Pilsen Galleries

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Lonely Planet review

Pilsen is the most casual of Chicago’s three main art districts (River North and West Loop are the other two). Works are largely by Chicago locals, and there’s a good deal of folk art. A great time to come here is on Second Fridays , when the 20 or so Pilsen galleries – known collectively as the Chicago Arts District – all stay open late on the second Friday of each month to welcome throngs of wandering art patrons with wine, snacks, and freshly hung paintings, ceramics and photos. It’s free, and takes place between 6pm and 10pm. Pick up a map at the office at 1821 S Halsted St.

Regular gallery hours are erratic, though most are closed Sunday and Monday. For the part of Pilsen where the galleries are located, the number 8 Halsted St bus beats the Pink Line train.

The following are some of the best bets in Pilsen: 4Art Inc , which specializes in large-scale group shows; Artpentry , urban art, with items like vintage luggage fashioned into speakers, usually only open during the art hop; and South Halsted Gallery , a husband and wife who display their cartoon-y paintings and drawings.