Underpasses. Who likes underpasses? They’re dark, damp, hot in summer and dank in winter and you hope you’ll never have to end up sleeping in one. All in all, underpasses are not on your list of pleasant places. Then about forty years ago a group calling itself the Chicago Mural Group began to use the many rail underpasses as a canvas to beautify the surroundings. They are now a non-profit organization named the Chicago Public Art Group whose mission remains true to its original cause. And now they construct mosaic murals, sculptures and landscape designs. The rail underpasses and entrance and exit ramps for Lake Shore Drive paralleling the Lakefront are spectacular and are attracting more and more attention of drivers, walkers and bikers. So my plan is to visit each one of them.
My first visit was to Foster Avenue and Lake Shore Drive on Chicago’s far north side. The theme of this one is “Indian Lands Dancing” commemorating the Native American Peoples original to this area.