Chicago is an internationally famous art and design metropolis, with an art scene that is constantly buzzing with new exhibits and events. You should go to some of Chicago's finest museums, such as DePaul's Art Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the National Museum of Mexican Art.
Several Chicago neighborhoods have become art districts throughout the years, with a profusion of art galleries ranging from colorful, experimental studios to museum-like institutions.
First opening its doors in 1976, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery founded the area that is now known as the River North Gallery District, a lively neighborhood in the Near North Side.
Now located at 325 W. Huron Street, the gallery embraces a wide range of genres and artists, offering a variety of work. You can see works from artists such as Deborah Butterfield, John Fraser, David Lozano, and Stephen DeStaebler, among others.
Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago's West Town, founded in 1976 as Young Hoffman Gallery, has established many new artists' careers and is one of the first galleries to provide shows to women artists such as Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, and Sylvia Plimack Mangold.
They focus on international contemporary art in all media, as well as art that is philosophically, formally, or socio-politically motivated. Vito Acconci, Leon Golub, Robert Heinecken, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Sol LeWitt, Robert Ryman, Lorna Simpson, Nancy Spero, Richard Tuttle, Carrie Mae Weems, and Kehinde Wiley are among the artists the gallery has presented and/or continues to exhibit.
Monique Meloche Gallery made a name for itself by discovering emerging talent that others had neglected. Amy Sherald collaborated with the gallery long before she created Michelle Obama's official portrait.
The gallery was founded in 2000 and relocated to its current home in the West Town arts neighborhood in 2018. The gallery is known for thematically difficult works, as well as curatorial and institutional outreach. Rashid Johnson, Candida Alvarez, Ben Murray, Cheryl Pope, and Amy Sherald are among the artists whose work is on display.
Aspect/Ratio, formed in 2012, is a modern gallery that exhibits work by an international cast of contemporary artists, including local visual artist Nick Albertson, New York-based videographer Casilda Sánchez, and Cuban conceptual artist Alejandro Figueredo Daz-Perera.
Their associated artists have been displayed internationally at many prominent institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.