If it’s Fall, then it’s time for Art!

| September 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

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Whether it’s your child’s first experience, or he/she has taken an art/dance/music class before, the Chicago area offers a wide variety of classes and workshops through numerous venues. What I have compiled is a listing of some neighborhood art centers and studios that offer courses for children ages 3 through 18. You may be familiar with some of the places on this list, but there are always new centers popping up, and I found a few hidden gems that are worth looking into. For your convenience, I have broken up the list into sections of the city and its suburbs….far north, near north, city, south, west.

Far North

Art Center of Highland Park – 1957 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park, IL (847)432-1888
info@theartcenterhp.org Hours: M-F 9-4p, Sat 9-3p

Evanston Art Center – 2603 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL (847)475-5300

Gorton Community Center – 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL  (847)234-6060 www.gortoncenter.org

North Shore Art League – 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL  (847)446-2870 nsal@sbcglobal.net

Near North

The Galaxie – 2603 W. Barry Street, Chicago, IL (773)267-6018 www.galaxiechicago.com

Lill Street – 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL  (773)769-4226 lillstreet@lillstreet.com

Hours: M-TH 10-7:30p, F & St 10-6p, Sn 10-5p

Lincoln Square Pottery & Learning Center – 4150 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL (773)248-4430 info@comeplaywithclay.com M-F 12:30-9p, St/Sn 1-6p Ages 6-13

City…

Marwen Foundation – 833 N. Orleans Street, Chicago, IL  (312)944-2418  marwen.org

South…

Beverly Art Center – 2407 W. 111th Ave, Chicago, IL (773)445-3838 bac@beverlyartcenter.org M-F 9-9p, St 9-6p

Hyde Park Art Center – 5020 S. Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL  (773)324-5520 generalinfo@hydeparkart.org M-TH 9-8p, F & St 10-6p, Sn 10-5p

Little Black Pearl – 1060 E. 47th Street, Chicago, IL info@blackpearl.org M-F 10-6p, Ages 7-18

South Chicago Art Center – 3217 E. 91st, Chicago, IL  (773)731-9287 sarah@happyartcenter.org

West…

Brickton Art Center – 306 Busse Hwy, Park Ridge, IL  (847)823-6611 M-TH 10-5p, F/St 10-4p
Rumble Arts Center – 3413 w. North Ave, Chicago, IL  (773)278-4441 rumblearts@gmail.com
M/T 10-9, W-F 5-9p, St/Sn 12-7pm

In addition to the art centers listed above, one can Always find courses offered at any of the Chicago Park District neighborhood locations. The Art Institute of Chicago has a school associated with its museum, and they offer non-credit courses for young children through their teens. They also offer tuition waivers and discounted rates for select students.

I am including the locations of three area art supply stores. All the locations have age appropriate materials and lesson plans with which to work. Any home-schooled children will find amazing materials to work with.

The Learning Parent/Teacher Store – 4419 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL (773)769-3737

M-F 9-7p, T-F 9-6p, St 10-3p, Sn 1-4pinfo@thelearningtreechicago.com

Lakeshore Learning Materials – 2255 W. 95th Street, Chicago, IL (773)233.9210  M-F 9-8p, St 9-7p, Sn 11-5p

Lakeshore Learning Materials –1403 N. Rand Rd, Palatine, IL  (847)705-5052
M-F 9-8p, St 9-7p, Sn 11-5p

So, remember, it is Never too early to start your children’s creativity engine. Let them explore color, and clay and line and collage. It will help develop their minds and foster their own creative approach to decision-making and problem-solving.

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