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The Colorventurer’s Guide: All the Best Murals to See in Chicago

You *need* to check out all of these amazingly colorful murals in Chicago!

One of my favorite things about traveling to new places is seeing all of the local art, especially murals. Walls and murals give you a glimpse into the culture of the city and the people who live there. Plus, what’s more fun than searching for murals?! Not only do you get to find some of the prettiest and most colorful walls, but you get to explore parts of the city you might have otherwise missed!

I had a blast exploring Chicago to scout out all of the best murals, and as a color lover, I was obsessed with how fun and vibrant all of these murals were! While this in no way covers all of the amazing murals in the Windy City, these are definitely my faves! So, without further ado, consider this your official mural guide to Chicago!

Greetings From Chicago Mural

If you go visit Chicago and don’t go to the “Greetings From Chicago” mural, were you even there? This is a definite must for your Chicago mural tour! The postcard-inspired style of this mural makes it all the more fun, and if you look closely at all of the letters, you’ll find some of Chicago’s highlights within them, like the Willis Tower, Chicago Cubs, and deep-dish pizza!

Location: 2236 N. Milwaukee Avenue // Artists: Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs

Flamingo Rum Club Mural

If a mural was ever a fiesta, this would be it because this mural is so fun! This Cuban-themed club’s exterior showcases enormous hot pink flamingos and tropical palms, making it the perfect backdrop for a cute travel picture. This mural was easily my favorite one of them all—I mean, just look at how fun it is!

Location: 601 N. Wells Street // Artists: JCRivera and Andrew Ghrist

Sunshine Mural

Here comes the sun with this bright, sunshine-filled mural. Vibrant and full of colorful flowers, this wall will instantly boost your mood. I definitely loved taking a travel photo at this mural!

Location: 2115 S. Hamlin Avenue // Artist: Luis Raúl

Butterfly Mural

This totally groovy butterfly mural is insanely fun. Filled with all the colors of the rainbow, this mural is perfect to match your OOTD with.

Location: 2912 N. Milwaukee Avenue // Artist: James Jankowiak

Happy Garage Mural

If this rainbow burst of color doesn’t bring a smile to your face, I don’t know what will. This cheery work of art is the must-see mural for any color lover. The cute hearts with adorable little faces filled my heart with such joy, I couldn’t help but jump with the glee of a 5-year-old.

Location: Ravenswood Avenue and Winona Street // Artist: Chris Uphues

Heart Emoji Wall

This bright and colorful heart explosion may be on a garage, but it’s perfect for that cute pose with your S.O. or sending some love back home to your friends.

Location: 1820 W. Webster Avenue // Artist: Erica Chan

Honey Bears Mural

These sweet, little honey bears are un-bear-ably cute. (Bad pun, I know!) My personal favorite is the one dressed up as a Chicago Cubs player. Isn’t he just adorable?! This mural was created by one of my favorite muralists whose work I always seem to love no matter what city I stumble upon it in. Be a honey and make sure to add this one to your mural tour! (Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the bad puns.)

Location: 910 W. Chicago Avenue // Artist: fnnch

Pizza Wings Mural

Who doesn’t love pizza? Well, after seeing this mural, you’re going to love it even more now that you can take an awesome picture with pizza wings as a cool backdrop. I know I sure did. While you’re at it, make sure to stop for a slice of delicious pizza at Parlor Pizza, which is the home to this mural!

Location: 108 N. Green St. // Artist: JCRivera

Blossom Mural

In my opinion, this mural is definitely one of the prettiest on the list with its bright and colorful flowers. It’s just absolutely gorgeous, so make sure to take a picture at this one!

Location: 3637 N. Southport Avenue // Artist: Louise Jones

Love You Wall

Love is in the air again with this mural! Pretty and pink, this sweet mural calls for a picture with hand heart. Don’t you agree?

Location: 1401 West Wabansia // Artists: Merlot and Zach Rockstad

Genie Mural

Aladdin has always been one of my favorite Disney movies. I mean, you’ve got to love Genie—you ain’t never had a friend like him! Did you know that Robin Williams, the actor who voiced Genie, was born in Chicago? The late actor is painted in black and white while surrounded by laughing genies. If you’re a Disney fan, make sure to check this mural out.

Location: 2051 N. Milwaukee Avenue // Artists: Jerkface and Owen Dippie

Rainbow Crosswalks

The Boystown neighborhood in Chicago installed these fantastic crosswalks just in time for Pride Month last year. There are a total of 14 rainbow crosswalks along North Halsted Street between Bradley Place and Melrose Avenue. Thirteen of them have the colors of the rainbow, while the crosswalk at Melrose has the pink, white, and blue colors of the transgender flag. You’ll have to see these crosswalks in person to see just how incredible they are.

Location: Boystown // Artists: Sandra Antongiorgi, Andy Bellomo, and Sam Kirk

I hope you enjoyed this list of the best murals and walls in Chicago as much as I did!

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