Galleries • Museums
River North, Chicago's oldest gallery center, got started in the late 1970s when dealers and artists were drawn to the expansive and dynamic spaces offered by the neighborhood's former manufacturing buildings. The intersection of Superior and Franklin streets is the nexus of the district today, and on Saturday mornings CGN hosts free gallery tours at 714 N Wells.
Opening receptions here for new exhibitions generally take place on the First Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.
The West Side is comprised of established and emerging art spaces in West Town, Ukrainian Village, the Kinzie Corridor, the West Loop and Fulton Market, Humboldt Park, Garfield Park, and beyond.
Many of the area’s hottest restaurants are located in the West Loop and throughout the city’s West Side, making great post-gallery hop destinations.
South of the city center, galleries, museums and unique artist communities can be found in several dynamic and evolving neighborhoods, such as in Pilsen near 18th and Halsted streets; further south in Bridgeport's large buildings that have been developed to provide studio spaces and exhibition venues for artists; and in Bronzeville; and of course Hyde Park, where you will find several museums affiliated with the University of Chicago, plus Jackson Park/Dorchester, home to the Theaster Gates’ Stony Island Arts Bank.
Many galleries, museums and cultural spaces radiate out from the heart of Chicago's downtown, based along the famous Michigan Avenue (popularly know as the Magnificent Mile) and tucked into neighborhoods like the Gold Coast and Streeterville. From Oak Street to the Chicago River, through Millennium Park to the South Loop, you'll find the Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), plus the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and Columbia College. Museum Campus is the lakeside base for the Field Museum of Natural History, the Adler Planetarium, and the Shedd Aquarium.
The North Side of Chicago covers a substantial number of neighborhoods, since it begins (on our map) approximately at North Avenue and extends all the way up to the city's northernmost boundary in Rogers Park. Active gallery districts of this area include, but are not limited to, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Old Town, Bucktown, Logan Square, Lincoln Square, Andersonville, Ravenswood, Uptown and Edgewater.
Suburbs / Midwest
Beyond Chicago's city limits, a vibrant art scene extends in all directions. Chicago suburbs are numerous and filled with galleries and art centers as well as local museums.
We also proudly feature many listings from spaces located over the Illinois border into nearby Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. CGN is proud to be a growing resource to art throughout the Midwest!
- Artists' Books
- Abstract Expressionism
- Antiques and Artifacts
- Audubon Prints
- Chicago Scenes & Regionalism
- Conceptual / Performance
- Early 20th Century
- Eastern European
- Fiber Arts / Textiles
- Fine Prints & Painting – Pre 18th Century
- Fine Prints & Painting – 18th & 19th C.
- Fine Prints & Painting – Contemporary
- Functional Art - Jewelry / Fashion
- Furniture & Decorative Arts
- Graphic Art
- Latin American
- Folk / Outsider
- Modern Contemporary Masters
- Old Masters
- Poster / Lithography
- Pop / Street Art
- Portraits / Portraiture
- Western (The American West)
- Western European
- Wildlife / Nature
- Works on Paper
- Video / Sound