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Art Handling ABC’s

The real unsung heroes of the art world are the ones who move it – the art handlers, or, if you are on the museum-end of things, the preparators. Here is a shortlist of the local Chicago movers.

Bradtke Movers

Aaron’s Reliable – Offers Fine Art and Antique services as well as Estate and Trust handling.

Affordable – lays claim to a small fleet of 13 trucks and storage facilities. The company’s website has a useful Glossary of moving and shipping terms.

Bradtke Movers – Whose experienced staff specializes in the safe, timely moving of your priceless antique furniture.

Craters and Freighters – offers domestic and international shipping, along with Chicago local pickup.

ICON Services – In addition to the shipping and handling, ICON also boasts a “92,000 square foot concrete and masonry storage and service center designed to assure the highest level of safety required for the storage of all types of fine art and artifacts.” All levels of collection management are offered and this includes: condition reporting

Pickens and Kane – Much like ICON, P&K offers shipping, crating and climate controlled storage. Their main facilities are centrally located near the West Loop and resemble a small city of roads and storage bays.

Terry Dowd – According to the website, “Since 1978, we have worked closely with private collectors, corporations, galleries and museums. Our clients range in location from Chicago, our home base, to points around the world.”

This is by no means an exhaustive list of local art handlers and installers and is meant more as a rough  outline for fine art handling needs. Email chicagoartcollector [at] gmail.com if you have any fine art moving suggestions.