Corbett vs. Dempsey Friendly cofounders John Corbett and Jim Dempsey curate shows that are scholarly but never stuffy. Though they specialize in 20th-century artists with a Chicago connection, the duo also highlights contemporary art stars such as Peter Saul and Christopher Wool. 1120 N Ashland Ave, third floor (773-278-1664). El: Blue to Division. Bus: 9, 70. Thu–Sat 11am–4pm.
Firecat Projects In November 2010, artist Tony Fitzpatrick converted his former studio into a gallery that, remarkably, “takes no commission from the exhibiting artists.” 2124 N Damen Ave (773-342-5381). Bus: 50, 73. Mon–Sat 10am–5pm.
Johalla Projects A 2010 exhibition of Chicago aldermen’s portraits introduced Ald. Joe Moreno to the artists who run this space, known for its one-night shows. Moreno helped Johalla’s directors expand their mission to encompass public art: The works they’ve commissioned include the mural outside Wicker Park’s Walgreens. 1561 N Milwaukee Ave, second floor (no phone). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72. Hours vary.
Lloyd Dobler Gallery For almost five years, emerging artists have found a home at this impressive, offbeat gallery. 1545 W Division St, second floor (312-961-8706). El: Blue to Division. Bus: 9, 56, 70. Sat noon–5pm.
LVL3 Director Vincent Uribe’s group exhibitions favor School of the Art Institute of Chicago classmates or alums. 1542 N Milwaukee Ave, third floor (323-216-0631). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72. Sun 1–4pm.
moniquemeloche This former West Loop gallery gained a huge storefront window perfect for 24-hour installations when it moved to Division Street. moniquemeloche complements a strong exhibition program—its artists include Dan Gunn, Justin Cooper and Carrie Schneider—with informative panels and talks. 2154 W Division St (773-252-0299). Bus: 49, 70. Tue–Sat 11am–6pm.
OhNo!Doom Street art and vinyl toys influence the quirky shows at this laid-back gallery and shop. 1800 N Milwaukee Ave (773-698-8348). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 49, 56, 72. Tue, Thu 4pm–10pm; Sat noon–7pm.
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). El: Blue to Division. Bus: 56. Thu, Fri 4–7pm; Sat noon–6pm.