REMINDER: Prepare for Your Art Chicago Weekend


“my congratulations on the new Modern Wing, and the last decade is amazing. The whole world is looking at Chicago.”
– Art Historian Robert Hobbs

Portrait, Julie Blackmon. Courtesy of Catherine Edelman Gallery.

This falls under the sponsored post category, but my endorsement is sincere: it’s time to gear up and start making plans to come to Chicago for the Art Chicago Exhibition. Because it’s not just Art Chicago at the Merchandise Mart, the entire city becomes a massive visual art festival.

Art Chicago has announced its exhibitor list, which ranges from some of the most famous galleries on the globe, to some bold, new local galleries. From Chicago’s own Ann Nathan Gallery, Andrew Bae Gallery, Th!nk Art Chicago and Linda Warren Gallery as well as a strong posse of international galleries: Martin du Louvre from Paris, White Cube London, Galerie Van der Planken Antwerp, Venice Projects and Lausberg Contemporary Toronto and Berlin.

Not to mention the best of the emerging and experimental art at Next.

The Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, Renzo Piano

During this period, almost all the galleries open their doors, the collectors offer private tours, and oh, that’s right, the Modern Wing of the Art Institute – a massive addition created by Renzo Piano – wasn’t open yet last year during Art Chicago. The Modern Wing changed the entire art institute, so in addition to the museum being 30% larger, each area of the existing museum has increased their collection by an average of 10%.

But do buy your airfare now. I’ve been watching Bing’s airfare prediction tool. It’s saying that now, today, is the best time to get your tickets. New York to Chicago is $155. That’s nothing. I’ve also heard from the Merchandise Mart that there are four Sponsor Hotels hotels, and they host the official after parties. Among them, the new Hotel Palomar, (which has an ‘Art in Motion’ theme). I suspect those will be the hotels of choice for all the big collectors and guest curators in town for the Converge Chicago: Contemporary Curators Forum.

Overcome With Sadness, Bob Burdette

I wasn’t going to list these hotel, but I just looked at [DDET their rates.]

Dana Hotel & Spa
660 N State St
Single/Double: $159

Hotel Palomar Chicago
505 N State St
Single/Double: $129

James Hotel
55 E Ontario St
Single/Double: $159

Seneca Hotel
200 E Chestnut St
Single/Double: $109

(More Art Chicago info here)

And I tell you what, if you come to Art Chicago based on this post, and you let us know, I’ll personally take you around the show and introduce you to everyone. I insist that you make the trip and come visit us – I’m like a pushy aunt.  But I say this passionately because there’s an energy here, a building excitement about our scene.  All eyes really are on Chicago now, and if you come to town the last weekend of April, you’ll experience it firsthand.