Shuttered South Shore Bank to Be Spruced Up With Murals
The shuttered Urban Partnership Bank building in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood will become a canvas for artists until it is redeveloped. The art installations are part of a partnership with The Neighborhood Foundation, a local nonprofit that helps improve vacant buildings with public art. The organization plans to paint a tableau of the neighborhood’s landmarks on the building's boarded up windows, including a bike trail and southbound train. The bank closed on March 22 and many community groups expressed interest in using art to beautify the building. Urban Partnership spokesman Brian Berg said the bank liked the idea. “We wished it had been done sooner, but it was part of our plan all along,” he said.