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July First Friday

Please join us for the July First Friday! 

You can check out Najee Searcy’s music at and




Sentient Stones Solo Exhibition with Corinne Peterson

This exhibition runs May 7 -July 19 at Gallery 180 located in downtown Chicago at 180 North Wabash.

Corinne Peterson, Walled Interior

“…art making is a force for exploring connections: between past and present, between opposing forces of nature, between intellect and subconscious, and between myself and clay.

I draw inspiration from architectural and natural structures, such as the ancient standing stones I’ve seen in France and England. As I sculpt the clay, I attempt to be open to the universal forces behind their existence. I do this in an effort to understand how such forces shape contemporary experience. My sculptures with openings to the inside give me an opportunity to contemplate complexities of interior life in contrast to the outer form.

Nature has always been a primary source of pleasure in my life. Working with clay connects me to my early roots of growing up on a Minnesota farm. Cracks, fissures, scars and pools of glaze are all part of my personal artistic vocabulary. The colors I use come primarily from rocks, leaves, and other bits of nature I’ve collected and studied since childhood. I use layers of color and often fill the cracks with dark tones for a sense of age. I intend for each work to expose the evidence of its own history, much as people reveal an accumulation of their experiences.”

Alterpolitan – An Indoor Sculpture Garden

Do you Dream of being inside a human sized terrarium? Should that Terrarium be filled with the finest sculpture Chicago has to offer? Then dream accomplished. The Chicago Loop Alliance, Noisivelvet and Art Advisory Ltd have created a massive indoor sculpture garden at 77 S. Dearborn for your enjoyment. The space will be completely transformed with wall to wall living greenery. The garden will be open between May 3rd and may 26th. On May 3rd we will be hosting a reception complete with complimentary beverages and a chance to meet the great artists we have teamed up with. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Exhibiting Artists:
John Himmelfarb , Barbara Cooper, Corinne D. Peterson*, Andrew Arvanetes, Barry Tinsley, Mike Bauer, Darrin Hallowell, Derick Malkemus, Elena Rakochy*, Allen Vandever, Bob Emser, Eric Stephenson, Jason Verbeek, John Hatlestad, Mike Helbing, Ron Gard, Terrence Karpowicz, Victoria Fuller
For more information regarding the exhibition, click here

**Asterisked names depict Lillstreet Artists

May 4th is First Fridays!

With live music by Lydia Landor!  And a special exhibition of work by Lillstreet’s printmaking artist-in-residence Kate McQuillen in Print A.

Karen Avery in Art and the Urban Garden Exhibition at Lillstreet

Art and the Urban Garden

New work by Farida Le Suave

In Paris?  Check out new work by Lillstreet sculptor Farida Le Suave!


February Resumes 2012 First Fridays!

Make sure to come by and see what the artists at Lillstreet have been up to for the past 2 months.

Also, we will have music by the wonderful Andrew Francis!  Andrew played for us during the December First Fridays and did an incredible job, we are so glad to have him back!

Lillstreet Holiday Party and First Friday Event!

Be sure to stop by Lillstreet this Friday from 6-10pm when we will have our annual holiday party.  It will overlap with our monthly First Fridays event.  We will have food, music and art available for purchase.

Lillstreet First Fridays!

November First Fridays

Tom Lucas featured artist for Chicago Artist Month!

Spirit Tools, by Tom Lucas

Check out the interview on Chicago Tonight!

Thomas Lucas from Andrew Roddewig on Vimeo.