Ready to create a masterpiece? Here are 15 mighty independent art supply stores in Chicago to get you started

by Carrie Bradon | Jan. 21, 2018, 11:30pm |

Chicago has countless mighty independent art supply stores that any artist will adore exploring.

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
(312) 583-9990
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
(312) 920-0300
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
(773) 296-6696
Art supplies, framing services, you name it, Lake View has it.

Martha Mae: Art Supplies & Beautiful Things

5407 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
(872) 806-0988
Martha Mae's prides itself on having an eclectic collection of irresistible items.

The Wasteshed

2842 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 666-5997
This spot turns used art supplies into treasures to be found.

Liquid Artz

1504 W. 18th St., Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 265-1454
Liquid Artz is the perfect spot to find painting supplies and much more.

Flax Art & Frame

220 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 431-9588
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
(773) 276-2323
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
(773) 267-5200
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
(312) 265-1718
Art Supplies in the City has some great deals and is conveniently located.

Arts n Spirits

1921 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 772-3877
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
(773) 840-2456
At Neighborly, you'll find a fun collection of home decor, small gifts and art supplies.

Surreal Rabbit

2059 W. 18th St., Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 285-2795
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
(312) 787-9999
Judy Maxwell is a wonderful option if you are looking for unique gifts or specialty art supplies.

Village Supplies

3622 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 847-3181
Village Supplies carries all the basics and then some.

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