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Everyone’s gushing over the Art Institute’s Van Gogh exhibit. But, with all due respect to the artist, it’s time to toss your Starry Night poster. Sure, covering your walls with original paintings will cost you, but you don’t have to be Oprah to buy some great starter pieces. Here are four Chicago spots with affordable art (like, real art).

Ronald Leon Hale

Atomic Sketch

Doodlers, prepare for the ultimate night out. This live art event takes place at Green Eye Lounge each month. You’ll watch skilled artists create sketches on the spot; then you can snap up the drawings for less than your Uber ride home. Also: there’s booze.

Green Eye Lounge, 2403 W. Homer St.; 773-227-8851. For more info visit



Sure, peonies on Instagram are lovely. But take in some real photography at this Wicker Park studio. It offers prints from internationally renowned artists--all at affordable costs. We heart that.

1721 N. Damen Ave.; 872-315-2179 or


Rotofugi Gallery

Let’s face it: At some point, nerd culture turned into cool culture. At Rotofugi, you’ll find illustrations and pop art, along with collectible toys. But it’s the solo exhibitions that you should definitely check in on--from robots to vegan taxidermy, you might consider adding a little whimsy to your living room.

2870 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-868-3308 or

Stern Bramson

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

The whole auction thing can seem intimidating, but it's one of the best places to get incredible art without going broke. Take this Stern Bramson black and white photograph. LH estimated it to go for between $600 and $800, and some lucky person took it home for $375. Hot tips: Going, going, gone.

1338 W. Lake St.; 312-280-1212 or


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