Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) loves Public Art in all its forms. We have conducted yarn bombings on Howard Street and Clark Street and have worked with amazing local, national and international artists to produce murals and sculptures throughout Rogers Park. We believe that Public Art is powerful and has the potential to change a neighborhood. A study conducted in 2012 by The Knight Foundation’s Soul of the Community initiative surveyed 43,000 people in 43 cities and found that “social offerings, openness and welcome-ness,” and, importantly, the “aesthetics of a place – its art, parks, and green spaces,” ranked higher than education, safety, and the local economy as a “driver of attachment” to choosing a place to live and open a business. Below is a list of our Public Art initiatives and projects.
We are proud to commemorate the City of Chicago Year of Public Art with our very own Public Art in Rogers Park digital map. The map lists all the public art initiatives and projects in our community and includes 75 pieces. Projects included in the map: Mile of Murals project, 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting, Howard Street Special Service Area #19 Mural Art Initiative Program, Loyola University and other projects that have popped up overnight by artists or other initiatives. We also have a couple of walking tour suggestions. You can view the walking tour map and information here.