Every second Friday of the month is the opening of Chicago artists’ galleries and workspaces in the Chicago Arts District (1945 S. Halsted, Suite 101) from 6 to 10 PM and The Fine Arts Building (410 S. Michigan Avenue) from 4:30 to 9:30 PM.
Chicago Arts District
If you are near South Halsted and 18th Streets, try to stop at one of thirty independent galleries of emerging, established, and energetic artists. This is a spot to locate unique and trendy creations that would most likely not be seen in a museum. If the WestVillage/Soho in New York City is more your style, venture to the Chicago Arts District. Cost: FREE.
The Fine Arts Building
Around Chicago since 1885, The Fine Arts Building is located directly across Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue, and offers sixty working contemporary artist studios who open their doors every second Friday as well. The building alone is a hoot. But beware as you step into the lobby, you will step into the 19th century. Original ornate design dresses the lobby walls, while a ride up the rickety bronze case elevator to visit the studios is a priceless and mandatory experience. Tell the liftman to stop at the floor with the artists, because there are also studios for theater, music, and dance studios in the building. He will know what you are talking about. Cost: FREE.
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