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Top Art Show spaces in Chicago, IL

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Art Gallery In The Heart of Downtown Chicago
  • $375/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (1)
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  • Responds within 1 hr
  • Chicago, IL
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Classy & Elegant Gallery in Chicago
  • $196/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (2)
  • 2
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  • Responds within a day
  • Chicago, IL
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Creative Commercial Space at Heart of Pilsen
  • $200/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Responds within a few hours
  • Chicago, IL
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Heart of Wicker Park - Modern, Open Space
  • $150/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Responds within 1 hr
  • Chicago, IL
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A Remarkable Museum in Chicago (BuyOut)
  • $50/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Responds within a few hours
  • Chicago, IL
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Modern, Bright, Studio Kitchen and Lounge
  • $120/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
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  • Responds within a few hours
  • Chicago, IL

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Frequently Asked Questions about Art Show venues

Do I need my own production or event insurance in Chicago?
Yes. All renters are required to carry Comprehensive Liability and Property Damage insurance with liability coverage of no less than $1,000,000.
What protection plans are available for bookings in Chicago on Giggster?
Giggster offers Damage Protection coverage that you can add to a booking at checkout. Learn more about Giggster's Damage Protection coverage.
What types of locations can I book in Chicago?
You can choose from 42 types! Just search for locations in Chicago at giggster.com, then click 'Filters' to look for something specific.
How many Art Show spaces are available in Chicago?
Right now, there are 366 Art Show spaces available in Chicago.
What payment methods does Giggster accept for Chicago bookings?
You can pay for your booking with a credit card, or with ACH or wire transfer for bookings over $4k.
What is the cancellation policy for Chicago guests on Giggster?
Refund options vary, based on when the booking is canceled. Learn more about Giggster's cancellation and refund policy.
What are the cleaning and safety policies for Chicago locations on Giggster?
Now more than ever, your health and safety is our number one priority. We've outlined specific health and safety requirements for both hosts and guests. Learn more about Giggster's COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures.
What locations available near Chicago?
You'll find up to 42 different types of locations in Chicago. Just start a search at giggster.com and narrow things down with the 'Filter' option.
Is there an extra cost to add more attendees to my Chicago booking?
Yes. Pricing tiers are based on group size. For example, if you booked a space for a group of 1-5 for $30/hr, the price per person is $6/hr. Each additional person would increase the rate by $6/hr.
How much are average location rentals in Chicago?
Rental rates vary with the type and features of the location, but the average rate in Chicago is $181 per hour.
Why should I choose Giggster over other platforms offering rentals in Chicago?
Giggster's got your back — and we know our stuff. Our Customer Support team is knowledgeable and accessible, we offer white glove Select service to help you find the perfect location, and we're experts on the unique needs of production teams.
What is the price range for Art Show spaces in Chicago, IL?
Booking prices vary with the property type, features, and rental length, but generally a 1-hour booking will be in the range of $50 to $375.
Which Art Show spaces are most popular in Chicago, IL in 2024?
How do I book a Chicago location on Giggster?
When you find the right venue, you can connect with the host to get additional info and work out the details. Once everything is all set, you can book and pay for the location in a couple of clicks. Learn more about booking locations.
How do I cancel a Chicago reservation request?
You can contact our team to request a cancellation. Learn more about our cancellation policy.

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About Chicago

Chicago is the third-most populous city in the US behind New York and Los Angeles. And with thousands of tourists every year, the city is full of famous attractions as well as museums, galleries, and theaters to enjoy. Chicago also has 570 parks from the small 24-acre Millennium Park to the 1,200-acre Lincoln Park.

Hosting an art show in Chicago is perfect because there are so many art galleries and museums you and your guests can enjoy. The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Smart Museum of Art are the three most popular. And you will have no trouble finding an art show space in Chicago.

Interesting Fact: The Chicago River is the only one in the whole world that flows backward. The city had it redirected in the early 1900s to keep Lake Michigan from being polluted by the river.

Art Show Options in Chicago

Hosting an art show in Chicago takes careful planning and can best be done by hiring local experts in the field to help you. Some of the essential jobs like catering and decorating can be done by choosing one of the locals who are experienced in these skills. But you will also need security, equipment, and maybe even transportation and entertainment.

  • Catering
    If you know your theme and the artists are all chosen, you can plan the food to go with the ambiance. Chicago has everything from backyard barbecues to fancy seated dinners. Or you may just want some hors d'oeuvres and drinks. It will not take much time or work to find what you are looking for in the big city.

