The Chicago Arts District encompasses a number of live/work spaces, galleries, lofts, offices, studios and exhibition spaces. Podmajersky Inc. established CAD in 1987 in order to create a destination art community, as well as a place where artists could pursue their entrepreneurial endeavors. The long-running 2nd Fridays Gallery Night is a self-guided walking tour of more than 30 lofts, galleries and retail spaces in the area.
|Venue name:||Chicago Arts District|
1945 S Halsted St
|Cross street:||between 19th and Cullerton Sts|
|Transport:||Bus: 8, 18, 62.|
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This is one of the jewels-in-the-raw of the city. It won't be long before this explodes as the next "It" area, trust me. There are lots of awesome artists and creatives who call this neighborhood home, and show their work in the numerous galleries and alternative art spaces around here. Situated right between Chinatown to the east, and Mexican/Hispster-flavored 18th Street to the west, there's plenty of influences from both whole retaining it's own, special flair. I'm very proud to call the Chicago Arts District home.
Second Fridays are wonderful! Great chance to see interesting art and meet all sorts of people. So glad they are preserving the arts scene!