Coalition Gallery The Chicago Artists’ Coalition’s gallery exhibits curated group shows of CAC members’ work. 2010 W Pierce Ave, unit 101 (caconline.org). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72. Wed–Fri noon–7pm, Sat noon–5pm.
Johalla Projects Run by five young local artists, this space usually hosts edgy one-night events, such as shows of zinesters’ art or innovative portraits of Chicago aldermen (pictured). 1561 N Milwaukee Ave, second floor (no phone, johallaprojects.wordpress.com). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72. Hours vary.
LVL3 School of the Art Institute of Chicago student Vincent Uribe often highlights work by classmates or alums of his prestigious alma mater at this apartment gallery. 1542 N Milwaukee Ave, third floor (323-216-0631, lvl3gallery.com). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72. Hours vary.
moniquemeloche In fall 2009, Monique Meloche became the first high-profile Chicago dealer to move from the West Loop to Wicker Park. Her shows of talented artists including Laura L. Letinsky, Davis and Langlois, and Carrie Schneider ensured the crowds followed. 2154 W Division St (773-252-0299, moniquemeloche.com). Bus: 49, 70. Tue–Sat 11am–6pm.
OhNo!Doom Formerly located in Logan Square, this street-art and vinyl-toy emporium moved in January to Wicker Park, where it’s expanded its hip exhibition program. 1800 N Milwaukee Ave (773-698-8348, ohnodoom.com). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 49, 56, 72. Tue, Thu 4pm–10pm; Sat noon–7pm.
Corbett vs. Dempsey Specializing in 20th-century artists with a Chicago connection, friendly cofounders John Corbett (the respected local musician and producer, not Chris in the Morning) and Jim Dempsey (house manager at the Gene Siskel Film Center) put together shows that are scholarly but never stuffy. 1120 N Ashland Ave, third floor (773-278-1664, corbettvsdempsey.com). El: Blue to Division. Bus: 9, 70. Thu–Sat 11am–4pm.
Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center Most of the edgy, intellectual exhibitions at this live/work space are curated by local artists who compete for the privilege. 1034 N Milwaukee Ave (773-235-8874, rootsandculturecac.org). El: Blue to Division. Bus: 56. Thu, Fri 4–7pm; Sat noon–6pm.
FREE Atomic Sketch Evil Olive 1551 W Division St (773-325-9100, atomicsketch.blogspot.com). El: Blue to Division. Bus: 9, 56, 70. The last Thursday of every month, from 6–10pm. A rotating group of street artists assembles at this Wicker Park bar to create new works on the spot, selling them for less than $50. Other artists may join them if space permits.
Wicker Park/Bucktown First Fridays Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N Milwaukee Ave (312-335-3000, flatironartists.com). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72. Fri 6–10pm. $5 suggested donation. The Flat Iron Arts Building’s resident artists show and sell their work at this monthly open-studio event. The Flat Iron Artists’ Association (FIAA) also hosts a larger-scale “smARTshow,” which lasts all weekend, a few times each year.