  • Furniture and Décor
    Another thing that depends on your theme is the décor and furniture. If you are hosting a casual art show for new talent from all different genres, you can go with just about anything. However, if you are showing work by a famous artist who does dark art, you will want the decorator to focus on that.

  • Equipment
    Besides furniture, you will also need equipment like AV and other tech items as well as expert lighting, sound system, bandwidth, charging stations, and a soundboard or mixer. Whatever you think you may need, Chicago has a plethora of experts in the field to choose from.

  • Security
    No matter what your theme or who your artists are, it is a good idea to have some kind of security in place. Even if it is only one person at the door, you should provide this for those artists who are trusting you with their life’s work.

Art Show Companies in Chicago

There are many art show space companies in Chicago to help you with all the important planning from the largest to the tiniest details. You can find award-winning catering companies, expert décor and furniture planners, and the best security in the country in one city.

  • Kenmare Catering and Events
    Kenmare has been in the catering business since 2005 and has a superior reputation in the Chicago area for its food artistry and excellent service. Because you are having an art show, you should also have artfully designed food and this company is the one to choose for that. But their food is not just pretty, it is delicious too and their menu is eight pages long so they will surely have whatever you need.

  • Bowery and Bash
    For the finest furniture and décor in Chicago, Bowery and Bash is who you want to talk to. If you need special lighting for each of the artworks you are showing or unique furniture to make your show memorable, this place has all that and then some. And this company has been highly recommended by Vogue, The Knot, and BizBash to name a few.

  • Morrison Security
    With more than 30 years of experience in the security field, you can feel safe with the professionals at Morrison Security. They are insured, bonded, and experienced in all sorts of security work from bodyguards to concerts and other large events. Their guards are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week so they will be there when you need them.

Pros and Cons of Art Shows in Chicago

Chicago is a famous city for many reasons and is a popular tourist town with a variety of attractions, parks, and cultural spaces. But all cities have their pros and cons. Find out if having your art show space in Chicago is best for you.

Advantages

  • More parks than anyone
    With more than 500 parks, the city of Chicago has a lot of green space to enjoy while you are in town for your art show. Whether you want to do some boating, swimming, hiking, or biking, there is sure to be a park that fits your needs.
  • Culinary delights
    Chicago also features more than 20 Michelin-starred eateries as well as hundreds of cafés, diners, and restaurants with a variety of foods. The city is famous for its hot dogs, deep-dish pizza, and gyros, so make sure you try some of the local cuisines while you are in town.

  • Plenty of public transportation
    You do not have to worry about driving (or sitting) in traffic in Chicago because the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) boasts 140 bus routes and eight rapid transit routes. The fleet of over 1,800 buses and 1,190 trains will be able to get you just about anywhere you want to be.

Disadvantages

  • Horrible traffic
    Speaking of traffic, you will want to stick to public transport or private car service to avoid driving in the congested city. With over 2.7 million residents and thousands of tourists, the traffic can be pretty bad during rush hour. In fact, it is considered to be the third-worst traffic city in the US.

  • Everything is expensive
    Make sure you bring your necessities with you because Chicago is one of the most expensive cities in the nation. And not only that but the sales tax is outrageous at over 10 percent. Be certain to work with a budget as you set up your art show.
  • Crime is bad

    Avoid areas you do not know and don’t go walking around at night while you are in town because the crime rate is 40 per 1,000 residents. That makes it one of the most dangerous cities in the US.

Famous Locations in Chicago

  • Museum of Contemporary Art
    Of course, you want to visit the art museums while you are in Chicago. The Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 1967 and features more than 2,700 pieces as well as 3,000 art books all dating back to 1945. Some of the famous works include the 1949 Study for a Portrait by Francis Bacon, Jackie Frieze by Andy Warhol from 1964, and the 1986 Rabbit by Jeff Koons.

  • The Chicago Riverwalk
    Whether you start from the confluence of the rivers on West Wacker Drive and West Lake Street or the Riverwalk Gateway Murals at River Esplanade Park, you will love the artwork. It is called an outdoor art gallery with over a mile of art along the Chicago River. And there is plenty more to enjoy with boat tours, parks, and even a museum.

  • Shedd Aquarium
    As an art lover, you will appreciate the beauty of this five-million-gallon aquarium. It was the biggest aquarium in the world when it opened in 1930 and is still one of the largest collections of marine animals in the US. It was also the first inland aquarium with a permanent collection of saltwater fish. You can see more than just fish here though. They also have bugs, amphibians, snakes, birds, and marine mammals.