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The Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts

This is an archived listing.


1012 N. Dearborn St.


Near North Side




This historic Italianate mansion was built in 1876 as a residence for the William Waller family, who acquired the property from George Dunlap, an executive with the Northwestern Railroad. The Wallers built in a neighborhood that had been destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. By the time the Palette & Chisel acquired the property in 1921, it had become a rooming house for musicians, nurses, milliners, and others.

The first floor features two renovated gallery rooms, a stunning dining room and a library and kitchen area that now displays a permanent art collection. The second floor houses several private studios and a drawing studio. The third floor is for painters, providing great natural light for up to 20 artists at a time. The coach house has several private studios and a sculpture studio. And recently restored Victorian gardens line the courtyard and front of the building.

Painting & Sculpting Demos: Several of our teachers and members will be painting and sculpting from live models in our second floor studio, third floor studio and coach house studio.

Archived In

2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019 , 2022 , 2023