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Artists Give Vacant Roscoe Village Storefronts Bright Makeovers To Drum Up Foot Traffic

Local female artists created vibrant installations to liven up the empty spaces with support from a city grant.

Several local, women artists were commissioned using grant money to decorate vacant storefronts in Roscoe Village.
Provided/Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce
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ROSCOE VILLAGE — Art installations created by local women artists have gone up at vacant stores along a stretch of Belmont Avenue in Roscoe Village thanks to a city grant.

The Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce received a share of a $2 million grant from the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection to decorate 55 vacant storefronts to drive foot traffic through the quieter winter months, chamber leaders said.

The money paid for installations at 2300 W. Belmont Ave. and 1931 W. Belmont Ave. through March, according to the chamber.

“As a recipient of this storefront grant, the [chamber] is taking this opportunity to highlight the vacant retail spaces in our neighborhood to showcase local women artists and entrepreneurs and their bold and bright creativity,” said Nicole McLellan, community development director for the chamber.

The artists:

“As we head into the holidays and the cold winter months following, our retailers and restaurants need a steady drumbeat of neighborhood traffic,” McLellan said. “The hope is that these new art activations will draw a crowd and shed some light on the future retail opportunities that our neighborhood can offer as well as invite consumers to shop and dine at other Roscoe Village businesses.”

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