Gallery 200, an artist co-op, is a creative oasis in downtown West Chicago featuring the work of local artists for sale at affordable prices. It is a division of People Made Visible, an arts not for profit, and is partially supported by the City of West Chicago.
It started over a cup of coffee, with an empty building and two people with a vision. Then Mayor Michael Kwasman and Fredericka Howard, chairman in the Cultural Arts Commission, saw a way to use the vacant space at 200 Main Street to showcase the work of local artists. Gallery 200 was launched in the Fall of 2005 with the help of the West Chicago City Council and thirty artists with faith in what their art could do, to become the first artists’ cooperative in West Chicago.
For several years the Gallery artists used their energy and funds to give the space a fresh coat of paint, acquire display units and continue to bring new art works into the Gallery. This is how the first floor of an 1860’s historical hotel became an elegant space displaying both fine and moderately priced art. The Gallery demonstrates its commitment to the community through events like ArtShare, classes and demonstrations or workshops open to the public. Each month a new Featured Artist exhibit opens with a reception free to visitors.
Gallery 200 has flourished with the support of the community and has become a haven for art lovers. It is a quiet place to browse, view and buy original local art. In 2014, the Gallery transitioned from a city-supported initiative to merge with the not-for-profit art-diverse People Made Visible, Inc. The City of West Chicago continues to generously support and promote the Gallery and its artists.
Thursdays: noon - 6:00 p.m.
Fridays: noon - 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: noon - 4:00 p.m.
103 W. Washington St,
West Chicago, IL 60185
Recent News about Gallery 200
She is known to her family as “The Spider-Mom”. People are often surprised when she tells them she always carries a spool of wire and a crochet hook in a small bag for when she is feeling inspired. Marita Valdizan is a mother and an artist, and her exhibit Expressions – 3 years of Inspiration […]
Gallery 200 103 W. Washington Street Opening Reception for Month-long Exhibit Friday, March 3, 2017 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Gallery 200, now temporarily located at 103 W. Washington Street, will exhibit Art is the Heart of the City in recognition of National Youth Art Month. The exhibit will feature the work of students of seven […]
Andy!’s art is returning to Gallery 200, an artist co-op located at 103 W. Washington Street in the heart of downtown West Chicago, during the month of February. Andy! Kozlowski is an active member of Gallery 200, where he has taught classes and been a featured artist in the past. All Sorts of Art, his […]
Gallery 200, currently located at 103 W. Washington Street, has been host to an art exhibit of works by Pamela Hamilton during the month of January. The exhibit closes on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. with an Artist Reception, to which the public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Gallery 200 Friday, November 4, 2016 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. 103 W. Washington Street Invitation – .pdf 2.8M For Britta Renwick of West Chicago, art is a medium that brings you home. She and her two sons, 16 year-old Sean and 14 year-old Alec, share a multi-generational creative gene that hails from Lucerne Switzerland and […]
West Chicago/Meeting Place A resident of Downers Grove, Maggie Capettini tells stories of place in oils. Her most recent exploration of place focuses on historic downtown West Chicago. These paintings will be exhibited as West Chicago / Meeting Place at Gallery 200, located at 200 Main Street in West Chicago for the month of August. […]