Every artist knows that top quality raw materials assist in delivering the best product they can produce. From full-service facilities that host classes, to small intimate family stores, Chicago has a great selection of art suppliers for all kinds of artists. These art stores can inspire creativity and assist in fulfilling the vision of a project you have in your mind.
1. Blick Art Materials
GOOGLE MAP LINK: 42 S. State St. Chicago
Blick Art Materials has been a family owned art supplies store since 1911 and is the largest and oldest provider of art supplies in the United States. They pride themselves on superior customer service, extensive selection, and competitive prices. Blick’s has quality art material for every phase of artistry, whether you’re a professional or amateur artist, art educator, architect, or designer.
2. Genesis Art Supply
GOOGLE MAP LINK: 2525 N. Elston Ave Chicago
This brick-and-mortar store has been a staple in the Chicago art scene for 25 years and it’s online version artsupply.com provides the same level of knowledge and expertise. They have a wonderful selection of supplies for every artist whether you paint, draw, draft, sketch, illustrate, design, make models, plan, build, teach, sculpt, or make prints.
3. Artist & Craftsman Supply
GOOGLE MAP LINK: 828 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago
This small national chain with a location in Chicago has everything for the core base of fine artists and has expanded their quality selection of supplies to new and devoted crafters and young, emerging artists.
4. Lake View Art Supply
GOOGLE MAP LINK: 3228 N Lincoln Ave & 3314 W Foster, Chicago
WEBSITE: Lake View Art
With two locations to serve the downtown arts scene, this smaller yet complete supplies store has everything a seasoned or emerging artist needs.
5. Flax Art and Frame
GOOGLE MAP LINK: 220 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago
Based in the heart of Chicago since after WWII, this art supplies family-run store has been the destination for commercial and fine art, they were always considered the “class act” in Chicago