Chicago Independent Art.
Need an original holiday gift idea? Curious about local urban art? Check some of these local artist run shops…
Sometimes messy is good. Paperish Mess displays a medley of locally crafted items from colorful prints to flashy flasks, original Chicago memoribilia to hand crafted candles. Located at 1955 W Chicago Ave in the heart of serene Ukranian Village this shop epitomizes local art with a dinstinctively creative flare. Drop in and say hi to the owners Lisa & Sean and their adorable shop cat, Mishka.
Vibrant Wicker Park boasts a haven for Chicago Artists, view their wonderful art at The Flat Iron Buildings, located at 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave directly in the middle of all the cool record shops, clothing boutiques, bars & cafes that define this young, hip, and artistically driven community.
Just a 15 minute walk from the hostel in neighboring Lakeview East, Spare Parts is a charming little store with some beautiful items. Some of the prettiest boutique jewelry along with some unique Chicago souvenirs line the walls & cases. Stop in and browse at 2947 N. Broadway before taking advantage of the neighborhoods array of great restaurants and coffee shops.
Take a short trip to beautiful Lincoln Square and stop in Eclecticity. Featuring everything from vibrant trapestries to an extensive collection of handmade greeting cards, this is the ideal art shop to browse. Right off the Western Brown Line at 4718 N. Lincoln Ave, don’t miss the historic fountain just across the street.
Art enthusiasts! Don’t forget we sell all inclusive Art Institute passes for $18 right here at our front desk. Check out all the original Van Goghs as well as the infamous Modern Wing. Stop by our front desk anytime for more details…