Our current mural celebrates the importance of literacy—especially financial literacy—and highlights a great local organization working to encourage reading and education: Bernie’s Book Bank. 

Bernie’s Book Bank facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of new and gently used children’s books to increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. The organization believes that literacy is essential in developing a love of learning, and that excelling as a reader will help set a child up for success. By investing in literacy now, we can ensure a better future for the children and future leaders of this city. 

In our mural, we wanted to convey the message that our city’s foundation begins with reading and learning. That’s why you’ll find the artwork displays a skyline of books. And, as we say on the mural, nothing makes your world pop like a good book. No matter what your age, there’s still more to learn and it starts with opening a book.