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Rule No. 4

Look Up from Your Cup

Restaurants, cafés, and bars have become legitimate springboards for emerging artists—and good places to buy their work at attractive prices.

Garrett Jensen’s drawings at Lula Cafe Photo: Martha Williams

Lula Cafe

The vibe:Bustling, urban-rustic
The art:Curator Melina Ausikaitis, an artist herself, showcases rising stars such as painter Gwendolyn Zabicki and Garrett Jensen, whose charred drawings depicting vintage cars currently hang in the front room.
How to buy:Email Ausikaitis at mausikaitis@yahoo.com.
2537 N. Kedzie Blvd.

Rainbo Club

The vibe:Punk-tinged dive bar
The art:Usually folksy, sometimes raunchy. The latest: painter Eric Claridge’s nature and animal paintings—foxes, squirrels—which give the Wicker Park watering hole a woodsy feel.
How to buy:Ask for a price list at the bar.
1150 N. Damen Ave.

Intelligentsia Millennium Park

The vibe:Buzzy and businesslike
The art:The roastery recently commissioned nine trippy prints by in-house graphic designer Rob Patterson.
How to buy:Ask for the manager, Jeremy Pryor.
53 E. Randolph St.

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