Apr 16, 2024 - Culture

Cryptic Taylor Swift mural turns heads in Chicago

Photo of workers painting a mural

Taylor Swift's QR code. Photo: Justin Kaufmann/Axios

Dozens of Chicagoans lined up to watch workers paint a QR code on the side of a building in River North on Tuesday afternoon.

Why it matters: It isn't just any old QR code. It could contain Easter eggs about Taylor Swift's highly anticipated album "The Tortured Poets Department," which is set to drop Thursday at 11pm Central time.

How it works: The code — painted on the side of a Grand Avenue building just west of State Street — takes you to Taylor Swift's YouTube channel, where a short video shows a "321 Error."

The big picture: Swift has long used riddles and clues to create a buzz and get fans excited for her album releases.

Photo of a mural
Photo: Justin Kaufmann/Axios

Flashback: Swift is no stranger to Chicago. When her Eras Tour came to Soldier Field last June, the pop star helped deliver all-time record hotel revenues.

The bottom line: Swifties are so excited for the new release, they'll stand in line for a QR code.

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