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Encaustic art | © Daniel X. O’Neil/Flickr
Encaustic art | © Daniel X. O’Neil/Flickr

Must-See Galleries In Chicago's River North

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Updated: 27 October 2016
River North is one of Chicago‘s main attractions. The area, on the city’s North Side, is filled with upscale restaurants, hundreds of shops, and countless activities for the family, making it the perfect tourist destination. River North is also a prime spot for art galleries; it is home to dozens, each unique in its collection. Here are the best galleries to check out while visiting River North’s Art District.

Addington Gallery

Addington Gallery is known for its encaustic paintings — art created with hot wax. This type of art dates to the 4th century BC. The intricate work of encaustic art is prevalent throughout the gallery. 

Addington Gallery, 704 N Wells St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 664 3406


The Project Room

Founded by photographer Patti Bartelstein, The Project Room is a multipurpose art gallery centered on work that is both conceptually strong and evocative. Bartelstein’s gallery combines the visual arts with technology and innovation while engaging topics related to the liberal arts and sciences. At The Project Room, art from all over the world and from all experience levels is displayed. Visit for workshops, talks, or concerts, or simply to take in the art.

The Project Room, 217 W Huron St, Chicago, IL, USA +1  847 400 4626


Andrew Bae Gallery

The Andrew Bae Gallery features art from across Asia. Since 1990, the gallery has been devoted to representing some of the best art from China, Japan, and Korea. The Andrew Bae Gallery focuses on a core group of artists working in collaboration with the gallery, from painters to sculptors. 

Andrew Bae Gallery, 300 W Superior St #101, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 335 8601

Japanese art | © Jean-Pierre Dalbéra/Flickr

Japanese art | © Jean-Pierre Dalbéra/Flickr

Ann Nathan Gallery

Ann Nathan Gallery is a gallery which displays sketches, paintings, and sculptures and houses unique furniture made by artists. The gallery is the concept of longtime director and owner, Ann Nathan, and comprises pieces from both up-and-coming and established artists. 

Ann Nathan Gallery, 212 W Superior St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 664 6622

Jennifer Norback Fine Art Gallery

The Jennifer Norback Fine Art Gallery displays exquisite art from Chicago and Europe. Exhibitions, talks, and workshops help to create an interactive atmosphere for both artists and visitors. Visit the Jennifer Norback Fine Art Gallery to admire art with a glass of wine in hand, attend a lecture, or watch a live musical performance.

Jennifer Norback Fine Art, 217 W Huron St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 671 5945