Chicago has a noteworthy art scene that dates back to the founding of the Chicago Academy of Design in 1866. If you’re looking for a more offbeat or intimate art experience, skip the large museums and visit one of these smaller galleries instead. You’ll find everything from street art to photography.
Founded as the Young Hoffman Gallery in the 1970s, Rhona Hoffman took full ownership of the space in the ’80s, showcasing a mix of emerging and established artists. Though the gallery continues to enrich Chicago’s arts community, its most notable contribution to the creative world is its advocacy of female artists. This West Town institution was one of the first to prioritize the exposure of new female artists, helping to launch the careers of Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Cindy Sherman and Barbara Kruger. Rhona Hoffman Gallery is an all-media gallery featuring national and international pieces for every visiting art lover to enjoy.
Nick Dauk contributed additional reporting to this article.