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.
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>>
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>>
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>>
Growing up art was always more of an escape than a hobby for me. I’d always be in my own world with my Sony Walkman headphones, very fly I know, jamming out and drawing away. As I got older sports, friends, and partying took over my life, leaving my doodles to school work spirals, class desks, and old freight trains in my hometown. Read more>>
I have always had a creative mind with my mother being crafty and my father an engineer and both with a sense of humor. That combination really let me experiment with thoughts and unique scenarios. I was able to excel at both the sciences and the arts. Read more>>
Forrest Grant Davis
Today I’m a writer, Director, editor and photographer who is lucky enough to work commercially with a few large brands, while also working on my second feature film. I moved back to Chicago a few years ago, because I saw the direction that my work in NYC was taking me and I wasn’t happy with it. Read more>>
Shannon Marie Barnes
As many stories go, I have been artistic since I could hold a marker. I was born into a creative family and the arts were encouraged. I have been very fortunate for that. I continued my studies all the way through a masters degree in the arts. While I did have an incredible support system, it was not always an easy world to inhabit. Read more>>
Two and a half years ago, I was at my wit’s end. I was going through a big upheaval in my life and felt very lost. I finally decided to take a metalsmithing class because I remembered back in 9th grade thinking my older friend who helped a lady make stamped jewelry was really cool. Read more>>
Since I remember myself, I always had this urge to express myself. First, I started to paint, then to write stories with illustrations… and in the end, ended up with going to music school, playing instruments. I love playing music and singing songs, that was my first true love. The problem I had with music was that goes really well with alcohol and parties, I did that for a while but eventually got exhausted and had to find other ways to express myself. Read more>>
My professional art career technically started in 4th grade where I sold a Mortal Kombat drawing for $3. Back then, a kid could buy a couple of comic books with that kind of dough. With my new found success as an artist and entrepreneur of $3, I took a short break from the crazy lifestyle of an art career but would officially start back in around 2007 when I was in my twenties. Read more>>