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Robin Williams Mural Is Logan Square’s New Favorite Attraction

"It's definitely livened up the neighborhood," one neighbor said of the popular mural by Jerkface and Owen Dippie.

Each day, dozens of people — both pedestrians and drivers — stop what they’re doing to take photos of it, according to a nearby worker.
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LOGAN SQUARE — A massive — and we mean massive — mural honoring one of the most beloved comedic actors of our time recently went up on the north-facing wall of the Concord Music Hall along Milwaukee Avenue.

The mural features a portrait of Oscar-winning comedian Robin Williams, surrounded by laughing cartoon Genies, the character he voiced in “Aladdin.”

It’s already become quite the attraction, drawing dozens of people each day. Drivers are even getting out of their cars to take photos of it.

That’s according to Carl Latona, who works next door out of Delta Screw Company’s warehouse where he manufactures anchor bolts for buildings.

“It’s all day long,” Latona said of the photo-taking. “It’s been great to see more people out here. It’s definitely livened up the neighborhood.”

A pair of muralists — Jerkface and Owen Dippie — are responsible for the mural, according to Raymond Valadez, chief of staff for Ald. Joe Moreno, whose 1st Ward includes the mural.

The artists didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.

Williams, who was born in Chicago, died in August of 2014. His death was ruled a suicide. It was later revealed that he had Lewy body dementia, a rare brain disorder.