The Graffiti Garden: A Street Art Walk & Talk - Atlas Obscura

Chicago, Illinois

The Graffiti Garden: A Street Art Walk & Talk

Join artist Stephanie Garland to experience this collection of more than 70 vibrant outdoor murals.

Walk alongside Chicago artist Stephanie Garland (aka Steff Skills), as we walk through a public gallery of murals along the street level walls running from Sawyer to Central Park Avenues.

On this 90 minute walking tour, she'll highlight the behind-the-scenes process of curating a collective of more than 70 emerging and established artists, both local and international, representing a wide range of styles and regional approaches.

Since the 1980’s, the embankment walls along Bloomingdale Ave. on Chicago’s near north side have been painted by various Chicago street art crews. Many of these crews formed and created their public (and sometimes fleeting) art to promote positive messages and help build a strong sense of community pride.

In 2015, to coincide with the opening of The 606 and to celebrate it as a “Living Work of Art,” Stephanie known for her "wildstyle" graffiti art techniques and images with a strong feminist bent — was hired to curate a large group of artists to create the Graffiti Garden.

Stephanie will share the stories behind different artists’ works, such as those by Max Sensing, FLASH, Trixter, Pengo, Statik and others. She'll also walk us through various graphic motifs and the specific and amazingly diverse modes of lettering employed by the artists. This promises to be an engaging afternoon that will increase your knowledge of and appreciation for some of Chicago’s best street art.


Meet Field Agent Bonnie Tawse in front of the Kimball Arts Center at 1757 N. Kimball Avenue, just south of the viaduct and The 606.


  • There is street parking on Kimball Ave. and the #82 Kimball-Homan bus stops in front of the Kimball Arts Center.
  • If you wish to walk, bike or roll on The 606 to get to the event, you’ll exit at the Spaulding ramp and head west towards Kimball on Bloomingdale Ave.
  • The event will run rain or shine. Be sure to check the weather! If it’s raining, bring an umbrella, if it’s sunny, wear a hat, sunglasses and/or sunscreen.
  • This tour is open to all ages but it does involve a mix of walking, standing, stopping and listening in an outdoor setting.
  • The event is ADA accessible.
  • Wear your walking shoes and bring your camera!
  • This ticket is not refundable, but you can transfer it to someone else by using this handy Eventbrite tutorial.


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