Mural Registry

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The Mural Registry catalogs Chicago’s long and rich tradition of murals and other street art and includes a growing list of completed murals created on private and public property. The Mural Registry was established to protect, preserve, and celebrate murals as significant public assets. The Mural Registry is managed and maintained by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). DCASE will regularly update the registry, so we encourage you to visit our site as new murals are added to the database and highlighted in the slideshow above.

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Mural Registry FAQ’s

  • WHAT IS A MURAL?: Section 7-28-065 of the Municipal Code of Chicago describes graffiti as an inscription, drawing, mark, or design that is etched, painted, sprayed, or drawn directly upon the exterior of any building or other structure and is visible from the public way. While this is the technical language from the ordinance, DCASE has chosen to use the word “mural” as an umbrella term that includes both graffiti and art murals, mentioned in Section 13-20-550 of the Municipal Code of Chicago, that have been registered or that people seek to register.


  • WHO CAN APPLY?: Artists, organizations, and property owners may register completed murals by submitting an application. Accepted murals will be assigned a unique Mural Registration ID and will receive an official emblem from the City of Chicago.


  • ELIGIBILITY: The Mural Registry catalogs and acknowledges the City’s growing collection of f murals and will include a list of completed murals created on private and public property. Property owners, artists, and community members may register existing murals so that they may be cataloged in the Registry. 
    • Existing murals on private property: A property owner may apply to DCASE to register a mural by submitting a completed application along with the requested supporting documentation. Artists or organizations involved in the creation of an existing mural on private property may submit an application with a letter of approval or the signature of the property owner for the application to be considered complete.
    • Existing murals on City-owned property: Members of the community (including artists and organizations involved in the creation of an existing mural) and aldermen may submit an application to DCASE to register murals that exist on City-owned property. Applicants may be asked to demonstrate proof of proper approvals and permits received in the creation of the existing mural before the mural will be added to the Registry.
    • Permission walls on private and City-owned property: Artists and property owners may submit applications to register “permission walls,” i.e., exterior walls that have been specifically designated and approved by property owners for artists to paint on a rotating basis.


  • REVIEW CRITERIA: DCASE will only review completed applications submitted with the required documentation. In addition, applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria before being admitted to the Mural Registry.
    • Murals must be in good condition.
    • Murals may not be commercial in nature and may not depict a product placement for a business.
    • Murals will not be registered if they contain known gang symbols or depict an unreasonable or offensive act, utterance, gesture, or display that creates a clear and present danger of a breach of peace or imminent threat of violence.
    • Murals may not depict material harmful to minors.


Complete the application to register your mural.

Note: Application Does Not Save Progress. Ensure you have the requested information before starting the application.
Mural Registry Requirements and Application


Download the Mural Registry Resource Guide for FAQs and additional resources for creating murals.
Mural Registry Resource Guide (PDF)


Explore the registry and featured murals. View on mobile device.


Photo Gallery

Here is a selection of highlighted murals from the registry. Mural Registry Highlights will be updated regularly.


We are Titans (Artist Credit: Chicago Math and Science Academy Art Students)

We are Titans

Artist Credit: Chicago Math and Science Academy Art Students
7212 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60626

Clark and Olive (Artist Credit: Justus Roe)

Clark and Olive

Artist Credit: Justus Roe
Location: 5621 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60660

Fonte’s World (Artist Credit: Fonte)

Fonte’s World

Artist Credit: Fonte
Location: 173 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601

The Rowen Tree (Artist Credit: Rowan Trees Residents)

The Rowen Tree

Artist Credit: Rowan Trees Residents
Location: 500 W. Englewood Ave., Chicago, IL 60621

I am a Man (Artist Credit: Darius Dennis, Robin Alcantara, Jared Diaz, Ephraim Gebre)

I am a Man

Artist Credit: Darius Dennis, Robin Alcantara, Jared Diaz, Ephraim Gebre
Location: 1379 N. Wolcott Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Lake View (Artist Credit: Anthony Lewellen)

Lake View

Artist Credit: Anthony Lewellen
Location: 3241 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657

Legends (Artist Credit: John Vergara)


Artist Credit: John Vergara
Location: 3501 W. Piece Ave., Chicago, IL 60651

Moose Bubblegum Bubble (Artist Credit: Jacob Watts)

Moose Bubblegum Bubble

Artist Credit: Jacob Watts
Location: 33 E. Congress Ave., Chicago, IL 60605

Block by Block (Artist Credit: Uneek and Flash)

Block by Block

Artist Credit: Uneek and Flash
Location: 4080 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60641

Lost In Now (Artist Credit: Dwight White)

Lost In Now

Artist Credit: Dwight White
Location: 25 E. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603

Respiration (Artist Credit: Mauricio Ramirez)


Artist Credit: Mauricio Ramirez
Location: 1346 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60660

Rush More (Artist Credit: Kerry James Marshall)

Rush More

Artist Credit: Kerry James Marshall
Location: 78 E. Washington st., Chicago, IL 60602

The Love that I Vibrate (Artist Credit: Sandra Antongiorgi, Andy Bellomo, and Sam Kirk)

The Love that I Vibrate

Artist Credit: Sandra Antongiorgi, Andy Bellomo, and Sam Kirk
Location: 3245 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60657

Urbs in Horto (Artist Credit: Louise

Urbs in Horto

Artist Credit: Louise "Ouizi" Chen
Location: 3637 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613

What We Create (Artist Credit: Cyd Smillie)

What We Create

Artist Credit: Cyd Smillie
Location: 1813 W. 63rd St., Chicago, IL 60636