Best art supply stores
This Wicker Park bead and jewelry boutique stocks a plethora of beads, tools, materials and anything else you'll need to make your own jewelry and discover your hidden crafty side. Not an expert? The shop's staff are more than happy to share their tips and tricks. The space has two large work tables so you can set up shop, or even throw a jewelry-making party with your friends.
Head here for all your painting needs: brushes, paints, canvases and easels. In more recent years, the store has expanded to offer custom framing and matting services as well.
Self-dubbed the "Craft Cafe," this Lincoln Park shop is a mecca for knitting and crocheting enthusiasts, stocking supplies and products like speciality yarns and knitting supplies, as well as crafting kits for kids and adults. The store also offers parties, classes and creative camps for creative like knitting, felting, crochet, weaving and jewelry design.
This Pilsen shop is just what you'd expect from Chicago's booming art district: a well-curated selection of products, friendly staff, and a rotating display of unique, local art. Reasonable prices and framing services are a bonus.
Around since 1911, this art-supply chain has become Chicago's go-to for art supplies, offering multiple locations around the city and a seemingly endless selection of products, all at reasonable prices. Starving artists will also love the daily deals and specials offered on the store's website.
The Chicago outpost of a small, national chain of art supply stores, this two-story shop carries hard-to-find supplies, unique gifts and funky novelties. Its knowledgeable staff comes in extra handy for those tricky art projects.
Not your average art shop, this community-oriented, family-owned art supply store boasts 18,000 square feet of warehouse space that offers classes, events, craft fairs and workshops as well as thousands of products that cater to all kinds of art needs—painting, drafting, crafts and even framing.