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The Midwest’s number-one attraction is the place in Chicago for lakefront fun. Board a sightseeing or dinner cruise boat, and see a live performance at the outdoor Skyline Stage or acclaimed Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Dine at one of Navy Pier’s many boardwalk restaurants and browse the unique shops and stands (a great place to pick up a souvenir).
You’ll find art galleries, music venues, specialty shops, and great restaurants all located along Peoria’s beautiful RiverFront. Whether it’s a quick bite at a casual café or a relaxing dinner, we have something for everyone. You can enjoy live music and entertainment every weekend, shop the largest Antique Center in Central Illinois or find the perfect gift or home accent at one of our fun and inviting RiverFront shops. Throughout the summer, we offer an endless assortment of outdoor concerts and events. And don’t miss the RiverFront Market featuring local produce, art, and musicians, Saturday mornings, June – September. Peoria’s RiverFront… Where fun, food and friends meet!
Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District
This district is the arts and entertainment destination of the Quad Cities. Located on the Mississippi River, the district ia a revitalized and vibrant area. You'll find art galleries, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, casino, shops and a hotel.
Downtown St. Charles
Located on the banks of the Fox River, historic St. Charles is known for its great antique shops housed in turn-of-the-century buildings. Visit Century Corners Historic Shopping District and Old St. Charles, where you'll find landmark buildings, unique boutiques and nearly 30 restaurants.
Discover cute boutiques housed in historic storefronts in downtown Champaign, including antique and consignment shops. Be sure to stop at PACA’s Architectural Salvage Warehouse, where you’ll find everything from vintage stained glass to ceramic tiles.
Stroll downtown Springfield and check out shops that carry everything from Lincoln souvenirs to one-of-a-kind jewelry and fresh-made fudge. Downtown is also host to many events and festivals throughout the year.
Chicago's own Chinatown features beautiful Chinese-style buildings, as well as exotic dining and shopping experiences that have made the neighborhood a popular destination for visitors and locals alike.
Mt. Vernon Market
Mt. Vernon Market is located at the former armory building in downtown Mt. Vernon and features farmers markets, flea markets, vendor fairs, trade shows, entertainment, and other events throughout the year.
Riverfront Museum Park
Arts and humanities complex housing Discovery Center Museum, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford Dance Company office and studies, Northern Illinois Public Radio offices and Rockford Symphony Orchestra offices.
An eclectic district filled with dining and multi-cultural attractions, Midtown Champaign, with the beautiful Boneyard Creek flowing, connects Downtown and Campustown Champaign.
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - This one-of-a-kind museum features displays of Chinese jade and other hard stone carvings, dioramas, minerals, gemstones, earth science, hands-on exhibits, and a unique gift shop. Group tours are available with reservations, and educational programs are offered.
Unique hand-thrown stoneware pottery, studio and gallery. See website for information. Daily demonstrations and classes. Open daily.
Northern Illinois University
Come tour the Northern Illinois University, catch a show preformed by their Theatre or Dance department, or explore one of their Art Galleries. There is much to do on campus including their new Anthropology Museum, an Observatory, the Huskies Den or take in a game! Their Museums are free to visit, some fees may apply for shows or School of Music Concerts. There is never a dull moment on campus!
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts & Mitchell Museum
Exhibitions, a children's gallery, a permanent collection and special events. Grounds include 85 acres sculpture park, nature trails and bird sanctuary. Hosts annual Cedarhurst Craft Fair.
Restaurants and shopping line this downtwon area. Home to the Itasca Art and Wine Festival. Scenic Riverwalk takes you from the nature center to the waterpark.
Fine art located in the heart of the Illinois Amish country. The Villa Galleries has dedicated its gallery to local artists who have ties to the central Illinois area either through living situation or artwork subject. Photography, watercolors, colored pencil, oil and acrylic, stained glass, and pottery are just a few of the mediums featured in the gallery.
Annie Lee and Friends Art Gallery
Come visit one of Chicagoland's largest full-service art galleries, featuring original art by nationally known artist Annie Lee. The gift shop offers hundreds of unique gifts and collectibles.
West Street Sculpture Park
Wander through this outdoor gallery of large steel sculptures by award-winning local artist John Martinson. On-site metal studio. Open daily.
Illinois Art Gallery
The Illinois Art Gallery is the only gallery in Chicago whose purpose it is to exhibit Illinois art.
Whether you're interested in science or just fishing in the ponds near the buffalo herd you're welcome at Fermilab. Take a self-guided tour of the laboratory, the Art Gallery and science and educational displays. View the grounds from the 15th floor observation area. Visitors may also visit the Lederman Science Center. Performing arts and lectures. Groups welcome by appointment. Public tours are offered every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and as part of the Ask-a-Scientist event on the first Sunday of each month.
