Art Galleries, Chicago’s Culture on the Cheap (Vámonos Vol. 4)

In a recent article in the New York Times Frugal Traveler blogger Seth Kugel offered the advice that “Galleries are frugal travelers’ museums: not only are they nearly always free and nearly never musty, but they also provide insight into the local arts scene that would otherwise require a lot of trendy-cafe eavesdropping.”   When I read this it was a thought to good not to steal.  Here in Chicago we may tend to overlook the treasure trove of galleries available to us free in our neighborhoods.  With this thought in mind I compiled a small list of galleries to check out in the city.

1. Mars Gallery
1139 W. Fulton Market
(312) 226-7808
Wed/Fri/Sat, 12 a.m. – 7 p.m.

2. Packer Schopf Gallery
942 W. Lake St.
(312) 226-8984
Tues – Sat, 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

3. Three Walls
119 N. Peoria St. #2D
(312) 432-3972
Tues – Sat, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

4. Prospectus Art Gallery
1210 W. 18th St.
(312) 733-6132
Wed – Sun, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

5. Antena Gallery
1765 S. Laflin St.
(773) 344-1940
By appointment
Opening Friday, Aug. 5, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

6. Tom Robinson Gallery
2416 W. North Ave.
(773) 227-3144
By appointment only

7. Stephen Daiter Gallery
230 W. Superior
(312) 787-3350
Wed to Sat, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

8. Lunar Burn
1252 N. Central Park
(773) 551-2859
By appointment only

9. Chicago Hot Glass
1250 N. Central Park
(773) 394-3252Mon – Fri, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

10. Casa de La Cultura, Carlos Cortez, Mestizarte
1440 W 18th St.
(312) 738-2606
Hours vary, generally afternoons

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3 Responses to “Art Galleries, Chicago’s Culture on the Cheap (Vámonos Vol. 4)”
  1. Colleen says:

    Galleries are also great places to strike up conversations. And often to do life drawing. I’ve drawn at two of those on your list. Meztizarte and Tom Robinson’s. It’s a pleasure to draw with others surrounded by current art.

    BTW Tom’s life drawing sessions run every Sunday 1-4.

  2. Darren Rohe says:

    I usually visit art galleries at least once a year. *

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