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Edgewater Reconnects Through Art With 20+ Pop-Up Outdoor Installations

Cristina Vanko’s art outside Raven Theatre

With limited travel throughout Chicago and the entire nation, it has become a struggle to connect with the world outside our homes. A new Edgewater program however aims to entice people to venture back outside and into the neighborhood to appreciate both art and the community in which we live.

Reflections: An Edgewater Art Experience, an interactive walking tour which guides participants throughout the community with the goal of seeking out fresh art by a smorgasbord of talented artists. The creative series started on Sept. 28 and will run through Oct.31.

Reflections consists of more than 20 artworks that bring life along some of Edgewater’s more travelled sidewalks on Broadway, Bryn Mawr, Clark, Granville and Thorndale. A self-guided map will lead viewers on a journey to discover the pieces and highlight the area’s small businesses, theaters, and available properties.

The program is a collaboration between the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce (ECC) and existing art initiatives supported by the Lytle House, Urban Art Restart, Paint the City, the Chicago Mosaic School, and the 48th Ward. By coming together to promote both creativity and community, Reflections also encourages residents to rediscover existing art installations on top of the new works.

“Without the ability to produce events for the neighborhood as in past years, we wanted to create a program that brought people outdoors to explore Edgewater in a new way,” said ECC Executive Director Christina Pfitzinger in a statement. “The power of art is that it brings together the unique voices of the community as evident in these pieces which range from solemn to celebratory. We hope that participants will discover places they may have overlooked and take a moment to reflect.”

The works encompass a range of styles including painted windows created by Ryan Tova KatzMake & Co., and Barrett Brand. Taking inspiration from the businesses that their artwork adorns, these pieces showcase hope, empowerment and the vibrancy of the surrounding neighborhood.

Each piece in the initiative will contain a QR code that participants can scan with their phone in order to view information about the art, artist, and participation location. The program is free and open to the public, though donations options are available to three of the organizers: The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Urban Art Restart, and Paint the City.

View the walking map here!

Watch a video about Reflections: An Edgewater Art Experience here!


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