Recently named one of the Top Ten Theatres in Chicago by the League of Chicago Theatres, the Paramount continues to provide world-class entertainment—including dance, music, Broadway-caliber theatre, and children’s programming—for an annual audience of 150,000 patrons from over 250 communities. The Paramount also hosts free community events and its opulent interiors provide a spectacular backdrop for private functions such as wedding receptions or corporate galas. (Photography: Liz Lauren & Charles Osgood)
Galena Clay Works
You'll find handmade functional wares and sculptural forms at Galena Clay Works. Pottery is made and sold at this funky two-story studio - from cups to crazyware, sculpture and Galena pottery.
Marion Cultural and Civic Center
The Marion Cultural and Civic Center serves Southern Illinois as an outlet for cultural and artistic opportunities of all types. MCCC is a 1094 seat performing arts center located in the historic town square of Marion, IL. In addition to providing a state-of-the-art theatrical facility at a low rental cost, MCCC also provides a portion of the lobby to display paintings and artwork from Southern Illinois artists.
Sculpture on the Avenue
Come explore the sculptures that have transformed the City of Effingham's avenues into an art gallery. Over 30 sculptures created by some of the Midwest's best known and unknown sculptors bring life to the streets of Effingham as part of the annual "Sculptures on the Avenues" outdoor exhibition. Sculptures on the Avenues is a self-guided walking tour that begins at City Hall, located at 201 E. Jefferson Ave. From there, the exhibition winds in and out of Downtown Effingham. An informative guide, which facilitates a walking tour, is available at the Effingham Visitors Center or City Hall.
The landmark Busey’s Hall/Princess Theater in downtown Urbana is home to Cinema Gallery, representing over 50 professional artists of the Midwest. Media on display are ceramics, drawings, glass, mixed media, paintings, sculpture, and studio furniture. The gallery also hosts 7 special shows each year.
Wicker Park/Bucktown Shopping
The Wicker Park-Bucktown neighborhood is an urban shopping destination that is growing in popularity nation wide. The June 2007 edition of Vanity Fair magazine calls Wicker Park-Bucktown shopping, -- a square mile pulsing with sassy boutiques. Visitors can shop in a gritty neighborhood and find everything from hip resale to boutique chic. The main shopping areas are centered where Milwaukee, Damen and North Avenues intersect. Walk north along Damen Avenue to Armitage Avenue to discover some of the hippest boutiques selling the latest trends. Other unique, one-of-a-kind shopping can be found along Milwaukee Avenue south of North Avenue, featuring discount furniture stores, antique furniture shops, trendy clothing boutiques, art galleries and unique gift shops.
Limited edition prints, framing and pictures.
Stone House Pottery & Gallery
Stone House Pottery & Gallery has much to offer visitors. Gallery openings, demonstrations and 2-day Glaze & Graze classes are bound to keep participants entertained. Functional and decorative pottery, tiles, figurative bronzes, featuring area artists work, as well.
J.R. Kortman Center for Design
Upscale shop and gallery, in downtown Rockford.
Market Place Shopping Center
Marketplace Shopping Center offers all of the big names from larger cities, but without the long wait lines! Shop everything from the Gap, Limited, and Banana Republic, to Sephora, Finish Line and Eddie Baur. Complete with four anchor department stores, this shopping center also offers a varied food court, multiple restaurants, and even a carousel for the little ones.
MANGELSEN - Images of Nature Gallery
Located on Galena's historic Main Street, this gallery features the award-winning nature photography of Thomas D. Mangelsen. They showcase more than 150 limited edition and artist proof prints.
Jacoby Arts Center
Jacoby Arts Center is dedicated to creating opportunities for individual artists in their pursuit of artistic excellence and economic success. The stunning gallery presents works of regional and national artists and the retail shop, known as The Artist Shop, showcases items in a variety of media while providing artists a retail outlet to their audiences.
Little Egypt Arts Association Art Centre
Little Egypt Arts Association is a not for profit artist Co-op that was established in 1995 by approximately 20 local artists and art patrons. It's the largest cooperative art center in Southern Illinois. Offering a gift shop, art classes and workshops.
Fine Line Studio
Give a gift that will be treasured forever. Beautiful graphite pencil and watercolor portraits created from your favorite photos. Homescapes, portraits and pets. Local watercolor prints and notecards available. Gift certificates available.
We specialize in Americana, limited edition prints, custom framing, primitive antiques, gifts and decor. We are located in a 1906 vintage church.
