I don't know where in the world you are, but over the weekend in Chicago it was sixty degrees fahrenheit (about 16 degrees celsius). Everything school related was irrelevant and all that mattered was getting out into the city to do some much needed exploring. The only downfall of the day was reminding ourselves that the weather was not going to last and it was still only FEBRUARY. It is not spring yet. Cannot get the spring jitters just yet.
A few friends and I decided to feed our souls (with donuts. lots and lots of donuts) and set out to try and find as many of the insta-famous murals in Chicago as we could in one day. Some were a bust, others were just to far to do all in one day on public transportation, and others were beyond amazing in person.
One of the Stan's Donuts locations at the Damen Blue Line stop in Wicker Park. I got a blueberry donut and it was heaven.
The Flamingo wall is probably one of Chicago's most instagramed and well known murals. You are definitely not going to be alone when stop by this wall so be prepared to share the space and wait for a photo-op.
Painted By: JC Rivera and Andrew Ghrist
Location: 601 N Wells St
Closest CTA: Blue Line Clark & Lake or Red Line Grand
Level of Difficulty: 3/5
The side walk is not very wide and there is a parking lane next to the curb. It is a hit or miss if there will be cars in the way. To have enough space to take a photo with the flamingo in the photo (like the photo on the right), you have to stand in the road. There are three lanes of traffic driving by so be careful as you time your photoshoot with the red lights. The cars are coming off the expressway into the city and can be a bit speedy if they catch the green light coming in.
Best Time To Go: The best time to go (currently) is mid-afternoon about three-four hours before sunset. The sun will be starting to set in-front of the Flamingo Wall and the taller buildings in-front of it will block the sun. An overcast day is just as good as a sunny day to photograph, as well.
It is another hot spot an popular mural in Chicago so don't be surprised if you see a few people hanging out here on a nice day.
Painted By: Victor Ving and Lisa Biggs
Location: 2236 N Milwaukee Ave
Closest CTA: Blue Line California
Level of Difficulty: 1/5
This mural is about three blocks off ofd the California stop outside of Logan Square. It is in an empty gravel parking lot with loads of space to photography and take your time in the process.
Best Time To Go: The best time to go is early morning. The sun won't be as harsh and it will be facing the mural so the shadows are behind you. (we got there way to late in the day but still had fun with it). Overcast days are great days to photograph, too!
Let me know what you think of the mural photos and if you want to see more.
xx A Traveler's Bliss
(hey - hey you. click the bliss above... do it.)