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As a long-established cultural center, many artists from around the globe have found their way to Chicago. Subsequently, collectors have discovered this Midwestern metropolis has a quality art scene with loads of galleries and studios that appeal to most any taste. All genres, media forms and prices are represented. It doesn’t matter if you are in the market to buy a great work for above the mantel, or just want a memento to remember your trip to the Windy City, the scope of craftsmanship spans from fine art pieces to 10-dollar trinkets.

Artwork vendors are scattered all over the city however there are a few areas where artist communities have sprouted up, resulting in a number of studios, galleries and art stores concentrated in one spot. The largest is in River North where art dealers, interior design boutiques, antique shops and furniture showrooms line the streets. The scale of artwork offered in River North is broad, so art-appreciators of all walks of life are sure to find something that strikes their fancy. The art culture of River North spills over into another fashionable Near North Side neighborhood just over the Chicago River called River West. This budding art district expands its scope to include educational opportunities for local students who can participate in programs at the Chicago Academy for the Arts.

Downtown also has its share of popular art galleries and world-class exhibits. The Loop boasts a good number of trendy studio spaces and fine art dealers. But, if you’re not so much interested in buying and just want to look at great works, the Art Institute of Chicago is right here. Give yourself plenty of time to peruse the pieces at this sprawling museum because with more than 4500 items on display, it is the biggest collection of artwork in the city.

Chicago has an immense number of quality art galleries and studios for almost any taste. Perhaps the best way to consider them is by general area, as you will need to plan your day well if you hope to see some of the worlds best art!

Outdoor Art

One of the wonderful things about Chicago is the amount of art and culture that just exists around the city. No need to go into a gallery or a museum to see first-rate pieces of art – there are examples of it out in the open, on the street, and there for the public to enjoy. One of downtown’s most famous works is Daley Plaza’s oversized steel creation by Pablo Picasso, given to the city as a gift in 1967. No one is exactly sure what the representation is, but some claim it is Picasso’s wife, while others think it is an Afghan dog. Across the way is a well-known statue by Spanish artist Joan Miro and in front of the Federal Center Building a few blocks south is the iconic 40-foot-tall red arch installation, called The Flamingo. This sculpture, designed by Alexander Calder, is often featured in movies and postcards.

River North
Robert Henry Adams Fine Art, Jean Albano, Bella Vista Fine Art, Chicago Arts and Antiques, Darby Louise, Stephen Daiter, The Golden Triangle, Habatat, Kass/Meridian, Alan Koppel, Lora D., Spencer Weisz and many, many other art galleries await you in this, Chicago’s most concentrated art district.

West Side
Frederick Baker, Thomas de Doncker, Function + Art, Landmark, Thomas McCrmick,
Penny & Gentle Fine Art and many other galleries are featured in this historic distict.

The Loop/Michigan Ave
Aaron Galleries, Tichard Reed Armstrong Fine Art, Colletti Gallery, Fine Arts Building Gallery, Joel Oppenheimer, R.S. Johnson, Malcolm Franklin, Hollis Taggart, Worthington and many more galleries are available for viewing in this popular downtown area.