Quarantine window art brings joy to this Chicago neighborhood

CHICAGO -- To keep his Chicago neighbors' spirits up, Mark LaFerney decorates his window every week with a new COVID-19 inspired design.

People who walk by can read messages like "Better days are ahead," "Wear a mask" and "Don't be a punk, stay the funk home."

"As an artist, I thought about what I could do during this time to keep myself busy, to inspire other people and contribute something," LaFerney said.

LaFerney started making the windows in March when Illinois' stay-at-home order first went into place.

"In the beginning, a lot of the messages were positive when people were feeling down," LaFerney said.

And since then, he's been putting up one design a week to keep himself, and his neighbors, entertained.

LaFerney plans to make the window decorations for as long as he stays home and hopes they give fellow Chicagoans a sense of community.

"Knowing that I'm contributing something, inspiring others and bringing a smile to someone's face keeps me doing it," LaFerney said.

To keep up with LaFerney's Quarantine Windows, visit his Instagram page.