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Mural Community Paint Day Offers Residents a Chance to Make Their Mark

  The mural planned for the underpass at Elston and Forest Glen avenues will depict the four seasons.
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FOREST GLEN — People handy with a paintbrush can lend a hand Saturday as work starts on a new mural planned for Forest Glen.

Designed by Cyd Smillie of Arts Alive Chicago, the mural underneath the Metra tracks at Elston and Forest Glen avenues will depict the nature-rich area in all of its glory through winter, spring, summer and fall.

Volunteers who sign up for one of the one-hour shifts will be given a cup of paint to fill in areas already outlined by Smillie and other artists, organizers with the Forest Glen Community Club said.

The new artwork will replace a faded mural along both the north and south sides of the underpass, and brighten one of the main gateways into the community, which is tucked between two expressways and the Milwaukee District North Metra Line.

The community group has already raised more than half of the $12,000 cost of the mural, according to its website.

Volunteers should wear hats, closed-toe shoes, clothes suitable for painting and bring sunscreen and bug repellant, lip balm and water.

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