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North/Northwest Suburbs

 

Angel Wings

 

 

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Artist: Kelsey Montague

 

Where: Mellody Farms, 851-1101 Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills (Side of SolidCore)

 

Don’t be afraid to pose with your little ones here. Adult and mini-sized wings are there for capturing the perfect Insta-worthy shot.

 

Things to Come

 

Artist: Tristan Eaton

 

Where: Mellody Farms, 851-1101 Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills (By Nordstrom Rack)

 

This mural pays tribute to Mercury, the Roman god of merchants and trade, perfect for the shopping center … and selfies.

 

Eye Candy

 

 

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Artist: Anthony Lewellen

 

Where: Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills

 

You’ll want to don your sunglasses too at this huge mural placed on the side of the building.

 

Now & Forever

 

 

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Artist: Ruben Rojas

 

Where: Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills

 

It’s hard to miss the 5,000-square-foot mural spreading all the love, which is especially needed in 2020.

 

Travel and Flight

 

 

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Artist: Shawn Bullen

 

Where: Centrum Evanston, 1590 Elmwood Avenue, Evanston

 

All aboard! Snap a selfie by this Metra wall in downtown Evanston. Can you find the hidden word in the mural?

 

Native Botanicals

 

 

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Artist: Louise Jones “Ouizi”

 

Where: 1233 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

 

Who wouldn’t want to stop and smell the pretty flowers here?

 

100 Years of Girl Scouts

 

 

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Artist: Cheri Lee Charlton

 

Where: At Lake Street Metra/CTA underpass at Sherman Avenue, Evanston

 

The artist partnered up with the Evanston Girl Scouts and worked with more than 200 girls! Look closely at the mural and spot the Girl Scout cookies. Getting hungry, yet?

 

Typewriter

 

 

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Artist: WrdSmth

 

Where: Al’s Cycle Shop, 8118 Lincoln Ave., Skokie

 

Let the typewriter’s message give you inspiration for the day. Tip: Another of WrdSmth’s murals can be also be found Skokie at Euro Echo Cafe, 7919 Lincoln Ave.

 

Skokie Theatre

 

 

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Artist: Sick Fisher

 

Where: 7924 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie

 

This mural takes up the entire 3200-square-foot wall of the Skokie Theatre is an ode to the arts performed at the theatre itself.

 

Lauren Asta Mural

 

 

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Artist: Lauren Asta

 

Where: 4517 Oakton St., Skokie

 

Doodles come to life in this amazing black and white mural. Can you believe this artist free hands all her murals? Simply amazing.

 

Las Raices del alma (Roots of the Soul)

 

 

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Artist: Melina Scotte

 

Where: 200 E. Chicago St., Elgin

 

Located on the main level of a parking garage, this mural represents the culture and traditions that are acquired and passed down to the next generation. Don’t miss a stop at the super sweet candy store all decked out in pink, Cook’s Sweet Boutique.

 

Which Way

 

 

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Artist: Joanna White

 

Where: 45 Symphony Way, Elgin

 

These hands will guide you to the Hemmens Cultural Center or downtown Elgin. Either way, more art is waiting to be explored. Tip: While you’re here you must explore the rest of Downtown Elgin with this self-guided art walk.

 

Keep Looking Up

 

 

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Artist: Unknown

 

Where: 35 Main Street, Lake Zurich

 

If this doesn’t lift your spirits, I don’t know what will. Okay, maybe this along with a sweet treat from the ice cream shop, My Flavor It Place, a few doors down.

 

South Suburbs

 

Butterfly Wings

 

 

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Artist: Victoria L. Lantz

 

Where: 12213 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights

 

Because who can get enough of butterfly wings?

 

Greenhouse

 

 

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Artist: Richard Haas

 

Where: 18064 Martin Avenue, Homewood

 

You’ll do a double take once you see the Homewood mural painted to feel like it’s popping out. Tip: Find more Richard Haas murals at visitchicagosouthland.com.

 

Angel Wings

 

 

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Artist: Oscar Aguirre

 

Where: Wings Dance Studio, 940 N. State St., Lockport

 

Who can resist posing with pretty purple wings and an uplifting message?

 

Western Suburbs

 

Hope Wings

 

 

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Artist: Sam Cervantes

 

Where: Side of La France Bakery, 118 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora

 

Grab a concha at La France Bakery, then head to the side for a selfie with these extra large wings.

 

Herons

 

 

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Artist: Bunnie Reiss

 

Where: Fox River Trail/New York Street underpass, Aurora

 

Fuel up with coffee from Endiro Coffee and head down by the river. These colorful herons beckon visitors for a pose. Ready to go on a self-guided mural walk through downtown Aurora? Come follow along.

 

Frida Kahlo

 

 

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Artist: Geoff Bevington

 

Where: 449 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn

 

Although the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art has been postponed until next summer, the mural was painted earlier to jumpstart the celebration of art.

 

Yorktown Butterfly

 

 

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Artist: Kelsey Montague

 

Where: Yorktown Mall at Highland Avenue, Lombard

 

Obsessed with taking pics with wings? Well, head to Yorktown to find more of Kelsey Montague’s wings, but in butterfly form.

 

World’s Greatest Artists

 

 

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Artist: Created by Mike Venezia; painted by Marianne Lisson Kuhn

 

Where: Naperville Art League Building, 508 N. Naperville St., Naperville

 

Find 32 famous artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Georgia O’Keefe, and Michelangelo painting their own masterpieces on this 67-foot-wide mural.

 

Come Blow Your Horn

 

 

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Artist: Zenia McBride and Gayle Picerno Prior

 

Where: 703 W. Hillgrove Ave., LaGrange

 

Looking for inspiration? With messages displaying written like “Be Kind” and “Loved”, this mural has all the good vibe feels.

 

Believe There Is Good in The World

 

 

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Artist: Zenia McBride and Gayle Picerno Prior

 

Where: 729 W. Hillgrove Ave., LaGrange

 

Pick three of your favorite people and take a pic at each of the three angel wings that grace this colorful wall.

 

Welcoming Arbor

 

Artist: Katie Farley and students

 

Where: 919 W. Hillgrove Ave., La Grange

 

Selected as a winning artist in 2018, 8th grader Katie Farley’s submission comes to life in this floral mural that conveys community, peace, beauty.

 


 

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