John A. Logan College Museum and Gallery
Named after Civil War General John A. Logan, the college combines modern architecture and a beautiful park-like setting. Memorabilia of General Logan and his wife, Mary, are on display in the museum and art gallery at the college.
The Milagro Studio
Contemporary gold/silver jewelry, precious/semi-precious stones, hand wrought on premises.
Chicago Athenaeum International Sculpture Park
Sculpture from around the world is on display from sunrise to sunset at this park located in Schaumburg's Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center.
Images Framing & Fine Art
Primarily a picture framing destination with thousands of framing choices, Images also serves as a gallery for 2-D and 3-D artists. With 30+ years in business, Images Framing and Fine Art provides you with expert advice that will help you select the correct frame and mats to compliment you and your art.
Affordable Fine Art of Galena
An artist studio and gallery exhibiting more than 80 contemporary original paintings. Artists were "Chicago Artists of the Year" 2009-2011.
Skidmore Art Gallery
Skidmore Art Gallery original artwork by professional artist Mark Skidmore. See artists at work. Art classes for all ages.
Apple River Canyon Photography
Photographer Larry Backe specializes in families, pets and seniors. Commercial also available. Visit his studio and gallery. Portraits by appointment.
Resh Frame Shop & Woodcarving
Resh Frame Shop offers quality custom framing for every budget and every style and professional, friendly service. All custom picture framing work is done on site, and uses archival materials to insure that your work is properly preserved. The frame shop has over 5,000 traditional, Italian & contemporary frame samples to choose from.
Lotton Art Glass Gallery & Studios
Experience the thrill of watching magnificent works of art being created daily out of hot glass. Meet the world famous Lotton family; tour gallery & studio.
Jeanine A Guncheon Gallery Etcetera
An unusual shop that runs the gamut from art, gifts & vintage. Uniquely individual. Owner and artist, Jeanine Guncheon, has a wide collection of her hand painted bowls, furniture, and one-of-a-kind sculptures. Commission pieces on request.
Fine Line Creative Arts Center
Fine Line Creative Arts Center is a nonprofit educational art school that offers classes for adults in a wide range of fine arts, as well as workshops taught by guest artists from around the world. Two galleries are included on the Fine Line campus, where local, national and international artists' works are featured year-round. Special events are hosted by Fine Line throughout the year, including Fine Line Arts Festival, Uncommon Threads, and Christmastime at the Fine Line Show & Sale.
Jeff Adams "Images In Bronze"
Fine art gallery / sculptor, Jeff Adams studio. Tour full-service casting facility. Saturday by appointment.
Stang Arts Studio & Gallery
Stang Arts Studio & Gallery features art classes for both children and adults, along with holding various events throughout the year. The artist, Jamie Stang, also specializes in "paint parties." These parties are great for a group, as they feature great food, drinks, music and art. Jamie helps visitors discover their inner-artist while relaxing in a chic studio-style atmosphere. Check out her gallery while you're there too.
Thomas Kinkade Gallery
The Thomas Kinkade Gallery of Belleville is full of beautiful works by Thomas Kinkade.
Above and Beyond Framing and Gallery
Custom framing, art and gift gallery. Featuring Steve Hanks, Tom Lynch and Scanlan.
Art gallery featuring original artwork as well as Thomas Kinkade, H. Hargrove and Giuseppe Armani figurines.
Anne Lloyd Gallery - Madden Arts Center
The warm, welcoming and slightly funky Madden Arts Center is a richly renovated hub where the Decatur Area Arts Council makes its home. The building houses galleries, classrooms, an art shop, photo lab and rehearsal spaces. The Anne Lloyd Gallery showcases local exhibits as well as extraordinary traveling collections. The gallery spotlights an International Arts Experience exhibition over an 8-week period each summer. Participating in the downtown Decatur “art walks” the gallery holds a “First Friday” reception on the first Friday evening of each month, showcasing a different artist or artistic medium each time.
Arts & More Gallery
Arts & More Gallery offers custom framing, in-home consultations, art classes, hundreds of mats and frames, and thousands of prints. Also, original art by local, national, and international artists.
The Framer's Gallery
If you are looking for a unique shopping experience stop at The Framer's Gallery and see all the great one-of-kind gifts from over 20 local artists including jewelry, pottery, wood carving, photography and various mediums of art work. The gallery also offers experienced custom framing at competitive prices. This is always a fun place to be. Come and enjoy the day on Washington Square.
Hello Galena! is a gallery featuring 65 artists selling and demonstrating artwork. Jewelry, pottery, stained glass, paintings, photography, wooden toys/pens, purses, more! Events, demonstrations & classes.
