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Porte Rentals Commissions One of City’s Largest Murals

Work is now underway to create one of the largest standalone murals in the city of Chicago. Set for completion in mid-September, the mural will adorn the eastern street-level facade of Porte, a new two-tower rental community at 855 W. Madison St. in the West Loop.

Developed by Lendlease Development, The John Buck Company and partner Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation, Porte commissioned the overlapping composition from B_Line Projects, the city’s largest curator of public art murals, to celebrate the neighborhood’s history, culture and diversity. 
Created by artists Shawn Michael Warren, Jane Barthes, Anna Murphy and Kalan Strauss, the hybrid mural will bring each artist’s interpretation of the West Loop to life and pay homage to the woman who arguably put the neighborhood on the map: Oprah Winfrey. Once completed, the piece will span the entirety of Green Street from Madison to Monroe streets.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).