Chicago-based artist Jason Watts collaborated with 1400 Monroe real estate developers, JK Equities, to paint a mural with community on soon-to-be-removed building at 1400 West Monroe. Watts and his family of helpers, incorporated drawings from local young artists within his larger mural design. Children and their parents from Skinner West Elementary and other neighborhood schools were invited to work alongside Watts, helping paint the large mural on Saturday, June 22nd. Those who came to paint donated $5 and were supplied with paint and painting materials. All proceeds were donated to Friends of Skinner West. There were over 150 little painters in attendance making for a great event.
The mural which is directly across from Skinner Park, adds a whole lot of color to the corner of Loomis and Monroe in the West Loop. The mural will stay up until the end of 2019 keeping the neighborhood bright through the fall. One of the developer’s highest priorities is giving back to the community. In addition to the mural event, the development team has been sponsors of Skinner Bark Park as well as the Skinner Park Advisory Council (SPAC), a non-profit all volunteer group dedicated to enhancing the community use of Skinner Park and Loomis St. Gardens.