Hebru Brantley Mural

By: Hebru Brantley
Sponsors: Funded by WPB Special Service Area #33
Date: September 10, 2018 - September 11, 2021

Special Service Area #33
presents a new mural by
Hebru Brantley

This piece is the second at this location by world-renowned artist Hebru Brantley, a Chicago native. The first piece, which stood for almost a decade, was one of the artist's earliest Chicago murals and represented a key step in the development of his iconic characters, Flyboy and Lil Mama, inspired in part by the Tuskegee Airmen.

"It was one of my first incarnations of my characters on walls. That came off in a very good way and created a narrative that people gravitated to."


The original mural painted at this location had been accidentally painted over by city crews. The community felt the loss and made it known that the neighborhood missed the artwork. As a result, SSA #33 reached out to Brantley to see if it were possible to return to the site to paint a new mural. The SSA will continue to work with local aldermen to preserve our public art and install plaques to designate artwork and compile a directory or murals and other public work and street art.


Time Out Chicago: There's a new Hebru Brantley mural in Wicker Park
Chicago Gallery News: Oops I (Had to Do) It Again - Hebru Brantley Repaints Mural Covered by City
Chicago Tribune: Cards Against Humanity backs plan to save murals, make Chicago America's street art capital
Block Club Chicago: Hebru Brankley's New Wicker Park Mural Replaces The One City Crews Painted Over [PHOTOS]

Block Club Chicago: New Hebru Brantley Mural Coming To Wall Where One Of His Earliest Works Was Accidentally Removed By City




Hebru Brantley's mural is painted on 1401 North Milwaukee Avenue, off of the northwest corner of the Milwuakee/Wood Street intersection and at the convergence of Wood and Beach Street. A Divvy Bike station sits alongside the artwork. The mural is visible even from Ashland Avenue when looking west down Beach. Brantley's mural will be maintained by the SSA and host property with the expectation of remaining for a minimum of three years. While visiting the mural, be sure to stop by Lynn Basa's Worker Cottage Parklet (another SSA #33 funded project) across the street.