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The Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts


1012 N. Dearborn St.


Near North Side


Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available




Chicago's oldest arts academy was formed in 1895 by a group of artists and illustrators. The founders, including the great sculptor Lorado Taft, wanted more opportunities to produce work from live models. By 1921, the club had grown from eight members to 200 and needed a permanent home, so it purchased a three-story Italianate mansion built in 1874 for William Waller. They turned the drawing rooms on the first floor into gallery spaces; the second floor bedrooms became individual studios; a large sky-lit studio was created on the third floor that is ideal for working from live models. Today, the building is still filled with artists creating paintings, drawings and sculpture.

Visitor Experience

Guests are invited to explore the Chicago-themed exhibition in the first floor gallery, in addition to select private studios on the second floor. On the third floor there will be 12 artists painting from a live model. Across the courtyard in the coach house, there will be several artists sculpting from a live model.