Wicker Park isn’t only known for its shops, restaurants and nightlife — the art scene in Wicker Park is extremely diverse as well. Explore the multiple art studios at the Flatiron Arts Building or stop by One Strange Bird for an intimate art show experience. Here is your guide to experiencing the best art in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.
Flatiron Arts Building
The Flatiron Arts Building is located in the heart of Wicker Park, and this three-story building is home to dozens of studios for all types of art. Visual artists, sculptors, tattoo artists, and filmmakers share the space at Flatiron, and on the first Friday of every month, the Flatiron Arts Building opens to the public. Guests can explore the expansive building and view art showings, screenings, and unique performances.
Heaven Gallery on Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park is a non-profit art gallery focused on supporting the work of emerging local artists. Heaven Gallery hosts various exhibitions, talks with artists, and film programs throughout the year. Work from artists like Maire Kennedy, Cat Chow, Heidi Van Warren, Rob Lomblad, and others are shown at Heaven Gallery. Upcoming exhibitions include This is the Place from artists Jessica Harvey and Jenny Buffington, which focuses on environmental landscapes through the use of sculptures and photography.
Heaven Gallery, 1550 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 342 4597
Galerie Fledermaus is a particular kind of art gallery that specializes in art from Europe‘s symbolism era. Symbolist art originated in the late 19th century and centers on art created from original thoughts and ideas rather than conventional portrayals of reality. Symbolist artworks from Austria, France, Germany, and Italy are featured at Galerie Fledermaus, and visitors can view seminal symbolist works from artists like Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, and Alphonse Mucha.
Galerie Fledermaus, 2136 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 617 8711
One Strange Bird
One Strange Bird is the quintessential place for arts and crafts in the city, but this isn’t your typical arts and crafts center. One Strange Bird is run by artist Nicole Northway and is a winning combination of an art gallery and gift shop. This space also hosts a variety of art events for both children and adults. Guests can sign up for art classes on painting, drawing, and craft making activities. At One Strange Bird, visitors can spend the day gazing at art from Chicago artists and shopping for a range of handmade gifts like candles, pottery, jewelry, and cards.
One Strange Bird, 2124 W Division Street, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 276 4420
Jackson Junge Gallery
The Jackson Junge Gallery, which is run by Chris Jackson and Laura Lee Junge, is primarily a space for Junge’s original work. Besides Junge’s work, the gallery also features pieces by Chicago artists. The gallery is focused on showcasing the work of local artists and selling art to local aficionados at reasonable prices. Next up at the Jackson Junge Gallery is the TRES exhibit, which will focus on Latin-American identity and is told through the perspective of three Latin-American artists.
Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 227 7900
Public Works Gallery
As you walk through Wicker Park, don’t miss the Public Works Gallery on Damen Avenue. Public Works is a gallery filled with multifaceted exhibits that feature both experimental and contemporary works of art. Each exhibit on rotation focuses on a different range of art, from sculptures to installations to lifelike photography. Past exhibitions include New Observations, Only Real, and Computers Have A Lot To Answer For. A visit to the Public Works Gallery is sure to be a unique experience.
Public Works Gallery, 1539 N Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 529 7128
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