Celebrating Chicago

Celebrating Chicago

The Annex at Hotel Chicago West Loop will feature original wall murals by the city's most recognized urban artists.

A groundbreaking street art exhibit will debut in Chicago this spring. Two of the city’s most recognized urban artists – JC Rivera and Asend – have created original wall murals in Hotel Chicago West Loop’s guestrooms that celebrate Chicago’s essence.

In association with the boutique hotel’s art “Annex,” Chicago’s newest hotel/gallery fusion, the featured mural rooms will be open and on public display. The Annex houses nearly 100 pieces of renowned works.

Celebrating Chicago musicThe artwork on permanent display in Hotel Chicago West Loop, 1622 W. Jackson, is ever-fresh to travelers, but the hotel hopes to branch out with its first Urban Mural Exhibit initiative in April. “We want to offer something that appeals to locals and identifies with Chicago,” General Manager Juan Monroig said. “To achieve this, we’re giving platform to locally-based street artists to help us remodel.”

The Annex currently encompasses the lobby and all four guest hall spaces, featuring 2-D media works. The Urban Mural Exhibit is expected to add another element to the hotel museo concept by pulling visitors from the public space and into the guestrooms for viewing.

JC Rivera and Asend created floor-to-ceiling wall murals inside a selection of guestrooms on the first level that are based on themes that celebrate the city, such as architecture, music, food and diversity. The mural installations have begun and are expected to be on display indefinitely by late March.

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