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Thought-Provokers: Northwest Side

Chicago has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around the Northwest Side that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jason Brammer

I do a lot of commissioned murals and other custom work, working with both private and commercial clients. This year, for example, I did two custom-painted drum kits for Jimmy Chamberlin (of the Smashing Pumpkins), a commissioned mural for the Shedd Aquarium, and two custom murals for The Lab, a yoga studio in the West Loop. Read more>>

Ilaria Rossini

I can use my artistic side to choose things like colors and lines and what kind of shapes would be nice to hold and look at as well as being designed for use. I take a lot of inspiration from nature in the colors and textures I use in my work. I particularly enjoy leaving parts of the clay body unglazed on a few designs to show the natural material and provide a contrast to the polished look and feel of the glaze. Read more>>

Dorothy Perry

My intuitive side is a cultivated and valued part of my everyday life, and without making a big deal about it, are usually viewing through my intuition as well as my cameras. I am now a portrait artist capturing fresh, vital moments of local business women, who also entrust me with capturing the beautiful, natural moments of their children and families. Read more>>

Linda M. Barrett

I love to do personal work. Many of these pieces include moody landscapes evocative of a more dream state quality – very different from my people work. The wonderful thing is that Photography, allows me to capture so many facets of life. Some meant to show people how beautiful they are, how enchanting light can make a scene, or how a landscape can become an entire story unto itself. It’s all so wonderful. Read more>>

Shiloh Rowland

I want people to be able to enjoy the planning process and their day and not stress about costs! If a couple or individuals reading this article could take one thing away from me, the most expensive photographer isn’t always the best option, it’s those who sometimes don’t get noticed that will make your day even more special who you can create a lasting relationship with well after the wedding. Read more>>

Michael Kinsch

I was always fascinated by Chicago Architecture growing up. But it wasn’t until I was 18 that I got in photography. I most enjoy checking out and exploring abandoned architecture in Chicago, so I was intrigued to read about a local abandoned hospital not too far from me. Read more>>

Jana Bennett

As I moved farther along in my career, I kept being drawn to the intersection of raw humanity and the brilliance of creation that dance encompasses. The moment of pure exhaustion coupled with an incredibly unique sensitivity to what you are creating, you find this emotional and primal drive to move forward. That is where I find my love of dance. Read more>>

Benjamn Marasco

I have always drawn and painted as long as I can remember. I moved to Chicago from the Metro Detroit area when I was 18 and have been here ever since! Just kind of never stopped drawing and painting. It is crazy to be able to say I do that full time now. Read more>>


  1. Danny Diaz

    August 22, 2018 at 2:56 am

    Thank you So much for being listed among these fine individuals, artists and thought provokers! Truly honored…

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