Space is what fosters a great art scene. The more affordable, attainable, and available space for artistic exploration and discovery. With a city center that spans over 600 square kilometers and real estate prices that don’t make headlines, Chicago is still a place where innovation, and the art gallery can thrive.

We’re often in the Windy City, whether for business or pleasure (but always a bit of both), and have honed a roster of must-visit galleries in town: the best of the Midwest.

Shane Campbell Gallery

One of Chicago’s leading galleries, Shane Campbell Gallery represents a roster full of talked-about young artists like Paul Cowan, Alex Becerra, and Lisa Williamson, as well as artworld darlings such as Adam Pendleton. The gallery hosts two locations, one an expansive warehouse white cube in Chicago’s South Loop, the other private by-appointment only apartment-style space that allows patrons to see fine art in situ. Our favorite thing about Shane Campbell, though? Their recommended reading. Heavy on the T.J. Clark, please.

Image courtesy of Shane Campbell Gallery.

Image courtesy of Shane Campbell Gallery.

Document Gallery

Part commercial gallery, part printmaking studio, Document Gallery is one of Chicago’s most innovative models. Since 2011, Document has been a space of critical engagement for artists such as Sterling Lawrence (a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), and Chicago-born artist Phillip Maisel. The gallery also represents the late Brazilian artist Geraldo de Barros who was an essential artist in pushing forward abstract photography. In the burgeoning arts district West Town, Document is an essential stop in the city.

Image courtesy of Document Gallery.

Image courtesy of Document Gallery.

Kavi Gupta Gallery

Chicago’s heavy-hitting Kavi Gutpa gallery represents some of the city’s most important artists such as McArthur Binion and Gerald Williams. A regular presence at the international art fair circuit (Art Basel Miami, The Armory Show) the gallery holds two locations in Chicago (and a now-shuttered spot in Berlin) with two distinct exhibitions simultaneously—almost a two-for-one deal.

Catherine Edelman Gallery

The Catherine Edelman Gallery has been a staple in the Chicago art scene since 1987. Exhibiting primarily photography, the gallery has, through its 30 years, worked with recognizable artists such as Joel-Peter Witkin and Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. From classic to contemporary, each show at Catherine Edelman is a considered presentation of some of photography’s best.

Image courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery.

Image courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery.

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