Arts: Visual, Performing and Literary Arts in Chicago

Updated August 18, 2016

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Find where to experience literary, visual, and performing arts in Chicago.

Visual Arts
Performing Arts
Literary Arts

Visual Arts

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.

Interested in classes? Verlocal has a variety of creative art classes taught by fellow locals.

Art Classes and Meetups

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. 

Movies, Film, and Cinema

Movies are part visual art and part performing art

Harry Potter fans can now live the dream! 'Butter Beer' is available at a Starbucks near you...

Performing Arts

Performing arts include live music, comedy, open mic, theater and dance. Puppet shows aren't just for kids. Elbo Room hosts live puppet performances at their monthly puppet party, the third Tuesday of every month.

Literary Arts

Literary arts include reading and writing - poetry, novels, and more. Browse where to get lost in a book while sipping coffee, attend an author reading with a glass of wine in hand, or grab a beer at a poetry slam.

Explore Chicago's best places to get lost in a book, borrow a novel, or attend a poetry reading. Bibliophiles can use this map to find a book store, coffee shop, or other nook to get some reading done. The Book Cellar has it all - an independent book store with a cafe that also serves wine by the glass. Melt into a comfy sofa or browse their collection of books, which include local and first time authors. Check out their schedule for a lineup of meet the author events, book clubs, and opportunities to support non profits like 826CHI.

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