Cruz and Levi are rainbow babies. They’re my rainbow babies.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the term – a rainbow baby is a baby born after a miscarriage or loss and signifies hope and healing after a loss and are seen as “the rainbow after the storm”. National Rainbow Baby Day is held on August 22nd.
I’ve been wanting to share this blog post for awhile now or on the actual National Rainbow Baby Day. Although today is not National Rainbow Baby Day, I think we should always celebrate our miracle babies every day.
I thought it would be fun to share rainbow murals or colorful murals in Chicago for moms to take pictures with their kids, especially mamas and their rainbow babies. I truly believe every child is a miracle so these murals are not limited to just rainbow babies but for all Chicago kids and moms (and even visitors).
I hope you get out there and find some of these Chicago murals. (I know we are currently under the Coronavirus or Covid 19 social distancing, self isolation advisory. So when we are in the clear to get out there and explore, I hope you have a fun time finding these murals and making memories when taking pictures in front of these murals in Chicago!). So if you’re looking for where to find colorful murals to take pictures with your kids, I hope you enjoy this list!
The Happy Garage
We shared about the Happy Garage in Ravenswood about four years ago. Sadly the original art was vandalized. Luckily, the artist Chris Uphues was able to create an updated Happy Garage…this time with a rainbow. Fun fact, the owners of the garage just wanted to bring happy vibes to the neighborhood and had the art work added. I love it!
Location: 181 W. Winnona (Ravenswood) // Artist: Chris Uphues
Rainbow Dot Mural (Nonna’s Rotation – Drip It Like It’s Dot Mural)
I first saw the rainbow dot mural (what I’m calling it) on @drewinchicago‘s Instagram post and knew I needed to bring the twins here when they were 3 months old. It’s in an alley behind Nonna’s.
Location: 925 W. Randolph at Nonna’s (West Loop) // Artist: Joe Miller
I must admit, this butterfly mural in Chicago is one of my favorites in the city. I posted a picture from here when I was 20 weeks pregnant with the twins and brought them back when they were about 20 weeks old (or maybe older, I don’t remember).
Location: 2912 N. Milwaukee (Avondale) // Artist: James Jankowiak
We All Live Here Rainbow Mural
This mural is a collaboration between the British School and artist, Rich Alapack, the founder of the “we all live here” movement.
Location: 150 W. Roosevelt (Roosevelt Collection – South Loop) // Artist: Rich Alapack
I think Joe Miller is such a talented artist. This cloud mural with rainbows at the bottom encompasses a whole building.
Location: 1811 W. North Ave. (Wicker Park) // Artist:: Joe Miller
New City is a shopping area in Lincoln Park with some vacant shops facing Halsted. Currently Venmo has its colors out but I still consider this a rainbow.
Location: 1457 N. Halsted (Lincoln Park)
Boystown Rainbow Crosswalks
I love that some of the crosswalks in the Boystown neighborhood in Chicago have rainbow crosswalks. They may represent the LGBQT community but I think they are great for rainbow babies too.
Location: Halsted north of Belmont
Last but not least, the rainbow fence at the Nettelhorst School should be included on this list! We posted about it about 4 years ago so I’m not sure if it’s still there but I’m including it on my list anyway.