Visual Art in Chicago's Bars, Coffee Shops, and Restaurants

Updated June 17, 2017

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Pairing bevvs with art, what a beautiful thing. Take these into perspective when planning Galleries serving wine, coffee shops hosting local artists - Chicago is full of opportunities to appreciate the visual arts with a beverage in hand. This section includes painting, sculpture, ceramics, film, architecture.

Photo: Appellation

Appellation is an Andersonville Wine Bar with art on display from local artists. Sip from a wine flight and see what's on display. 694 Wine Bar also keeps work by local artists on the walls:


Arbella is an international/travel-themed bar and restaurant with art by Joseph Danger and unique lighting design:


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Michael Carrol, head brewer at Band of Bohemia, sips coffee under the guise of this wall painting:


At the Blind Robin in West Town, you'll find a rotating gallery of art, as well as art by kids from time to time when they run fundraisers for local schools and other causes.

I'm an art collector.

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The first Friday of every month Fulton Street Collective opens their doors to the public for an open house of artwork, wine and good vibes. Sip win and peruse studios and pop-up stands showcasing recent work by FSC members.

Photo: FSC Exposure

FSC also hosts a monthly celebration of Chicago's art and music scene called Exposure (above), which is typically the third Friday of the month. Grab a complimentary Revolution brew, snack on Roots pizza and enjoy the good vibes. 

Try out a weekly figure drawing group named 'Grotesque Burlesque' that meets Thursday nights at The Uptown Underground. Sessions start at 7PM, cost $10, and feature starlets from the Chicago Burlesque scene. 

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