Chicago’s Best Galleries

You don’t need to go to a stuffy old museum to see some great art, especially when it comes to contemporary works. Check out these galleries for pieces from both up-and-coming and established artists, and expand your palate (pun intended).

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

We love this spot because the artists who present here were never formally trained, but it is still taken seriously by collectors and museums. It’s completely non-profit, and even features a permanent collection of over 1,000 pieces. Come for lectures, programs, music, and their extensive research collection.

You can find Intuit at 756 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Corbett vs. Dempsey

via Flickr user Flaxman Library

via Flickr user Flaxman Library

This gallery is dedicated to finding undiscovered artists and is wonderfully diverse. From film to jazz, they cover all the bases, and even have a record store. They host various events, from screenings to talks, and particularly focus on Chicago and the Midwest, with lots of regional pieces.

You can find Corbett vs. Dempsey at 1120 N Ashland Ave.

Renaissance Society

via Flickr user Quinn Dombrowsky

via Flickr user Quinn Dombrowsky

When you’re looking for the next big thing, this is where you come. Located on the University of Chicago’s campus, this place embodies the meaning of avant garde. Many European artists have shows here, it’s hosted contemporary greats from Matisse to Calder, and best of all, it’s free.

You can find Renaissance Society at 5811 S Ellis Ave.