Devil in the Chocolate City

Osmium Coffee Bar 1117 West Belmont Avenue Chicago

Jason Brammer
Written By Jason Brammer

Jason Brammer is a Chicago-based visual artist known for his distinctive mixed media works, paintings, drawings, site-specific installations, and murals.

This mural may be the most breathtaking thing inspired by the devilish H.H. Holmes, the world's first documented serial killer. The installation's title “Devil In The Chocolate City” alludes to both Dark Matter Coffee's "Chocolate City" brand iced coffee served at Osmium Coffe Bar as well as the book "Devil In the White City," which is one of Jason Brammer's favorite books.

With visual nods to the book, six 5'x5' paintings line the walls of the shop, all eerily complete with actual (red) velvet as their frame. For this installation, Jason didn't limit himself to just the canvas but worked on the wall and integrated objects throughout the coffee bar. Take a look around you. Each canvas features unifying White City-inspired skyline, with the horizon lining up across all six canvases.

Take A Second Look

Before you enter into Osmium, you're transported to the White City. The Ferris Wheel also debuted at the Columbian Exposition of 1893 and can be seen on the left exterior mural panel outside. A famed Chicago architect's ghost can be seen hovering over the city on one of the canvases. See if you can figure out who it is, we'll give you a hint, he designed the Transportation building for the 1893 White City. The Greek goddess, Artemis, is featured in the first canvas along with the moon.

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