Cultural & Art Spaces

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Perspective Group and Photography Gallery

Perspective Group and Photo Gallery

Address: 1310-1/2 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (224) 200-1155


The mission of Prospective Gallery members is simple: to educate and share a love of fine art photography with their Evanston community. Fine art photography is not restricted to a theme or style; it is photography the artist does not make for anyone in particular. Perspective Gallery consists of 19 members who share a talent and passion for photography.


All events at Perspective Photography are free and open to the public. The gallery showcases a variety of exhibitions each year, including juried shows, invitational exhibitions, solos, a high school showcase and more. Lectures are also hosted there five times each year as part of their “Perspective Series," where art historians, curators, photographers and other experts speak on an art related subject. Stop by Perspective Gallery Thursday through Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. to see amazing art for free!


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Evanston Art Center

Evanston Art Center

Address: 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (847) 475-5300


Get in touch with the community’s creative scene.

The Evanston Art Center combines a sophisticated art gallery with experienced art instruction and community events, meaning there are many opportunities to engage with the local art scene under one roof. Many of the events and all of the galleries are free and open to the public.


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Space 900

Space 900 Gallery

Address: 816 Dempster St, Evanston, IL 60202

Phone: (847) 834-1381


Warmth and passion radiate from Evanston’s Space 900 Art Gallery. This welcoming, open space is run by a group of seven artists with a wide range of skills. Each artist brings a unique perspective and process; yet when combined the art works togehter naturally. About once a year, this group exhibits pieces from all seven artists in one show. Other collaborations between the individual artists are done often throughout the year. When the gallery is not being used its home artists, Space 900 is rented by independent artists to showcase their work and creativity.


The goal of Space 900 is to build a collaborative, friendly environment where art has an opportunity to thrive and expand. Free and open to all the public, these artists hope to foster a welcoming sense of community and continue to celebrate a variety of unique art. See details of their upcoming exhibits and each individual artists work on the gallery’s website.



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Piven Theatre Workshop

Piven Theatre Workshop

Address: 927 Noyes St, Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (847) 866-8049


World-class acting instruction and performances.

Piven Theatre Workshop is a nationally recognized and critically acclaimed theatre with a unique take on training—their Piven technique is “a combination of improvisation exercises designed to bring truth and honesty to an actor’s performance of scripted work.” Piven was founded by the parents of the Golden Globe-winning actor Jeremy Piven and for more than 40 years they have offered stellar performances as well as acting and improv training for children and adults. Piven encourages individual creative exploration through performance in an accepting, community-oriented atmosphere.


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American Toby Jug Museum

American Toby Jug Museum

Address: 910 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

Phone: (877) 862-9687


Unique museum for a unique city.

This free museum is one of Evanston’s quirkiest hidden treasures and features the world’s largest collection of Toby and Character jugs. You can get a free tour of the impressive collection from experts and even hear a lecture about the jugs, some of which date back to 1760.