Unexpected Art in Chicago
Floating World Gallery, 1925 N. Halsted Street, 312-587-7800, www.floatingworld.com
Dedicated to Japanese woodblock print artists including: Hiroshige, Hokusai, Hasui, Shinsui, Jacolet and more! All artwork is done by contemporary Japanese-born artists.
W.P.A Murals at the Uptown Post Office, 4850 N. Broaway, 773-561-1720, www.compassrose.org/uptown/uptown-postoffice.html
The “WPA” (Works Progress Administration) was a federal program established in 1935 “to provide economic relief to those suffering financial hardship”. (If only we had such a program today!) Click the link to visit the website and learn more about the beautiful ceramic murals hiding in plain site in the Uptown P.O. of all places.
Africaribe, 2547 W. Division Street, 773-879-2123, www.africaribe.net
Dedicated to celebrating the African influence in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Not quite an art gallery per se, but certainly decorated appropriately for their mission: promoting culture through the performance arts of music and dance.
Stampland, 2708 W. Chicago Avenue, 773-366-8934, www.stamplandchicago.com
This has got to be one of the most unusual “art” businesses on the planet! Dedicated to fine art stamp designs, the owner has been making and collecting stamps for the past 20 years. They are rubber stamps, not postage stamps. They even offer classes in stamp-making! Cool!
Chicago Hot Glass, 1250 N. Central Park, 773-394-3252, www.chicagohotglass.com
This place is the ONLY public access glass studio in Chicago. It is a glass-blowing studio that offers several classes and workshops in the art of glass-blowing, plus a gallery of professional artists' works.
The plethora of interesting things to see and do in Chicago never ceases to amaze me. The above tidbits came to me through my volunteer Greeter job at the Chicago Office of Tourism. But for that, I may never have heard about these hidden gems. More to come. Stay tuned.