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Jeff Zimmermann was teaching Pilsen kids how to make popsicle-stick sculptures when a neighborhood priest asked him to paint Our Lady of Guadalupe on a building at 19th and Ashland.

Back in 1996, Zimmermann was just a graphic design geek helping out at a Pilsen community center. He didn't know the first thing about painting a mural.

"The priest said, 'You're an artist, right?' 'You know how to paint a mural, right?' And I said, 'Yeah,' " Zimmermann says. "But none of it was true."

Mark Konkol

Mark Konkol covers city neighborhoods for the Chicago Sun-Times. You can e-mail him or call (312) 321-2146.

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