Art Galleries in Chicago

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Art Galleries in Chicago

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  • Edie S
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    The Thorne Miniature Rooms were absolutely a highlight of my first visit to Chicago and, in fact, one of the most enjoyable museum exhibits I have ever experienced.
    They are AMAZING!!
    If this is the type of thing that appeals to you, then you probably already know it. I don't suppose it would be everyone's thing. But if you enjoy interior design (especially English style), history, crafts, whimsy, imagination, or tiny, fascinating things, you will not be disappointed!!
    There are 68 rooms in this collection (Several more are located elsewhere.). They are wonderfully displayed in framed boxes set into the wall, with thoughtful lighting that contributes so much to their appearance.
    I visited with my teenage son, and we were both enchanted. I hope to return someday with my daughter when she is old enough to appreciate it!
    Written 28 February 2023
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  • isabella k
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    Amazing tour provided by the tour guide Elena. Not only is the art truly amazing, Elena cares what she is talking about and makes it an excellent tour from the start. Her knowledge of all the art, the Ukrainian art and that are that's not Ukrainian, is fantastic and she really makes it a great tour!
    Written 12 September 2023
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
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    My wife and I recently purchased a fine glass antique paperweight from L.H. Selman Ltd. in Chicago to serve as a centerpiece for our extensive Civil War collection of rare and first-edition books, manuscripts, autographs, paintings and artifacts. Until we visited the Selman gallery and museum at 410 South Michigan Avenue, in the historic Fine Arts Building, overlooking Millennium Park and Grant Park and the nearby Art Institute of Chicago, we didn't have any knowledge about paperweights. In less than two hours, we received a thorough education. Selman is a name that has been synonymous with the finest antique and contemporary paperweights for over 40 years. It is the premier dealer in fine art glass paperweights in the United States and its mission is to promote the very best by exhibiting and selling through its gallery and at auction the finest examples made in past centuries and by nurturing new talent emerging from independent studios. It's a fascinating adventure, viewing the largest collection of antique and contemporary paperweights in the world. After it's over, you understand that a paperweight isn't a simple desk accessory. The origin of glass paperweights can be traced to France in 1845, when glass factories such as Baccarat, Saint Louis and Clichy were competing to create the world's finest crystal luxury items, including water sets, tableware and inkwells, then paperweights. Collectors range from kings and American presidents to writers and investors to Truman Capote and Arthur Rubloff. L.H. Selman was introduced to paperweights in the mid-1960s. He began collecting them, started a small mail order business, created a publishing company to distribute information about paperweights, then founded the International Paperweight Society and Museum on South Michigan Avenue. In 2001, he was named "one of the Top Ten People of the 20th Century" to influence the paperweight art form. In 2009, he sold his business to Mitch and Ben Clark. They picked up the torch--or the paperweight--and the Chicago art scene remains in sterling condition.
    Written 14 December 2019
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  • Yessita Oppugno
    Chicago, IL77 contributions
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    A good place to explore artworks from all over the world. They have interesting exhibitions and events to meet the artists and discuss their work. It’s a very good choice to know the beautiful buildings of the University of Chicago while also seeing hidden jewels of art.
    Written 15 February 2019
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  • Rolf A
    Chicago, IL460 contributions
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    Though it's many miles from downtown Chicago, this node of culture is well worth a visit for fine arts exhibits but also for its film programming that often accompanies a current exhibition.
    Written 17 March 2019
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  • David M
    Dayton, OH31 contributions
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    Extraordinary collection and exhibits of nature prints for sale, mostly of John Audubon, but also of others. A must-visit in-person kind of place.
    Written 4 July 2021
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  • Stephanie C
    Mundelein, IL1,488 contributions
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    The Arts Club

    We were invited for a sponsor appreciation night, and were excited because we had never been here before. It’s a wonderful place to come see art exhibits, and have a drink or eat in the restaurant. The apps they passed during the cocktail reception were delicious! Very classy and elegant location, if you are lucky enough to be invited by a member.
    Written 19 August 2018
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  • Barbara NYC
    New York City, NY8 contributions
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    Wrightwood 659 has four floors of beautifully designed exhibition spaces. Contemporary art shines in the warm, spacious galleries. I used the handsome staircases, which offered birds eye views of the next art I was about to see. Not too big and not too small, Wrightwood 659 is perfect for an afternoon of art appreciation.
    Written 29 February 2020
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
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    Wicker Park, by any standard, is one of the fastest rising and most enterprising of Chicago's neighborhoods. And the central hub of Wicker Park is the Flat Iron Arts Building. Located at 1579 North Milwaukee Avenue, at the busy intersection of Milwaukee, North Avenue and Damen Avenue, it was built in 1918 as an office building but was converted in the late 1960s to an all artist studio building, an artists colony that features visual art, musicians of all disciplines, tattoo shops, costume design, film-makers and other genres of art. It also is host to arts festivals, performances and open studio events. With its distinctive white and black terra cotta surface, it is the dominant feature of Wicker Park's main crossroads. And its rooftop deck offers visitors a splendid view of Chicago's skyline. If that isn't enough, every first Friday of the month artists open their studio doors to the pubic and the building is transformed into one big party scene.
    Written 7 October 2020
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  • NIOSHAK
    Kansas City, KS22 contributions
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    You don't wanna miss this as Chicago is one of the most architecturally beautiful places I've ever seen. A lot of history and it was FREE.
    Written 3 February 2014
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  • The Happy Traveler
    Chicago, IL659 contributions
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    There’s Chinatown Main Street then there’s Chinatown Square that’s 2 blocks over and is equally interesting with many shops and eateries. We really enjoyed walking to see special monuments and Chinese shapes built into the walkways. While you’re visiting try venturing over there and taking the culture in!
    Written 7 March 2023
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  • Aiko298
    35 contributions
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    My husband and I were in town and stopped by to see the exhibit about the Japanese internment camps. The exhibit is very well done and the staff are informative and friendly.
    Written 7 September 2017
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  • Alek B
    20 contributions
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    Ann Nathan Gallery is located in River North district of Chicago. This gallery is one of the oldest if not the oldest figurative and representational art gallery in Chicago. Victor, who is the assistant director there, is a very knowledgable and patient person easy to work with
    Written 6 September 2016
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  • NancyW2
    Panama City, FL46 contributions
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    Amazing! I will definitely return to Chicago for their events. The art touches the soul just like they said. The people were friendly and helpful. It’s a must visit.
    Written 19 March 2023
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  • Neta_Avivi
    Tel Aviv, Israel3,546 contributions
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    When I visited, Carl Hammer Gallery displayed "Celebrating Our 40th Year" exhibition. I loved the diverse art work. I recommend visiting and checking out the various art pieces.
    Written 10 October 2019
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