A.M. 1980 Residences Mural

Creating Character

CRG has always believed that artwork can enhance the quality of a project and give it a unique character. Public art can heighten the image and the value of a project and its income-producing potential. Our clients and their customers enjoy artwork and the identity it gives a building. Some developers feel strongly that works of art increase the value of the property itself and others have found that spending money on public art and cultural amenities can generate as much press as a public relations campaign, garnering more good will in the process. Supporting the arts through private development is a way to give back to the community in return for the ability to build.

“I really wanted to create a dialogue with the community by connecting them with some sort of cultural icon that made the neighborhood what it is. One thing that really came to mind was the Logan Square Eagle and how I wanted to incorporate that into the mural but also create it new. I have to say, this project really highlights the importance of culture and visibility and how it adds to the growth of the community.”

Mauricio Ramirez,


Reflecting the Neighborhood

Building with a Community

CRG believes in living by the golden rule of treating others as we wish to be treated and we are selective in choosing projects that are the most impactful to our clients and the communities in which we work.

While building in Bucktown, we were conscious that we were not only delivering a building that satisfied future tenants but that we were creating a new space in an existing and thriving community. The A.M. 1980 mural both heightens the image of our project while signifying that the new community of tenants is proudly tied to the neighborhood.

Standing Out

A.M. 1980 Residence is a transit-oriented development (TOD) and its location was strategically selected to be less than 500 feet from the Western Station, a main vein for passengers traveling back and forth from the city to O’Hare International Airport. This high level of traffic means that the A.M. 1980 mural is now a widely-seen image. This vibrant piece of art not only reflects the character of the neighborhood, it acts as an identifier for the building itself and setting it apart.