Birdman is a fixture on Glenwood Avenue in Rogers Park. He has his down days (begging your pardon). But in general he has an invincible cheerfulness that compliments the day if it’s bright and lightens the day if it’s gloom. His colorful attire, complete with feathers, only heightens the affect. And yes, he has his flock, rock doves and various sparrows mostly, who depend on him for their daily bread. Yea verily he performs a daily miracle of turning bread into birds.
I don’t know if they had Birdman in mind, but appropriately the Chicago Transit Authority overpass at Glenwood and Greenleaf is decorated with a bird mural.