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Color Jam 2012

How did the biggest public art installation in the history of Chicago come together?

Well, it didn’t happen overnight. But it certainly seemed that way.

In the span of just two weeks, despite having to work with over 70,000 square feet of vinyl, four different types of material and the occasional downpour from Mother Nature, Bloomingdale Signs by Tomorrow transformed a bustling city intersection into a 3-D multimedia explosion of colored vinyl called "Color Jam."

We’ve captured the stories, photos and videos of how Bloomingdale Signs by Tomorrow converted the vision of artist Jessica Stockholder into the imaginative display that millions of Chicagoans can experience all summer long.




The Team

The opportunity to produce Color Jam 2012 is one more gigantic achievement for the family-owned and operated Bloomingdale Signs by Tomorrow. For over 25 years, we’ve been responsible for massive sign installations, event graphics and vehicle wraps across the country. In 2012, we had the distinct honor of being named the #1 print shop in Illinois by Wide Format Imaging Magazine.

For Fortune 100 companies and the advertising agencies that work with them, Bloomingdale Signs By Tomorrow has been the go-to resource when they strive to be "Branding Bigger."

"As the installers of this project, Bloomingdale Signs by Tomorrow was really enthusiastic the entire time. To them, it was never just a job. They took some real care to make this happen in a fantastic way."
- Jessica Stockholder, Color Jam artist