Art Galleries In Chicago, Illinois

Art Galleries In Chicago
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The Windy City of Chicago is sure to blow your mind with its huge skyscrapers, exclusive restaurants, and amazing museums. Stay in the city for at least a few days for the best experience. There are hotels and luxury Airbnb vacation rentals in Chicago for your accommodation needs. While you marvel at the architectural genius of this city’s planners, you must not miss the super awesome art scene in Chicago. Do check out the Millenium Park, Willis Tower, Navy Pier, and Wrigley Field among the city’s other best attractions. As you traverse through the city’s best tourist spots and marketplaces, you will be surprised to find street artists, art museums, and art galleries in every nook and corner of the city. If you are an avid art lover or admirer, then you must plan an art-crawl around town covering some of its best art galleries which have been listed hereunder:

1. Catherine Edelman Gallery

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Located in the Midwest, the Catherine Edelman Gallery stands as an arthouse synonymous with modern works of the arts in Chicago. At any given time of year, you can catch the contemporary photography, traditional landscape images, portraits, and of course, art exhibits. Plan ahead to spend at least a couple of hours here to truly appreciate its huge exhibits. Do check out their website prior to your visit to know more about their ongoing and upcoming art shows and plan your visit accordingly.

Catherine Edelman Gallery

Address: 300 W Superior St # Bw, Chicago, IL 60654, United States

Website: Catherine Edelman Gallery

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2. Richard Gray Gallery

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Richard Gray Gallery is not only popular in Chicago but also in New York. In Chicago itself, there are two branches. Since you may not be visiting all three, we recommend for you to visit the one in North Michigan Avenue for its strategic location, close to the historic district, that also features the Art Institute of Chicago, Grant Park, and Millenium Park. Founded in 1963, this is a perfect place to enjoy some contemporary artwork.

Richard Gray Gallery

Address: 875 North Michigan Avenue, 38th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611, United States

Website: Richard Gray Gallery

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3. Corbett vs. Dempsey

Corbett vs. Dempsey Exhibition Catalogs
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Corbett vs. Dempsey is an art gallery that features nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Although it was founded in 2004, they have only climbed up the charts on the list of the best art galleries in the city. Both Corbett and Dempsey have launched several independent curatorial projects in this art gallery that specializes in contemporary, 20th century and midwestern paintings, prints and other media. The grungy-chic decor of Corbett vs. Dempsey perfectly unearths the raw vibe of this place.

Corbett vs. Dempsey

Address: 1120 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, United States

Website: Corbett vs. Dempsey

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4. Atlas Galleries

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Established in 1967, Atlas Galleries are two centrally located art galleries in Chicago where you can enjoy viewing some of the most beautiful artwork. These fine art brick-and-mortar galleries are an unmissable spot if you are an art collector or art lover. They showcase a journey of 400 years of fine art development and creation with some of the limited edition prints by Picasso, Menpes, and Renoir also exhibited. The location of both the galleries makes it pretty convenient for a tourist to reach so you don’t need to spare an entire day in just traversing through one corner of the city to another in search of fine art.

Atlas Galleries

Address 1: 535 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611

Address 2: 900 N Michigan Ave, Level 6, Chicago, IL 60611-1542, United States

Website: Atlas Galleries

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5. Comfort Station

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If you happen to be in Milwaukee Avenue, stop by Comfort Station and immerse yourself in this historical masterpiece. This is not your usual art gallery and one of the biggest reason behind it is that there’s always something unique happening here. You may be surprised and impressed by their ongoing events as it includes art exhibitions, weekly eclectic music series, weekly film screenings, concerts, film screenings, literary readings, community workshops, lectures, which are proof of the many talents this gallery showcases. It has something for all age groups so if you are traveling as a family everyone can get involved.

Comfort Station

Address: 2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, United States

Website: Comfort Station

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6. Kavi Gupta Gallery

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While exploring Washington Blvd. or Elizabeth Street, make sure that you drop by Kavi Gupta Galleries as it is the largest commercial gallery in Chicago. The gallery is renowned for its collection of contemporary art, installations, art fairs, and art exhibits. The gallery also expanded to Berlin (Germany) in 2008. Visiting this gallery is Chicago is an experience in itself since it opened its doors to the public in the year 2000, and has only grown exponentially ever since.

Kavi Gupta Gallery

Address 1: 835 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607, United States

Address 2: 219 N. Elizabeth Street, Chicago, IL 60607, United States

Website: Kavi Gupta Gallery

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7. Rhona Hoffman Gallery

sculpture. Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
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Situated in the heart of Chicago, Rhona Hoffman Gallery is not to be missed if you are looking for international contemporary and modern art. Talented artists whose works are displayed here include Vito Acconci, Spencer Finch, Luis Gispert, Leon Golub, Robert Heinecken, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Sol LeWitt, Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback, Lorna Simpson, Nancy Spero, Richard Tuttle, Brian Ulrich, Carrie Mae Weems, and Kehinde Wiley. Founded in 1976, this gallery has maintained its top position among art connoisseurs as it showcases art in all forms and media.

Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Address: 1711 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, United States

Website: Rhona Hoffman Gallery

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8. Monique Meloche Gallery

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As an art lover, the best way to spend a day at leisure in Chicago is by unwinding at Monique Meloche Gallery. Founded in the year 2000, this gallery is working with an international group of emerging artists. So, you can appease your crunch for excellent art with the collection of challenging installations, art sculptures, and showcases that will blow your mind away.

Monique Meloche Gallery

Address: 451 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60622, United States

Website: Monique Meloche Gallery

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9. Hyde Park Art Center

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Founded in 1939, this is one of the oldest art spaces in Chicago for contemporary and alternative art. Hyde Park Art Center welcomes approximately 45,000 visitors every year. This is an excellent spot when you are in the Hyde Park or Kenwood neighborhood. This contemporary art center features 20+ art exhibitions, 200+ free art events, and 200+ studio classes annually. It is an art hub for emerging artists to showcase their talent. No matter when you plan to visit here, you will never see a dull and boring space because of its well planned events that include panel discussions, poetry readings, music performances, open house sessions, literary engagements, and solo artists exhibitions.

Hyde Park Art Center

Address: 5020 S Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL 60615, United States

Website: Hyde Park Art Center

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10. Carl Hammer Gallery

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Last but not least, visit Carl Hammer Gallery if you are into contemporary art by European and American artists. The gallery exhibits works of incredible self-taught artists showcasing fine art, art installations, and contemporary art. Enjoy and admire the true visual art simulation in this 37-year-old gallery if you are interested in building your own art collection. Their staff is also well-trained and helpful in case you want to know more about an artwork or need assistance in making a purchase decision.

Carl Hammer Gallery

Address: 740 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654, United States

Website: Carl Hammer Gallery

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Gear up to embrance the exciting art scene in Chicago

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Apart from its skyscrapers, the city is famous for its rich and diverse cultural landscape. On your next visit to Chicago, make sure you check out its exciting art scene by visiting some of these best galleries in the city that showcase contemporary, modern and fine art by established and emerging artists. We hope we can satisfy the art connoisseur in you with this exhaustive list which you can use to plan an art-crawl around the city spanning the city’s finest galleries.

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Ishita Gupta is a freelance Indian writer with a passion for travelling extensively and discovering new destinations that also reflects in her style of writing. While charting the road less...Read more

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