West Loop Galleries
Packer Schopf Gallery
It carves out its niche in "pop surrealism," with spooky, offbeat artists like horror filmmaker (and painter) Clive Barker on...
This West Loop gallery is so groovy it has CSA (community supported art), where you buy a 'share' and receive an allotment of art (maybe...
The Aviary won the James Beard Award for best cocktails in the nation. The ethereal drinks are like nothing you've laid lips on before....
Set up like a swanky beer hall with urbanites young and old sitting across from each other at long communal tables, Publican specializes...
Lonely Planet review
Tucked between meatpacking plants and warehouses, the galleries of the West Loop are the beachhead for contemporary art in Chicago. Though they’re less entrenched than their River North peers, the lower rents here mean larger showrooms. Generally speaking, the galleries also take bigger chances on up-and-coming and controversial artists. Gallery hours typically run from 11am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday; admission is free. Check www.westloop.org for listings. Note that owners often take off a week or two in August.
On the first Thursday of every month the galleries stay open later for a festive art hop, held in conjunction with the River North galleries.
Some of our favorites among the West Loop’s dozen or so galleries are McCormick Gallery ; Packer Schopf Gallery and Rhona Hoffman Gallery .