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Edgebrook Mural To Be Completed This Summer, Organizers Say

 What was once a crumbling, graffiti-covered disgrace is now a landmark depicting Edgebrook's history and lush vegetation.
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EDGEBROOK — The final phase of work on a painted and mosaic mural along the western portion of the path under the Metra tracks at Lehigh, Hiawatha and Kinzua avenues will start in July, organizers said.

For the third year in a row, 30 teens will be hired to work on the mural through the city's After School Matters program. They will be supervised by artists from the community and Green Star Movement working to turn the underpass, once a crumbling, graffiti-covered disgrace, into a landmark depicting the area's history and lush vegetation.

Applications for those positions will be available in late April or early May, with work on the mural is set to start in July, said Jac Charlier, a member of the Edgebrook Community Association board of directors, who has been coordinating the five-year-long project.

The second phase of the mural — known as the Neighborhood Connection Project— along the western side of underpass linking Edgebrook, Wildwood and North Edgebrook was completed last summer, with the eastern side of the mural completed in 2013.

Once the two sides of the mural are connected with golden tiles — representing the golden spike that once joined the train tracks across America — it will be the largest public art project on the Far Northwest Side, Charlier said.

Those who are interested in donating to the next phases of the mural can go to greenstarmovement.org or email Charlier at jaccharlier@gmail.com.

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