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A new mural was completed on the south wall beneath the Union Pacific viaduct at Dempster and Sherman Streets on Sept. 25. This new piece of art is a 94-foot mural created by Rubén Aguirre, commissioned by the Main-Dempster Mile, the merchant association promoting Evanston’s south-central neighborhood. In partnership with the Evanston Mural Arts Program, an initiative of Art Encounter, and with the support of the Evanston Arts Council, the installation is under EMAP’s management, The Main-Dempster Mile will also be installing a bench and landscaping near the mural, creating a mini urban oasis. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will occur later this fall, with details at the MDM’s website.

Mr. Aguirre was chosen as the artist for this mural during a community meeting where six muralists’ work were considered.  


Patrons of the Downtown Farmers’ Market who look north between the buildings lining University Place can get a glimpse of a train or a house painted on the wall of the E2 apartment complex. Following the alley, they can see the nearly block-long mural that blends urban and rural themes in colors bright enough to make them ignore the dumpsters and other alley paraphernalia there. A train, the CTA perhaps, is ready to zoom off the wall, while giant oak leaves flutter toward the sidewalk. To the east, a red-winged blackbird – the kind prone to dive-bombing pedestrians here – alights placidly on a stalk of wheat.

Andrew Fisher alerted the RoundTable to this mural, which enlivens the alley to the Market and the one that leads to Maple Avenue.