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Uptown Neighborhood Brings Light and Beauty through Advent Calendar Window Artwork in December

The Wilson Abbey Advent Windows (WAAW) project is now in its eighth year and brings artworks throughout the Uptown neighborhood and all of Chicago in December. The windows project has grown from three, to now 24 different artists each expressing their ideas within a context of hope, peace, joy, and love through large scale artwork displayed in the 24 windows of the Wilson Abbey building. 

As the largest Advent calendar in Chicago, the artwork serves as a source of delight and creativity for neighbors and is a retelling of the Christmas story in the present day. Each day of December a new piece of art is revealed in a Window. To view photos and videos of the artwork, visit here. 

The artwork follows the theme “the Soul Felt its Worth” and showcases people groups who may not be seen, or whom we may not want to see because their problems are bigger than us. Some artists have connected to the different agencies that may already work with these groups of people. Other artists are already connected to people or agencies who genuinely understand what it is like for these people “to be seen”.

Topics for each day:

  • The Star
  • Autism
  • Immigrants
  • The Angel
  • Black Women, Single Moms
  • Refugees
  • Illiterate
  • Mentally Ill
  • Bipoc/ the Blind
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Migrants
  • Saint Cabrini
  • Innerchild
  • Survivors of Sexual Assault
  • Elderly
  • Palestinian/Arabs
  • Women in Prison
  • Incarcerated
  • Fatherless
  • Shepherds
  • AAPI
  • Mary/Indigenous Women
  • Holy Family

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