Has anyone else in Chicago noticed just how bright and colorful this city is becoming? Honestly, this summer I’ve seen at least four new murals go up in bright, bold colors. Chicago street art is having a moment and I’m 100% for it.
Some of my favorite new wall art in the city just so happens to be the next site for one of my favorite food stands in the city. Cafe Tola originally opened up down the street from me about two years ago when I lived in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. This cafe is probably one of the smallest cafes in all of Chicago, actually I’m convinced that it is the smallest cafe in Chicago, that also serves the best empanadas I’ve ever tasted. Now that’s a bold statement given that there are about 6 empanadas restaurants in just a five mile radius of me. Needless to say that I was excited to find out that they were opening a second location in the former Hot Doug’s location in Avondale, brining their funky and colorful vibes to the area.
When life around you is so colorful, you can’t help but smile. It worked out that my dress of the day just so happened to fit in well with the theme. I simple black and white dress with a bold floral lace print helped me stay out against the beautiful wall.
While some of my favorite street murals in the city are all located toward the west side of the city, I’m starting to notice a few pop up closer to my neighborhood. Chicago, I’m loving the vibes and hopefully the bright art will keep me cheerful throughout the long, cold winter that currently predicted for this summer.
:: Photography by Peggy Kollias ::