Although I have only lived in the city for 8 months, I have noticed that Chicago has tons of beautiful secrets painted on the sides of brick buildings. The independent art scene is so alive in Chicago, but I think sometimes people don’t take the time to appreciate it. The first time I was introduced to random street art (some people deem it graffiti) is during Discover week at the beginning of the school year. Joe, the professor of my jazz class, took us all to Pilsen to experience Latino culture and, naturally, eat churros. The art on the side of the building is so much more than graffiti. I feel like Chicago has these little pockets of art that people forget to take the time and appreciate.
Right off the green line is Brach's Candy Factory. It is the text book definition of abandoned. It sounds scary because it is. I can’t promise that you will come back alive or with all of your organs, but the art that has been spray painted on the inside of the factory is mind blowing. Go check it out for yourself if you dare, or live vicariously through this photo.
The thing about Chicago, or any city for that matter, is that you never know what you’re going to run into during your seemingly normal routine. THAT’S WHAT MAKES IT EXCITING. Daily routines become mundane and blah and there is no escaping it, but seeing beautiful art on the street makes me realize why I chose Chicago as my home. It is an artistic, ever changing, inspiring, surprising place with new things around every corner- if you are willing to take the time and look.