Summer 2021 Chalk

It’s Time to get OUT again

Let’s get out and do some creativity!


Chicago Chalk Champ, Shaun Hays, will come out of early retirement to appear in Western Suburbs this summer.

“Two wonderful groups have been in contact with me for some time from Dupage County. We have worked out some exclusive dates for me to return to my craft this summer. I’m truly excited to offer public art again, after a long break.” – Shaun

Dates and links to the events will be posted on this site this spring so you can be sure to include them in your plans.


Des Plaines, IL

Today despite rain I headed to Des Plaines to chalk for the Des Plains Art Council at the Taste of Des Plaines. It was a great time, the rain didn’t dampen the mood at all!

As per my usual, I drew this freehand, extemporaneously and with no paint… although the pavement was damp (despite all the best efforts of everyone on the great teams who helped make this day possible)… so, my chalk turned to paste and sometimes even liquid watercolor type paint.

Just a slight challenge.. I had to rethink some concepts and execute a way for people to stand “on” the 3D with out wet shoes being a problem. I think it came out very nice:

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Finished – sort of…?


Artist Faire

Naperville, IL

June 26-27, 2020!

That’s right, we’re doing it again! 😃

The rest of this post was from last year and the announcement that I’d be retiring my knees. It’s been nearly 9 months and I have little to no knee pain, so, we will do a few more and see how this goes.

See you soon! – Shaun

June 22,23 2019

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone of you that made it out to help me celebrate 10 years of amazing fun in the sun and chalk art illusions!

It has been an amazing run!

(Warning: lots of talk about me… sorry)

I’ve been featured at all the places I truly wanted to chalk and so many more than I even dreamed, from Chicago (Museums, John Hancock, Navy Pier, McCormick Place, Lollapalooza, State Street, Wrigley Field, the Drake, Michigan Ave, North Beach etc etc) to NYC (west village and Soho) to all the various states and festivals around America, to international, exotic locations like Egypt and Barbados.

I’ve been featured on multiple tv shows (even internationally), many local TV interviews, and on stage in front of nearly a million people at stadiums, theaters, conferences, schools and churches over 20 years.

I have made amazing friends along the way including a minister/art teacher/ chalk artist in the Philippines who I had the great privilege to encourage at a crucial moment in his life.

I have trained many many artists over the 20 years since I first became “accidentally serious” about chalking, including several youth speakers who have used chalk talks or “chalk rock” as an addition to their portfolio, several Chalk festival champions, prophetic worship artists, and a few chalk board artists and painter/muralists too.

Probably my favorite moments were when a young artist would see me working and I’d have a moment to connect with them the way only artists can connect to each other and watch as their eyes would light up with the realization that they aren’t entirely crazy or alone and that the pursuit of art is definitely worth while… even if you don’t get paid. (But best if you can also get paid)

All of that being said, many people will find this announcement troubling or disheartening. The fact is my knees can’t handle the work anymore, my heart is longing for something else, and my Father in Heaven has signaled that is time to move ahead.

Faith and I have discussed this change for a long time (years). We are excited about the change but sad in many ways as well. There may be some opportunities that arise sometime in the not so close future, where I’ll don the kneepads again, chalk in hand, walking in slow motion down a hot asphalt street with a look of determination in my eye… but until that day: June 22 and 23rd was YOUR FINAL OPPORTUNITY to come see me creating LIVE on pavement and get your own super fun, interactive photo with my art.

Btw- Yes I’ll keep posting art online. I just won’t be doing public 3D chalk like this as my job anymore.

I want to assure you once again, you haven’t seen the last of my talent and haven’t seen the best of me either. There is always more beneath the surface than you see of my public postings.. much like the freehand illusions I have created in the last decade.

What creative tool will I wield next? (Something not using my knees so much I hope!)


Now Booking 2019

Filling in the calendar is always fun and this year we have many exciting events on the docket – you should get in on this!

With past clients like Chipotle, Redbull, Macy’s, Shedd Aquarium, Gallagher Way @Wrigley Field, Adler Planetarium, Navy Pier, Lollapolooza and hundreds more, this promises to be our most creatively colorful year in a decade!

Think you can’t be a part? Don’t assume anything! After all creative thinking and fun is a staple of this business! I’m looking for new clients to add to the schedule throughout 2019… Your event/idea is perfect.

“Don’t leave me hangin!”

I knew you wouldn’t – in fact, I’ll work extra hard to make sure you get included… The more you work with me and let me do what I do best, the more I’ll give you a great deal… Sound like a deal?

Next move: call me at 312.233.2620 to run your idea by me. 

Let make it a great and creatively awesome year together!

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pics! West Aurora March 23!

3D artwork at West Aurora High School on the eve of March 23, 2019 for the 40th Anniversary Huntley Brown Concert featuring the Covenant Choir from Covenant Christian School.

#huntleybrown posed on my #piano #3Dchalk #chalkart #chicagochalkchamp after the #40year #celebration #event at #westaurorahighschool for #covenantchristianaurorail #covenantchristianacademy


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Naperville ART FAIRE 2019

Come experience the mind bending illusion based artwork of the Chicago Chalk Champ, Shaun Hays, this June 22 & 23. Shaun will be demonstrating his extemporaneous, freehand mastery of the 3D anamorphic drawings that have made him famous! Photos interacting with the illusion are a must for your summer to do list!

The Naperville Woman’s Club host the Naperville Fine Art Artisans’ Faire each year inside Naper Settlement with 130+ artist on display. This year, will mark the 60th year of this fest!!

Stroll through the vendors, see demonstrations and enjoy the beautiful historic landscapes… all while attending the longest running juried art show in Illinois!

Go to Naperville Woman’s Club website


Let’s Do This! 2019

Just when you thought it was over…

I seriously have talked about shutting it all down. I mean, my knees have taken enough!!


But it seems the public has different ideas.

I really should be grateful, and I am (I’m ecstatic) because my calendar is filling up like crazy and the offers keep pouring in for work.

This is what every artist dreams of: do what they love HOW they love to do it and to have people searching them out without even advertising! I took a job for a year driving a bus for more steady work and fit events in between regular shifts and over weekends, but the chalk it calls to me. My wife keeps looking at me saying “wow” as we try to get a handle on the calendar. While I’m certainly not closing doors to any future steady work opportunities, it seems that 2019 is full steam ahead for CHALK!

Look out we are only gonna get better!!

Here’s a review of some of the latest chalk masterpieces created by yours truly. Enjoy!