If you’re visiting Chicago this month, check out this fun new street art.

An anonymous artist has turned Chicago into a giant game of Monopoly.

Bar tab

No doubt without any official city approval, the artist (or artists) painted Monopoly cards onto Chicago sidewalks and pavement, and installed monopoly pieces, little green houses, pairs of dice chained to posts, and stacks of ‘Community Chest’ and ‘Chance’ cards that have been constructed out of plywood and bolted to the cement. How cool is that?

Plus every now and then, the witty card messages change. Some of the Community Chest cards read “Error on bar tab. Collect $20” and “Go to jail for public douchebaggery,” while one of the Chance cards reads “Carissa, will you marry me? If yes, advance one block south to nearest church.”


The artwork first appeared in April in Chicago’s Logan Square neighbourhood, and so far they’ve remained intact. It’s as if City Hall has granted the project Free Parking on Chicago streets.

Meanwhile a graphic arts site, Colossal, wanted to find out who was behind this epic board game. After many Tweets and emails, Christopher Jobson finally managed to track down the anonymous artist (or artists) known simply as Bored.

Albany Avenue

He reports that ‘Bored’ expressed his/her/their “dissatisfaction at the lack of quality street art around Chicago.”

Monopoly art

Bored said by email that the goal of their project was “to present something different than a stencil painted on the ground or a poster pasted to a wall. Something 3-dimensional that can be picked up, beaten down, kicked, yanked, grabbed, and broken. And if someone ever put forth the effort to remove it, like a weed it will always grow back. And if left alone it will evolve into something different.”

Spoken like a true artist.

Just a guess here, but I bet that Bored doesn’t look anything like the board game’s moustachioed mega-capitalist mascot, Rich Uncle Pennybags.

Which classic games would you like to see on your city sidewalks? Twister? Trouble? Battleship?

Let me know in the comments below!

— Ken Hegan

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For more information, you can try clicking on Bored’s website

Photos via Colossal and Reddit

Thanks to BoingBoing