“The Insider's Guide” Of Where To Go And What To Do In Chicago
Lillstreet Art Center has been offering a creative space for artists, students, and the public to create and support the art community since 1975. Their name derives from the street they used to occupy before they moved into the bigger building in Ravenswood. The center is located in an old 40,000 sq. ft gear factory and is big enough to offer different types of art classes in many separate studio spaces.
The center offers classes and workshops in six departments: ceramics, metalsmithing, jewelry and glass, painting and drawing, printmaking, textiles, and digital arts and photography. These classes vary in level and are available to a wide range of ages so don't be shy in joining.
They also offer a program for children called “Kidstreet”, which offers classes, camp, and workshops to teach kids about art and culture. Their summer art camp is a week-long event that hosts over 2,000 campers each year.
Since they are open to hosting events, Lillstreet Art Center makes a great place to have a birthday party (for kids or adults) or even a bachelorette. You can rent a private studio for three hours, which can be customizable depending on which of the six art departments you want the theme to be.
For professional artists, Lillstreet offers opportunities for them to reside in the space for one year beginning in September. They also offer studio spaces for artists who need a creative space to work and internships for upcoming artists in undergraduate and graduate programs.
Lillstreet Art Center also has a gallery and shop on the first floor and on the rooftop of the building. There, you can see artwork made by their students, artists in residence, or from a local artist looking for some publicity. You can also buy some of this artwork in Lillstreet's shop, which is a great way to help support local artists and the art community as a whole. Their doors are always open so feel free to stop by and explore what they offer. The staff will be happy to give you a tour and tell you about their little art community. Don't forget to stop by Lillstreet's First Slice Pie Cafe on your way out for what they claim has the best pie in the city.