Public Art & Mural Program

Together, the Ravenswood Community Council, Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, and SSA #31 have brought a variety of permanent and temporary works of public art to to our neighborhood. Projects funded, organized, or supported by our organizations include murals, sculptures, textile installations, community landmarks, mosaics, and other creative works.

Ravenswood Sculpture Garden

Established in 2021 by the Ravenswood Community Council, Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, and Special Service Area #31, the Ravenswood Sculpture Garden celebrates our community’s rich history of arts and industry.

Chicago’s newest public art destination is now home to more than ten sculptures, including a few “guerilla” contributions. This magical attraction pays homage to Ravenswood’s creative spirit, delights its residents, and draws visitors to local small businesses. All of the sculptures are located along Ravenswood Ave, between Lawrence Ave and Irving Park Rd. Click here to learn more and plan your visit.

Aside from the Ravenswood Sculpture Garden, SSA#31 encourages the creation of and care for public mural in our community. SSA-sponsored mural currently on display in Ravenswood include: A Squirrel Named Penelope by John Airo, Never More by Yolanda Pilch, and We All Live Here by Rich Alapack.

On View: Public Art in Ravenswood

While not comprehensive, this is as thorough a list of public art in Ravenswood as you’ll find. If you have information about a piece not listed here, please contact gene@ravenswoodchicago.org. Note: not all of the below works were funded by SSA#31. This is a representation of the public art collection in the greater Ravenswood community.

A Squirrel Named Penelope

Created by: John Airo
Mural
Located at Celtica Gifts, 1940 W Montrose Ave

Apocalypse Boy Takes the World

Created by: Rachel Nurmi
Mural
Located at Chicago's Pizza, 1919 W Montrose Ave

Blessed

Created by: Sentrock
Mural
Located at Badabing Wings, 4754 N Clark St

Blind Love

Created by: John Airo
Sculpture
Located at Ravenswood Ave and Berteau Ave, SE corner (east side of the tracks)

Community

Created by: Jamie Lynn Porto
Mosaic
Located at Located at Damen Ave and Leland Ave, NE corner

Flight of the Honey Bee

Created by: Ross and Elizabeth Fiersten (Manifold)
Sculpture
Located at Ravenswood Ave and Montrose Ave, SW corner (west side of the tracks)

Frog & Toad

Created by: Bill Carroll
Sculpture
Located at Ravenswood Ave and Wilson Ave, SE corner (west side of the tracks)

International Architect

Created by: John Himmelfarb
Sculpture
Located at Ravenswood Ave and Montrose Ave, SE corner (east side of the tracks)

Long Room

Created by: Justus Roe
Mural
Located at The Long Room, 1612 W Irving Park Rd

Musical Message

Created by: Ravenswood Elementary School Engineering Club
Sculpture
Located at Ravenswood Ave and Montrose Ave, NE corner (west side of the tracks)

Nesting Loft

Created by: Margaret Lanterman
Sculpture
Located at Ravenswood Ave just north of Berteau Ave (west side of the tracks)

Never More

Created by: Yola Pilch
Mural
Located at River Vallery Market, 1820 W Wilson Ave

Oak Leaf Shade Bench II

Created by: Jim Gallucci
Sculpture
Located at The Deagan Building, 1770 W Berteau Ave

Pino, A Habitat Tree

Created by: Emily Moorhead-Wallace, Janet Austin
Sculpture
Located at Urban Pooch, 4501 N Ravenswood Ave

Ravenswood Towers

Created by: Beyond Design
Located at Ravenswood Ave and Irving Park Rd, NE corner (west side of the tracks)

Seed

Created by: Brandin Hurley
Sculpture
Located at Ravenswood Ave and Leland Ave, NE corner (east side of the tracks)

Subterranean Figure

Created by: Will Vannerson
Sculpture
Located at Ravenswood Ave and Lawrence Ave, SW corner (west side of the tracks)

We All Live Here

Created by: Rich Alapack
Mural
Located at Quantum LEEP Academy, 1447 W Montrose Ave

Public Artwork Locations in Ravenswood

Request for Proposals: Artist + Property Owner Opportunities

The Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce and Ravenswood Community Council are dedicated to supporting local artists and increasing opportunities for artists in our community. If you’re considering a public art project in our neighborhood, we’re here to help! Contact GRCC Associate Director Gene Wagendorf III to talk about your project.

If you’re a property owner interested in installing art or murals on a blank wall, please complete our interest form for property owners here.

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