What are the best art galleries in Chicago?

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Lauren Viera

Chicago is home to multiple gallery districts spread all over the city, allowing for gallery-hopping from many different starting points. The oldest and most traditional hub is in the River North neighborhood, and among the two dozen or so spread among a handful of blocks, Russell Bowman Fine Art displays the best cross-section of classic Chicago artists, including Ed Paschke, Roger Brown, Vivian Maier and others.

The most exciting gallery district for emerging artists both local and national is the West Loop, home to Kavi Gupta Gallery, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Carrie Secrist Gallery and others. Those three share the same building, and often plan concurrent openings and events. Several blocks away is  Western Exhibitions, a longtime supporter of unusual emerging artists.

Much further afield in Hyde Park, on the University of Chicago campus, is a local gallery stalwart. Perched on the lofty top floor of an ivy-covered building, The Renaissance Society, nearly a century old, stands in a category its own as a powerhouse of groundbreaking exhibitions.

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