For any true artist, having the ability to create new artwork is akin to a fish having water to swim in; without it, each will find themselves gasping for life, but with it, each will thrive and reach new heights. While artistic talent cannot be purchased, the tools with which to produce art can be: canvases, paint brushes, acrylics, dye, sculptor's clay and many more are necessary, depending on the artist, to create new expressions of an idea.
If you are an artist, or have ever known one, you'll know that having the perfect marketplace to purchase much needed tools is very important. That's where we come in: Chicago is a city of artistic creators who have helped to shape the identity of America, and as such this great city has countless mighty independent art supply stores that any artist will adore exploring.
Here are 15 mighty independent ones that you must check out.
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Artist & Craftsman Supply
828 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
Boasting a great selection and unbeatable prices, this is a must-try art supply spot.
Blick Art Materials
42 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60603
Blick has been in Chicago for a long time and has many faithful customers.
Lake View Art Supply
3228 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
Art supplies, framing services, you name it, Lake View has it.
Martha Mae: Art Supplies & Beautiful Things
5407 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
Martha Mae's prides itself on having an eclectic collection of irresistible items.
2842 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
This spot turns used art supplies into treasures to be found.
1504 W. 18th St., Chicago, IL 60608
Liquid Artz is the perfect spot to find painting supplies and much more.
Flax Art & Frame
220 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60604
Knowledgeable staff make this place a great option if you're not quite sure what you're looking for.
1937 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622
For those who are into wearable art, Beadniks is a great spot where you can come and create your own jewelry.
Rayco Paint Co.
6100 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60646
If you are looking for paints for a larger project, Rayco is the place to go.
Art Supplies in the City
1074 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607
Art Supplies in the City has some great deals and is conveniently located.
Arts n Spirits
1921 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Arts n Spirits is a fun spot where you can bring a beverage and learn to paint, or perfect your skills.
2003 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
At Neighborly, you'll find a fun collection of home decor, small gifts and art supplies.
2059 W. 18th St., Chicago, IL 60608
Surreal Rabbit's fun atmosphere makes for a wonderful spot to bring your friends for a great night of creating and drinking.
Judy Maxwell Home
1349 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610
Judy Maxwell is a wonderful option if you are looking for unique gifts or specialty art supplies.
3622 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60609
Village Supplies carries all the basics and then some.