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Local, National Artists Will Descend On West Town For Titan Walls Mural Festival

"Watching these artists bring something to life before your eyes is truly unique and inspiring."

Murals like this one by Kiptoe will be painted live at the Titan Walls Mural Festival in West Town.
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WEST TOWN — Chicago’s largest mural festival is set to return Monday. 

Both local and national artists will be featured in the third Titan Walls Mural Festival in West Town Monday through Aug. 21. Throughout the week, 11 mural artists such as Kiptoe, George M. Baker III, Thomas Turner and Diosa will produce live paintings between noon-8 p.m. 

Those who head to District Brew Yards and Altitude Chicago for the main event Aug. 21 can participate in several art-related activities. Participants can decorate dog biscuits and learn spray-paint skills from the pros.

“Most have seen finished canvases, whether it’s in a home or a large-scale mural outdoors, but they don’t see those being created,” said Tricia Binder, president and founder of Muros, the art activation agency organizing the festival. “The magic of watching these artists bring something to life before your eyes is truly unique and inspiring. Additionally, these pieces live on within our communities. It’s our way, at Muros, to gift art back to our hometown.”

From noon-5 p.m. Aug. 21, the Creator’s Market will feature vendors including Northside Comic Artists, Hoppy Biscuits, Pastry Sue, BeanTeans, Margaux Mays and Loud Theory. 

During a performance by School of Rock from noon-2 p.m. at Altitude Chicago, families will be able to test their art skills in a mobile mural activity. Other performances include America’s Got Talent’s Future Kingz dance group from 2-2:30 p.m. and DJ Boathouse from 2:30-7 p.m., both at District Brew Yards.

The festival will sell custom beer, with proceeds going to Chance the Rapper’s charity, SocialWorks. The nonprofit organization works to empower Chicago youth through arts, education and civic engagement. 

Locations for festival activities plus a full list of artists and their stations can be found on the Muros website. Though the event is free, those interested in attending can register for tickets online.

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