Suburban murals

in the west + far west suburbs of Chicago

It goes without saying that art has a significant impact on our mental health and mood. Don't argue with me. It's science.

Because of that, Stay + Play Local wanted to scope out several interesting and awe-inspiring murals in the west + far west suburbs of Chicago. 

 

Visit these public pieces of art. Learn the story behind it. Soak them in. Enjoy them.  If you also happen to take a dope #MuralSelfie, hey - that's an added bonus!

If you head out to visit any of these murals, be sure to tag @StayAndPlay.TriCities in your adventures so we can live vicariously through you!

Shout out to the St. Charles Arts Council and Naperville Century Walk for their assistance in this project! Photo credit for many of these goes out to them!

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CLASSIC CARS ON CEDAR

ST. CHARLES | 1st Street Parking Deck 

Found on every level on the north and east side of the garage

POTTAWATOMIE PARK CIRCA 1895

ST. CHARLES | 200 South 2nd Street

Found on the side wall of Francesca's Restaurant

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FOX AND BLUE HERON

ST. CHARLES | Corner of Riverside Avenue and E. Main Street

Found on side wall of Smitty's

PUB 222 COURTYARD

ST. CHARLES | 222 West Main Street

Found on the interior wall of Pub 222's courtyard

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JALEPENO GRILL

ST. CHARLES | 620 Geneva Road

Privately commissioned, the owners of this building hired local artist, Joseph Gagnepain, to complete this traditional Mexican mural.

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FIND BEAUTY IN EVERYDAY

ST. CHARLES | 13 S. 2nd Street

Found on the wall of HM Hair Bar, Brett Whitacre is a self-taught artist who created this piece to bring beauty to our community through this colorful,  mood-enhancing mural with a positive message.

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DRAGONFLY WINGS

GENEVA | 22 N. 3rd Street

Dragonfly wings on the outside wall; one set for an adult, and one set for a little (kid or pet)!

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FOX VALLEY JEWISH NEIGHBORS MOSAIC

GENEVA | 121 S. 3rd Street

The design includes children’s drawings, Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors history and culture, and Geneva architecture from local artist Danielle Casali.

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ACTIVATE THE ALLEY

BATAVIA | 160 S. Water Street

In honor of their 10-Year Anniversary, Water Street Studios is partnering local artists with 10 local nonprofits to create outdoor, public art murals that illustrate the programs and services that the nonprofit offers back to the community.

Unity Gateway Mural - Aurora

UNITY GATEWAY

AURORA | 210 E. Galena Blvd.

The mural design combines a quilt analogy to show that Aurora is a city of many people and cultures combined together. It also takes elements of art nouveau, Prairie style, and art deco architecture from downtown Aurora such as seen on The Mayan and Keystone buildings.

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BIRDS 

AURORA | Riverwalk under New York Street

Runs the entire length of the pedestrian Riverwalk

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HOPE WINGS AURORA

AURORA | 118 E. Galena Boulevard

Aurora artist Sam Cervantes completed his mural of a large pair of colorful wings in the fall of 2018 representing those that we have loved and lost. #hopewingsaurora

World's Greatest Artists Naperville Mura

WORLD'S GREATEST ARTISTS

NAPERVILLE | 5th Ave. and Center St

67-foot wide, 12-foot tall mural depicts 36 famous artists working on their well-known pieces at the Naperville Art League Building.

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A CITY IN TRANSIT

NAPERVILLE | Chicago Ave. and Washington St.

Mural depicting evolution of travel, including the DuPage River, Old Plank Road, the railroad, and the Lima Lima flight team.

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HEARTLAND HARVEST

NAPERVILLE | Jefferson Ave. and Main St.

Glass tile mosaic featuring the contributions of family farms.

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NAPERVILLE LOVES A PARADE

NAPERVILLE | 223 S. Main Street (alleyway between Gap & Talbot's)

Found in the South alleyway between Gap & Talbot's

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PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY

NAPERVILLE | Chicago Ave. and Main St.

Mural depicting significant people, places and events.

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PARADE OF THE CENTURY

NAPERVILLE | 223 S. Main Street (alleyway between Gap & Talbot's)

Mural shows a parade across time beginning in 1900 (which is in sepia tone) and continuing through the end of the 20th century (where the mural switches to black and white).

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STREAMING HISTORY

NAPERVILLE | Water Street Riverwalk

"Streaming History" depicts activity along the DuPage River, in the surrounding countryside and the center of town, from pre-settlement to the 21st Century.

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THE GREATEST CONCERTO

NAPERVILLE | Central Park Place at Central Park

Mural honoring the Naperville Municipal Band and its fans.

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YORKTOWN CENTER BUTTERFLY

LOMBARD | Yorktown Center (next to Amazing Lash Studio)

The mural is a creative twist on artist Kelsey’s famous angel wings, showcasing a butterfly that represents the transformation of inner-strength and beauty. #YorktownButterfly

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Find more murals in CHICAGO

If you enjoyed the suburban murals, you'll love the Chicago murals Helen has shared in this list!  Click the picture to check them out!

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