WBEZ's Curious City is a weekly podcast answering Chicagoans questions about the most interesting quirks of their city, with topics ranging from the well-know Chicago dog to more nuanced topics like the most cheerful Red line conductor. While listening, I stumbled upon a phenomenon located not too far from my apartment in Irving Park.
Schiller Park is home to the most used hand water pump in the city. In fact, it is used more than all other water pumps combined. There appears to be no particular reason for this, especially considering there are two other water pumps at the park across the street. Rumor has it the pump is a "Fountain of Youth" of sorts. I checked it out myself, and sure enough, there was a long line of people waiting to fill up their water jugs.
I used this fun fact as a chance to work on my hand lettering, drawing from 14th century spanish type (era of Ponce de' Leon's fabled discovery of the fountain of youth), as well as flowing water.
This poster was shown as part of AIGA's summer mentor program show. It was also sold as a postcard along with other designs.
And for the record, I tried drinking the water from the legendary pump. It tastes icky.