The Lake Street Council has unveiled sneak peek images of a new outdoor art installation coming to Lake Street. A heart-shaped “We Love Lake Street” sculpture designed by the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center will be completed and displayed along the Lake Street corridor in early 2022.

“This new sculpture will celebrate all the special people and places that make Lake Street a wonderful neighborhood – especially the hundreds of small businesses that call it home,” said Allison Sharkey, executive director of the Lake Street Council. “We are excited to bring this locally designed sculpture to Lake Street as we rebuild, recover and look to the future.”

Once completed, the eight-foot-tall sculpture will be placed outside at the corner of Lake Street and Chicago Avenue, travelling to other locations along Lake Street over the seasons. The art piece is made possible by Wells Fargo and its Hope USA campaign, a nationwide effort focused on supporting small businesses and neighborhood beautification in communities across the country. Drawings of the sculpture were revealed at the Lake Street Council’s Winter Block Party on Thursday, Dec. 2. The free event focused on celebrating Lake Street’s small businesses and featured live music, bonfires and an ice sculpture inspired by the new art installation. (Photo submitted)


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