Photography

Fulton Market, Hubbard Street

I gripe a lot about how fast the West Loop is changing, but if it means more cool street art projects like this it's not all bad.

I took advantage of some good light one afternoon before the new year to poke around Fulton Market. This building used to be an Italian restaurant called La Borsa, if I recall. There are signs on the fence advertising a new condo development next year, of course, but at least for now it’s covered with some dope murals.

This was the O in a string of pieces spelling Chicago (too wide to get in one shot).

A few blocks away are the Hubbard Street murals, about five blocks of street art along the sides of the Metra train viaduct. I’ve taken photos there a couple of times in the past few years and I feel like I could spend all day there.

Now a new project called the B_Line is revamping the murals and putting up new pieces along Hubbard Street. The Reader has a great piece this month about the new project and some history of the murals. I had no idea they’ve been there for almost 50 years! I gripe a lot about how fast the West Loop and the Fulton Market area in particular are changing, but if it means more cool street art projects like this it’s not all bad.