Maple Avenue Gallery
Maple Avenue Gallery features sophisticated, contemporary works of art that range in price from about $500 to more than $6,000. In addition to the gallery, the company also offers custom framing and art consultations. Every month, Maple Avenue Gallery hosts receptions with live music and refreshments.
Eshelman Pottery is contemporary, functional red stoneware utilizing glazed and unglazed surfaces for a visual and tactile contrast.
Tucker Gallery, Fine Art
Tucker Gallery specializes in contemporary American and European artists. Styles and subjects range from traditional to abstract.
Karen Vroman, MWS/Added Touch Gallery
Gallery. Appointment preferred.
Arts & Artisans, Ltd.
One of Downtown's largest showcases of contemporary American art and jewelry, providing a vast collection of art media including stained and blown glass, metal and wood sculpture and much more!
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, across from the Art Institute, Archicenter features exhibits, a city model, galleries, special events, daily tours and great shopping.
Lockport Street Gallery
Incredible place to browse and shop. Glass jewelry, art and more. From Tiffany to Nedobeck.
Wilhelmina Art Gallery
Browse award-winning oil paintings by Wilma Woldt Krueger. Limited and open edition prints, landscapes, wildlife, still life and portraits are sold.
Theatre Historical Society of America
Theatre Historical Society of America features archives and gallery space showcasing the history of America's theatres in photos, blueprints and artifacts.Rotating exhibits highlight the history of different theatres.
The Village Framery
Featuring original art by Regional artists, fine art photography, fine art prints, custom framing.
Peggie Robinson Designs
An Evanston tradition for 28 years, designer-goldsmith Peggie Robinson and her staff can assist you in your selection of a piece of unique jewelry from their own designs, or help you design a piece just for you.
Strawn Art Gallery
Strawn Art Gallery features monthly changing art exhibits, Early Mississippian and Native American pottery, and the Miriam Cowgur Allen Doll Collection.
The gallery's mission is to continue to expose the art community and provide a portal to fine art and artists of different parts of the African Diaspora. A collaborative of artists, collectors and art administrators who have come together to create a unique art experience, and ensure fine art has a place in the rebirth of Bronzeville.
Native American Art Gallery. Movies and music performed to enrich the public on Native American culture.
The Frameworks -- Dixon
Custom & ready-made frame shops with large selection of prints and framed pictures.
Cedarville Art Glass
Dan Edler, a nationally known artist, creates fine art glass and sculpture. Collectors have been acquiring his work for over 45 years. Visitors are welcome Monday thru Friday: 10 am - 4 pm, or by appointment for large groups.
Main Street Gallery
The Main Street Gallery was created to display the works of juried artist. The art is professionally shown and is available for sale. Blown glass, pottery, paintings, drawings, metalwork, and jewelry are just a few of the art pieces available.
Glass studio nestled in the hills offers a shopping experience. Local glass artists at work using lampwork and fusing techniques.
Art de Triumph & Artful Framer Studios
Art of Chicago and the World. Originals, prints, fine art cards and expert framing. Corporate gifts and event space. Consultation and installation. Open daily.
Granite Bank Gallery
The Granite Bank Gallery was named for the pink Missouri granite used for the building's façade and for its long-reaching roots in Quincy's history. The historic structure invites you through the lobby of an historic bank and into a beautiful example of architectural renewal in Quincy's central business district.
ARTrevolution is a new gallery venue in the Pilsen neighborhood. We are located at 600 W. Cermak, 10 minutes from downtown and 10 minutes from McCormick Place, just east of Halsted Street. With 6500 sq. ft. of open space it is a unique venue for your special event. ARTrevolution has hardwood floors, brick walls, 14 ft. wood beamed ceilings and 2 walls of windows allowing for lots of natural light. We have original art with track lighting, black chandeliers, 2 flat screen TV’s and the ability to project onto an 8 ft. x 12 ft. AV screen. The building has ample parking conveniently surrounding it. Our capacity for a stand up cocktail party is 400 guests. Sit down dinner is 250-300 guests. We have additional space available for a ceremony, pre-function or meetings that can be added to your rental under one roof. Host your next special event at ARTrevolution.
Janet Checker Studio
Original pastels, oil paintings, note cards, posters. Specializing in figurative art, portraits, land and seascapes. Commissions accepted. Classes, workshops.
Roscoe Misslehorn Art Gallery
This gallery features the works of renowned Southern Illinois sketch artist Roscoe Misslehorn, as well as exhibits by contemporary artists. The building is the GM&O railroad depot that was used as a location for the 1967 movie, In the Heat of the Night.
