A road comprising of yellow bricks was recently constructed in the memory of L.Frank. Baum. He was one who wrote “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” while his residence in 1899 at 1667 N. Humboldt Boulevard.
This Yellow road covers about 70 linear feet at the corner of Humboldt and Wabansia and shall also contain an Oz-themed mural nearly 5 x 11 ft made by Hector Duarte, a Chicago artist.
As per Block Club Chicago, the total expenditure of mural is estimated to be $65,000 and is done by donations of a developer Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation and his general contractor partners and architect.
Nine units of affordable housing were also rehabbed by Bickerdike. Joy Aruguete, CEO of Bickerdike, said that one of these nine units covers the site of the former house of Baum that was razed many years back. (click here)
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is one of the popular kid’s stories in American history and was written by Baum when he was only 44 years old.
Aruguete further said that very few know about the fact that it was Baum who wrote this epic literary piece whilst his residency in Humboldt Park. She added that Baum wrote it in the memory of his time spent playing with fellow kids of the neighborhood. (Source)