CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The final mural in the Lincoln Highway series in Chicago's Southland was installed Friday on 14th Street in Chicago Heights.
It is the ninth mural installed in the south and southwest suburbs and the 33rd of 35 murals along the 179-mile Illinois portion of the Lincoln Highway, according to a news release from the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau. Upon completion by the end of April, the series will be one of the largest works of public art in the country.
"As the 'Crossroads of the Nation,' Chicago Heights has always been an important stop on the Lincoln Highway," Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez said in a prepared statement. "This spectacular mural tells the story of innovations the city pushed forward and the significance the city had as part of the 3,330-mile Lincoln Highway."
The mural is based on a vintage photograph of the McEldowney Bridge where the Lincoln Highway crosses Thorn Creek. Other murals are installed in the villages of Frankfort, Lynwood, Matteson, Mokena, New Lenox, Park Forest, Sauk Village and University Park.
Each mural is hand-painted and valued at $10,000. The series is financed through a National Scenic Byway grant from the Federal Highway Administration and an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism, Tourism Attraction Development grant.