Mellody Farm shopping center in Vernon Hills not only offers shopping and restaurants, but a fun art scene with awesome murals and art.

When I heard that a shopping area Mellody Farm had Insta-worthy murals and sculptures, I needed to see it for myself. Wow! I love it! Follow along as we explore this shopping area in Vernon Hills.

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Getting started

We arrived a little past lunch and we were hangry to say the least, so we wanted something quick but delicious. They have great options for food for food, but Shake Shack caught my eye. After using the touch screens to order our food (so cool!), we waited for our burgers and hot chicken sandwich. We all scarfed down our food!

Coffee, anyone?

We then proceeded to park closer to the “middle” in front of Barnes and Nobles by the green lawn. This was perfect since all the art we were about to see was around us. Plus, it was really close to Fairgrounds Coffee. Inside has a pretty cool vibe with subway tile and swings (yes, swings!) in front of the barista. (A plexiglass in between, of course!) Not only did they offer coffee, tea, and other beverages, but they also serve food so this would have been another great option. Next time, I’ll need to try their Funnel Cake fries and the coffee tasting. My Sticky Chai Latte did not disappoint. 

My in-laws got the hot chocolate with Vosges chocolate on top. Pure deliciousness! With Covid, we enjoyed our coffee outdoors. With cute egg chairs, a colorful bench, and conveniently located by the green lawn, we much preferred the outdoors. The kids had a blast running around here!

“All the Best” sculpture

After our food and drinks, we were now ready to check out the art around Mellody Farm. We started with the “All the Best” Sculpture in front of Fairgrounds Coffee.  

Mellody Farm shopping center in Vernon Hills not only offers shopping and restaurants, but a fun art scene with awesome murals and art.

“All the Best” by Chicago-based artist, Matthew Hoffman

Murals at Mellody Farm

Mural hunting at Mellody Farm is super easy and fun! Here are some of the murals and where they are located. 

These wings were my absolute fav. Created by internationally-known artist, Kelsey Montague, the large wings and smaller wings make for the perfect photo op. (Location: Side of Solidcore)

Mellody Farm shopping center in Vernon Hills not only offers shopping and restaurants, but a fun art scene with awesome murals and art.

Mellody Farm shopping center in Vernon Hills not only offers shopping and restaurants, but a fun art scene with awesome murals and art.

“THINGS TO COME” mural by prominent street artist, Triston Eaton (Nordstrom Rack)

“SMILE” mural by Chicago-based artist, Matthew Hoffman (side of Classy Nails) 

Mellody Farm shopping center in Vernon Hills not only offers shopping and restaurants, but a fun art scene with awesome murals and art.

 

 

Trash Collection sites made pretty

Can  you believe these murals were located on the trash collection sites? Love how art transformed something plain into something beautiful! 

“Oh Deer” by Tanya Lee (@tanyalee.art) (Location: Parking lot by Smile mural)

Mellody Farm shopping center in Vernon Hills not only offers shopping and restaurants, but a fun art scene with awesome murals and art.

“Mandala Flower” by Tanya Lee (Location: Parking lot by Smile mural)

The only artwork I missed was this “Nobunny Like You” by Tanya Lee.

Art by Tristan Eaton (Location: Parking lot by SolidCore)

Mermaid art by muralist Nova Czarnecki @novaczarnecki (Location: Parking lot by SolidCore)

Mellody Farm shopping center in Vernon Hills not only offers shopping and restaurants, but a fun art scene with awesome murals and art.

 

While you’re here

Just down Townline Rd. in Lake Forest is Wildlife Discovery Center. View the animals outdoors walk the easy 1 mile trail. Stay tuned for the post.

 

Final Thoughts about Mellody Farm:

If you love art specifically cool murals, then a stop at Mellody Farm is a must!

Nitty Gritty:

Website: https://mellodyfarm.com/
Address: Milwaukee Ave &, E Townline Rd, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Cost: Totally free, just bring your camera!

 

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