"Before" the InstallationDevelop a Lower Lake Shore Drive Improvement Plan

Navy Pier, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), and SOAR are working together on a plan to improve the underpass of lower Lake Shore Drive at Grand Avenue.

Until now, this area, a key gateway into Streeterville and Navy Pier, has been dark and less than inviting.  Heavily used by vehicles as well as functioning as a key pedestrian walkway for those going from Navy Pier to the Magnificent Mile, this area was in desperate need of improvement.

Shepard Fairey Mural Installation (April, 2011)In April 2011 a new mural was installed.  Created by renowned American contemporary artist Shepard Fairey, this giant poster mural is the first piece of artwork to be installed as part of the Navy Pier Walk 2011 public art exhibition and will remain installed through October, 2011.

Shepard Fairey, a street artist, is probably best known for the "Hope" poster created for Barack Obama for the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign.

The giant “Obey” album cover-style imagery, measuring 130’ by 10’, is "printed on standard copy paper using an oversized blueprint printer, and is applied to the surface of the viaduct with standard wall paper glue."  A water-based, protective coat was applied to the artwork after installation to protect it from weather and graffiti.

SOAR is continuing its efforts to have a more permanent installation at this site.  If you are interested in more information or are interested in participating in this initiative, please contact SOAR's Real Estate Committee.