Ten Talents Gallery and Gifts
Ten Talents Gallery features handmade, individual, and unique items by Illinois artists. We offer such items as jewelry, watercolors, ceramics, wood carvings, and much more.
Renaissance House: A Working Art Gallery
The gallery offers classes in art, as well as original art and gifts for sale. Exhibits and events in the performing arts are scheduled throughout the year.
We are a printmaking workshop open to the public, displaying local artists' original prints at reasonable prices. We also offer jewelry, cards, pottery and one-of-a-kind works.
City of West Chicago’s Gallery 200
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Gallery 200 is fast becoming a haven for art lovers as a quality destination for buying and browsing great local art. The gallery, a cultural initiative supported by the City of West Chicago, hosts artist opening receptions, art talks and workshops.
The Next Picture Show
Located in the heart of downtown Dixon, Illinois, The Next Picture Show is a non-profit fine arts center in the Rock River Valley. Our goal is to nurture, develop, educate, foster the arts, and galvanize artists and patrons within the community. The Next Picture Show is open from 8am to 4pm, Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Galesburg Civic Art Center
This non-profit art gallery presents rotating exhibits from local and national artists. Each year the center hosts GALEX, one of the longest running national competitions and exhibitions in the country.
Blue Connection Gallery
The "Art of Entrepreneurship" program (of which the Blue Connection Gallery is an integral part) has been developed to unite the strengths of two of Millikin's Professional Schools: the Tabor School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. This novel combination of two programs enables business students to gain insight into the creative aspects of entrepreneurship while art students of Millikin’s College of Fine Arts learn the importance of marketing their own artwork. You will find all types of art displayed at The Blue Connection. Be sure to stop in and browse -- who knows... a promising student’s work purchased today could turn out to be a valuable masterpiece tomorrow! The gallery participates in the “First Friday” art walks by hosting receptions that trademark the arts community in Decatur’s quaint and historic downtown.
Soho-style art gallery featuring contemporary art that is thought-provoking as well as aesthetic.
Kavanagh and Dempsey Galleries
The Kavanagh Gallery displays nation-wide invitational and juried shows of paintings, pottery, textiles, photography and sculpture, as well as one and two person shows, Fine Line member and faculty exhibits, and our annual holiday extravaganza. The Dempsey Gallery is filled with beautiful works of art in a wide variety of media, created by Fine Line Members. All works on display in this gallery are available for purchase.
Noyes Cultural Arts Center
The Noyes Cultural Arts Center is host to 30 resident artists, and shows eight exhibitions a year at the Noyes Gallery, with a special commitment to the work of emerging artists.
Mattoon Welcome Center & Historic Railroad Depot
Mattoon Tourism & Arts Welcome Center is located in the historic Illinois Central Railroad Train Depot, which also still serves as the Amtrak Station for the Community. The original Railroad Depot was constructed in 1918 by the Illinois Central Railroad, and it was then remodeled in 2011. The Depot is still an active Amtrak Station with 3,000 passengers boarding and un-boarding per month. The welcome center offers a host of information: state-of-the-art schools & colleges, a growing economy, beautiful parks, lakes and sports amenities round out the more favorable quality of life found in Mattoon.
University Art Gallery
This Western Illinois University gallery is dedicated to the study of culture and the arts.
NIU Art Museum
The Museum serves to educate, preserve, exhibit and enlighten by balancing the challenges of contemporary art with the riches of traditional media for a comprehensive examination of visual culture. The Museum pursues its goal of furthering understanding of the visual arts by presenting a balance of high-quality, professional contemporary art exhibitions supplemented by written educational material, gallery talks, artist lectures, panel discussions, symposia and other related activities.
The Vault Arts Collective
The Vault Arts Collective is a unique and eclectic collection of artists and artisans from all of central Illinois. Our 12,000 square foot former bank building is home to over forty artists that have come together to create and sell art with the common goal of sharing their talents with the world and, in turn, bring the world to Tuscola.
The Bishop Hill Gallery
Located at ground level below The Gallery Inn, the Bishop Hill Gallery specializes in artwork and framing. As you enter the gallery, you will notice a great selection of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War photographs and documents, as well as other artwork. You can purchase your art and have it framed by skilled crafts people in the same location.
Art Garden of Palos Heights
Visit the Art Garden which features outdoor sculptures & eco-friendly gardens. Murals & sculptures are also displayed in the Downtown Business District adjacent to the Art Garden.
Kanfer Photography Gallery
Larry Kanfer is a premier photographer of the Midwest landscape with a gallery and photography studio in Champaign, Illinois.
Dixon Main Street
Stroll through downtown Dixon to explore a variety of dining options and unique shopping featuring art galleries, jewelry shops, antiques and more.