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Five Unconventional Art Spaces to Check Out in Chicago

These unique galleries go beyond the usual white walls.

The Franklin
Photos: (galleries) Courtesy of the gallerists

The Franklin

Staged in East Garfield Park in the backyard of Chicago artists Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan, this gazebo-meets-gallery can hold only a handful of visitors at a time, ensuring that each experience is intimate and unusual.

Up next: Finocchio, a group exhibition exploring queer identity. thefranklinoutdoor.tumblr.com

Iceberg Projects

When Daniel S. Berger decided to turn his Rogers Park carriage house into a gallery, he also committed to showcasing artists whose work deals with life on the fringe.

Up next: Barbara DeGenevieve, pieces by the Chicago interdisciplinary artist who died last year. 7714 N. Sheridan Rd. icebergchicago.com
 

6018North

6018North

Housed in a tumbledown Edgewater mansion—think art meets Great Expectations—Tricia Van Eck’s space is a playground for cutting-edge, DIY do-gooder art.

Up next: A series of projects curated for Expo Chicago and the Chicago Architecture Biennial. 6018 N. Kenmore Ave. 6018north.net

Terrain Exhibitions

Bringing new meaning to the term “outsider art,” this space, run by multimedia artist Sabina Ott and writer John Paulett, is on an Oak Park front lawn.

Up next: 2nd Terrain Biennial, which includes pieces by Kate McQuillen and Sonnenzimmer. 704 Highland Ave., Oak Park. terrainexhibitions.tumblr.com
 

Trunk Show
Yes, this gallery is literally housed in a car trunk.

Trunk Show

Pimp your ride at this mobile gallery that is staged in the back of a 1999 Ford Taurus and features bumper stickers by commissioned artists.

Up next: A new collection by locals Eric J. Garcia, Anthony Romero and Josh Rios, and Anne Elizabeth Moore. To find the roving gallery, follow @trunkshowtogo on Twitter.
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