CHICAGO (CBS) — After a year’s absence due to the pandemic, the Artists of the Wall Festival is taking shape again at Loyola Beach in Rogers Park.

The tradition dates back to 1993, when a group of Rogers Park neighbors decided to begin painting a 600-foot-long seawall with community art after gangs kept tagging it with graffiti.

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The event is held on Father’s Day weekend every year, with the idea of having a family-oriented even that would bring out the whole community. Music and kids’ activities are part of the event.

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The theme for this year’s Artists of the Wall Festival is Poetic Painting.

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All the art will remain up through next May, when it’s whitewashed to make room for a of creations.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff