About this listing
The Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, is located at the Bronzeville Artists Lofts, located in Chicago Illinois. The gallery has two resident studios, and a loft gallery. There is a secured entry, and onsite laundry. This space is ideal for artist.
This space is unique because its an art environment, ideal for artists who may want a short term residency in Chicago. Also, our loft is on the second floor over a commercial gallery that gives events, so be prepared on the weekends and in warmer weather to be fully engaged. Artist also host gatherings on the roof deck, and there is always something going on during the peak hours. Be prepared to have an eventful stay.
Off street parking, onsite laundry, roof deck, gallery events, common kitchen area. This is a secured building, so it is a must to secure doors when coming and going. The upper floors are for residents.
There will be a sculpture garden and an outdoor venue in development, and a restaurant will be coming soon. There is a private entrance for residents, that lead to the elevator for the 2nd floor.
Interaction with guests
We have a resident artist who works in his studio, but lives off site. He is very social, just ask him of places to go and what to see, where to eat in the neighborhood. I am out of town when I'm renting my studio, but its okay to email, text or call me if you have any questions or want to say Hello.
Today, the neighborhood is seeing major community-driven revitalization efforts, mostly by wealthy and entrepreneurial African-Americans who value the neighborhood's historic importance. Historic clubs are reopening, and there are a handful of nice coffee shops and restaurants that have opened in recent years. While visiting us you are welcome to be part of our art openings, monthly Trolley Tours, and events hosted by Gallery Guichard our commercial ground level gallery, that are open to the public.
The Bronzeville Area Residents' and Commerce Council has landmark tours of the neighborhood. Tour Sites Include:
Homes – Louis Armstrong, Robert Abbott, Lou Palmer, Nat King Cole and Eta Moten Barnett.
Churches – Corpus Christi, Metropolitan, Quinn Chapel.
Businesses – Bronzeville Coffee House, Negro League Cafe, Sunrise Foods, and Bronzeville B&B.
Historic Sites – Chess Records, Douglas Tomb, Rosenwald Apartments.
The best way to reach Bronzeville by public transport is definitely the CTA Green Line, which runs along State and Indiana, with key stops at 35-Bronzeville-IIT, 43rd St, 47th St (Jackson), and Garfield (Jackson). CTA bus lines travel throughout Bronzeville. A few key routes are the #3. If you are flying into Midway, you can take the Orange Line to Kedzie Stop, transfer to #47, or take the Orange line to Roosevelt transfer to the CTA Green Line your stop is 47th, walk East. If you are coming in from O'hare take CTA Blue Line to Clark/Lake, transfer to Green Line Train to Cottage Grove/63rd going South, to 47th Street stop walk East to the Bronzeville Artist Lofts.
Buy a Ventra Card purchased at a vending machine provides immediate access to all CTA travel while you are in Chicago. Day, 3-day, or Week passes.
Divvy is a fun, easy way to take short trips around the city. Just walk up to any Divvy station kiosk and purchase a 24-Hour Bike Pass using your credit or debit card. Pass holders can print a ride code to unlock a bicycle and begin a trip. Ride codes are good for only one trip.
Other things to note
If you are a musician, interdisciplinary artist, or visual artist this is an ideal space to get some creative work done if you want a longer stay in Chicago. It is okay to use the drawing table in my studio, you must bring your own supplies.
There are several art districts near Bronzeville, in June-Sept there is a free trolley tour to the galleries in and around Bronzeville. In Washington Park there is an arts incubator, on Dorchester there is a Black Cinema House, UIC-Logan Center and Hyde Park is a bus ride away.
If you are a biker the City has the Blue bikes that you can rent, and there are also bike tours provided by Bronzeville Bike Club. 37-1691833
Be respectful of the space, it is a live/work. Keeping the common space clean is a most. (smile). There is a smoking area on the roof deck, but no smoking in my studio, or loft. Sorry no pets. We do have a microwave, and it's okay to store food in the fridge.
I am what others call a free spirit, the last decade I have traveled around the US, and overseas, working with artists, creating projects, and exhibiting for my gallery practice. I can live without TV, I can't live without the internet, and water. I am older, empty nester, so I like a sense of space, and down time to reflect on how good life is. If I'm visiting for sure it is because of work. I love Christian Contemporary Gospel, Jazz, Meditation music that I may get stuck on and play the same thing for hours. (hint). My style of traveling is usually by air, car, train. I've taken the train across country from the West Coast, to the East Coast, and I've travel by train while traveling abroad.