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.
Corbett vs. Dempsey
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.
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.