Chicago – Wabash Arts Corridor Guide

If you’ve followed along here for a while you will know that I have a love for street art. So during my, time in Chicago trying to do slightly more alternative activities like riding the 606, and visiting gemstone stores, I decided that the Wabash Arts Corridor was on my list of must-sees.

JACOB WATTS- Moose Bubblegum Bubble
 33 E. Congress
JACOB WATTS- Moose Bubblegum Bubble
33 E. Congress

The Wabash Arts Corridor is Chicago’s urban canvas in the heart of the South Loop neighbourhood. There are 37+ giant pieces of artwork and that is ever-growing with new projects. I wish I had time to stop and find them all but alas, with only a few hours spare in Chicago I only walked a small section.

RUBEN AGUIRRE
 Drowning City
 501 & 525 S. Wabash
LADY LUCX & SARAH STEWART- Untitled
525 S. Wabash

What surprised me was that most of these giant pieces of artwork felt like they just belonged. They were not always on eye level you had to look for them. Art that was almost hidden in plain sight. The Chicago Wabash Arts Corridor was one of the most unique displays of street art I have seen in a city.

HEIDI UNKEFER - Slime Mountain
 623 S. Wabash Street art Chicago
HEIDI UNKEFER – Slime Mountain
623 S. Wabash

The Wabash Arts Corridor has a really good map that you can follow, it tells you were to find each giant artwork and it also tells you where to stand to get the best view. Obviously, I didn’t discover this fact until I had hunted out a dozen artworks and stood at the wrong angle for my photographs. I wasn’t too bothered though, I just enjoyed walking down Wabash and hunting them out.

RUBEN AGUIRRE
 Drowning City
 501 & 525 S. Wabash
RUBEN AGUIRRE – Drowning City
501 & 525 S. Wabash
Ben Eine - Harmony 
East facing wall 525 S. State Street
Ben EineHarmony
East facing wall 525 S. State Street 
Street art Chicago
my exploding head graffiti
JJ MCLUCKIE – My Exploding Head
600 S. Michigan

I thoroughly enjoyed walking the Wabash Arts Corridor in Chicago, it was a great way to spend a few hours. I would actually love to go back and see what other pieces of artwork have been commissioned. This is your friendly reminder to look up, look away from your phone and see what art is out there. You do not have to go to a gallery and pay to see works of art. You can look around you, it is free and open to the public all day every day.

I have spotted street art here in the UK in Blackpool which was a pleasant surprise as Blackpool is a seaside town. Also in Sheffield slightly closer to home, there is a selection of rapidly expanding street art.

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