The Artists of the Wall Festival initially began as a response to gangs who would continually graffiti the 600-foot sea wall to the point where the park district couldn't keep up maintenance. Since it's inception in 1993, this beloved fest has become a true celebration of community, creativity, and music for everyone enjoy.
Held each summer over Father’s Day weekend, neighbors of all ages come together to collaborate on the 600-foot mural at Loyola Park Beach between Farwell and Morse Avenues. The artists finished works remain until May of the following the year, when the wall is again prepped, whitewashed and readied for the next eager participants.
Catch free, live music on the Windform Music Stage from noon to 5:30 each afternoon at the south end of the wall. Roger’s Park favorites, The Pratt Cattz traditionally close the festivities on Sunday. The festival is coordinated by the all-volunteer Loyola Park Advisory Council.
Loyola Park Advisory Council:
The Loyola Park Advisory Council (LPAC) is a volunteer group of Rogers Park residents who meet the first Wednesday of each month at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse. LPAC puts on the annual Artists of the Wall festival in cooperation with the Chicago Park District.
The Artists of the Wall festival is the main fundraiser for the Council. Artist fees and sponsor donations from the festival help fund a variety of programs at Loyola Park for our community throughout the year.
The LPAC helps fund and organize:
- Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance
- African-American Heritage celebration
- Youth summer camp and sports program scholarships
- Movie in the Park
- Artists of the Wall Festival
- Halloween Party
- Various park improvements as needed/able
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