Get us in your inbox

Search

These Chicago illustrators perfectly capture what life is like right now

Take a look at the city through the eyes of its most talented artists.

Morgan Olsen
Written by
Morgan Olsen
Advertising

Life in Chicago looks a bit different these days, and some of the city's most talented artists are capturing that energy in their work. From mask-covered faces and friendly reminders to wash your hands to social commentary about shuttered venues, these digital masterpieces make us feel more connected than ever before—even if we can't leave the house.

Chicago-based artist Evan Miller, who goes by EvanArt when it comes to his creative work, says a series he created last year has taken on an eerie new meaning. "Twenty-Second City" depicts familiar Chicago sights—like concert venue Lincoln Hall shown above—crawling with masked humans and covered in plant life that looks like it was pulled straight from a sci-fi flick.

"Went I started the series in 2019, I wanted to depict the people of Chicago overcoming and adapting to even the most transformative and bizarre of disasters—invasive ecosystems, toxic air, you name it," Miller says. "I never expected that the subject matter of my work would hit so close to home, but I hope people can take a hopeful and optimistic message from it. No matter what the world throws at us, we're always going to find a way to keep moving on."

Throughout the month of April, Miller will donate all proceeds from his work to Chicago businesses that are being hit hard by the stay-at-home order. Take a look at the state of Chicago through the eyes of its artists—and if you like what you see, show them some support with a follow or a purchase.

Sentrock

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by @sentrock on

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by @sentrock on

Ryan Duggan

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Ryan Duggan (@mr_ryanduggan) on

Laura Gomez

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Laura Gomez (@lago1810) on

Wasted Talent Social Club

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Wasted Talent Social Club (@wastedtalentsocialclub) on

Olivia Olsen

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Olivia Olsen (@olsen_olivia) on

Eddie Fieg

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Eddie Fieg (@eddiefieg) on

Derek Erdman

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Derek Erdman (@derekerdman) on

CHema Skandal

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by CHema Skandal! (@chemaskandal) on

Belinda Kou

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Belinda Kou | Lettering Artist (@belindaskou) on

Ray Kelley

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Ray Kelley (@r.a.y.kelley) on

JC Rivera

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Jc Rivera (@jcrivera) on

EvanArt

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by EvanArt (@evandrawsthings) on

Jay Ryan (The Bird Machine)

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by thebirdmachine (@thebirdmachine) on

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by thebirdmachine (@thebirdmachine) on

Kowal Creative

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Kowal Creative (@kowalcreative) on

Josie Adams

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Josie Adams (@heymissdesigns) on

Most popular on Time Out

- The best Chicago music venue merch to buy right now
Some of Chicago’s finest sushi restaurants are now offering takeout
- For the first time ever, Au Cheval offers its fan-favorite burger for delivery
The Shedd Aquarium’s live cam is equal parts relaxing and mesmerizing
- Chicago will begin enforcing a curfew on liquor sales while the ‘stay-at-home’ order is in effect

More on Time In

    Latest news

      Advertising