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The Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts

Address

1012 N. Dearborn St.

Neighborhood

Near North Side

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available

Built

1874

Description

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 into individual studios; and created a large sky-lit studio 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

Visit gallery spaces and see artists work in the sky-lit top floor studio.