Jeff Huebner

An arts journalist and freelance writer, Jeff Huebner is a regular contributor to the Chicago Reader.  He has a special interest in public art and community-based art, including contemporary murals.  An author of Urban Art Chicago: A Guide to Community Murals, Mosaics, and Sculptures, with Olivia Gude (Ivan R. Dee, 2000); Murals: The Great Walls of Joliet (University of Illinois Press, 2001); and Chicago Parks Rediscovered, with photographs by Frank Dina (Jannes Art Press/Northwestern University Press, 2002), Jeff lives in our community.

Stories from Jeff Huebner

Two more Puerto Rican murals preserve cultural ties and record history

By: 
Jeff Huebner
Date: 
11/08/2013
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In addition to the Puerto Rican Congress Murals restorations, there are two others recently refreshed a few blocks to the west of Wicker Park in Humboldt Park.

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Restoring Puerto Rican Congress Murals: Oldest surviving community murals in Chicago are in Wicker Park

By: 
Jeff Huebner
Date: 
10/25/2013
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Joseph Ruiz had wanted to restore the fading murals on the side of his building at 2313-15 W. North Ave. for years. This past summer, he finally had the opportunity.

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Is another community space to be lost?

By: 
Jeff Huebner
Date: 
03/10/2011
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The Wicker Park Cultural Center (WPCC) is one of only a few spaces (formerly St. Paul's Church) like it left in Wicker Park/West Town-indeed, in the city.

Reflections on the rise and fall of the Wicker Statue and other public art

By: 
Jeff Huebner
Date: 
04/25/2010
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On the morning of August 21, 2009, the statue of Charles G. Wicker was found toppled over in his namesake park, lying in the grass in front of the base, his boots intact. The life-size bronze sculpture was created by Wicker's great-granddaughter Nancy Wicker, of Harvard, Il., and was dedicated September 2006.

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