The greatest concentration of galleries in Chicago can be found in the River North district (Chicago, Merchandise Mart, Orleans, Dearborn). The West Loop (Peoria, Jackson, Halsted) is home to many new galleries; additionally there are many galleries in Bucktown/Wicker Park. For an extensive list of galleries, show openings, and available spaces, check out the Chicago Reader's website. The selections below are just a small part of Chicago's fantastic arts community. To be even further connected, go to and sign up for email announcements of openings, performances, screenings, and projects.

Betty Rymer Gallery

33 S. State St., 7th floor

Recently relocated within the Sullivan Galleries, this gallery shows work tailored to the SAIC community. Openings take place about every two months throughout the year.

The LeRoy Neiman Center Galleries

37 S. Wabash, 1st floor

Sullivan Galleries

33 S. State St., 7th floor

The Sullivan Galleries represent 32,000 square feet of exhibition space—the only academic gallery of its size in the Chicago Loop. The galleries feature exhibitions, performances, lectures, and screenings by guest artists as well as students and faculty at SAIC.

Andrew Rafacz
835 W. Washington St., 2nd floor

Contemporary Art Workshop
5540 S. Greenwood

Founded in 1949, this is one of the oldest artist-run alternative spaces in the country.

Corbett vs. Dempsey
1120 N. Ashland Ave., 3rd floor

Specializes in mid-20th-century American art, with emphasis on Chicago painting and works on paper from 1940–70.

Catherine Edelman
300 W. Superior Ave.

Emphasis on contemporary photography.

Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St.

Affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and founded to exhibit and support innovations in contemporary art, design, and architecture.

756 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Specializing in outsider art, including art brut, nontraditional folk art, self-taught art, and visionary art.

Kavi Gupta
835 W. Washington St.

Monique Meloche
214 W. Division St.

Roots and Culture
1034 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Focuses on emerging artists and fostering dialogue between artists and community.

33 Collective
1029 W. 35th St.

Artist-owned and operated gallery.

119 N. Peoria St., #2D

Western Exhibitions
845 W. Washington Blvd.