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Prominent Logan Square Wall Gets New Look

By Paul Biasco | July 30, 2015 7:23am
 A new mural on one of the neighborhood's most visible walls from the Blue Line popped up over the weekend, replacing a previous one that had been up for five years.
A new mural on one of the neighborhood's most visible walls from the Blue Line popped up over the weekend, replacing a previous one that had been up for five years.
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LOGAN SQUARE — After five years, one of the most visible walls in Logan Square has a fresh new look.

Over the weekend more than 100 people from the neighborhood came out to help repaint a new mural on the expansive community wall at Medill and Milwaukee Avenues.

The wall, which is highly visible from the "L," has been part of an ongoing project that has built a relationship with the graffiti community and neighborhood.

For five years AnySquared, a Logan Square-based art collaborative, and ABC (Artistic Bombing Crew) had maintained the wall's old design.

On Sunday, after raising $800 from local businesses and friends, they invited the community to come out and paint the prominent new mural.

 About 100 people came out over the weekend to help paint the mural.
About 100 people came out over the weekend to help paint the mural.
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"It was made by the neighborhood," said Tracy Kostenbader of AnySquared. "There's little kid paintings all along the bottom and goofy paintings in the windows."

AnySquared put up the original mural facing the "L" in 2011 and shortly after, ABC, one of the oldest graffiti art crews in Chicago, began organizing rotations of artists on the main and alley walls to accompany the main mural.

Those walls are part of Project Logan, an ongoing permission wall project, seeking to bring art to the masses along the "L" lines of Chicago.

A number of neighborhood businesses helped make the project happen including: Cole’s Bar, Cafe Mustache, Temple of the Dog, Hairitics, Hyman Interiors, Radler, Bucket O’ Blood, Threads Etc, East Room, Boiler Room, Art+Science and artists Nino Rodriguez, Lucky Gnome and Rita Garcia Sindelar.

"We are trying to have a positive thing with all the things going on in the neighborhood," Kostenbader said. "We don't know how long we are going to be here. We are hanging on."

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