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1527 Otto Blvd

Chicago Heights

IL 60411


708 754 2601

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Union Street
Gallery is a
501 (c)3




Union Street Gallery was founded in 1995 as part of a small business incubation project, subsidized by the Chicago Southland Economic Development. In 1998, the first Gallery Director resigned and the Studio Artists stepped in and began to run the gallery as a collaborative. The artists recognized the gallery’s potential to be an important art resource both locally and on a national level, and the scope of the Gallery increased with the addition of national juried arts exhibitions and educational programming.

In 2004, the Chicago Southland Economic Development lost most of its funding and shut down the project, including Union Street Gallery. The artists realized the importance and positive impact of the gallery on the community so they worked together to keep the gallery alive. In 2005, Union Street Gallery became its own not-for profit 501(c)3 with an official artists collaborative consisting of 16 artists.

Later in 2005, the artists and the Board of Directors secured the building in Chicago Heights with the help of local government officials. The three-story historic landmark building was rehabilitated and retrofitted specifically for use as a gallery and artists’ studio space with two floors of gallery space and a third floor of artists studios. The gallery opened in its new location in 2006.

Thanks to increased funding, the gallery began offering curated exhibits with no exhibit fee, presenting both local and nationally recognized artists. The gallery also began offering more classes and community outreach activities. The new programming allowed the gallery to expose the  community to many more artistic experiences they would have not normally had access to.

Left: images of the building during the rehab

Today Union Street Gallery is the premier arts resource for the Chicago Southland serving 3000 people per year through diverse art exhibits, classes and workshops, and community outreach projects. There are studio artists, guild artists, members, and volunteers, all at varying ages and ethnicity. The Gallery continues to grow and establish itself as a sustainable arts and culture resource for the Chicago Southland


History of the Building

Read the below article on the history of 1527 Otto Blvd published in the December 2010 issue of Historic Illinois by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

Elks Lodge in Chicago Heights...


Union Street Gallery fosters creative expression and appreciation for the arts through diverse and engaging exhibits; accessibility to open studios and a working artist collective; art education programming; and community outreach activities, in order to provide a positive and sustainable arts and culture presence in the Chicago Southland

Union Street Gallery & Studios is open to all artists, emerging, mid-career and established. The gallery strives to support artists by providing a professional environment for their development which includes exhibition opportunities, promotion and education on the business of art. USG links art with the public as well as business and educational communities to enhance appreciation and provide networking opportunities for artists.


Gallery Staff


Gallery Administrator

Samantha Goss


Gallery Assistant

Madeline Henry

Financial Assistant

Susan Henke

Volunteer Coordinator

Nancy Frazier

Gift Shop Coordinator

Madeline Henry, USG Studio Artist

Board of Directors

Officers Directors
Mike "Pete" Petrouski, Board President Vanessa Abron
James O'Leary, Vice President Sam Ciambrone
Carmen Sendejas, Treasurer Larry McClellan
Marjorie Anderson, Secretary & Guild Artist Liason Sonia Perez
Renee Klyczek Nordstrom, Studio Artist Liason Don Ransford

Michael Wasniowski

John Siemianowski



Friends of Union Street Gallery
Friends of Union Street Gallery provide the Gallery and with needed volunteers for exhibitions, receptions, gallery tours, and much more. Come and get involved!



Ardell Arthur Fresh Starts Restaurant & Wine Shop
Michael J. Cap, Ltd. James and Janice Gislason
Robert Christopher Gonzalez & Associates
Accucraft Imaging Inc. Great Frame Up Homewood
Bank Calumet (First Midwest) Greenebaum Bros.
Chicago Heights Junior Women's Club Innophos Inc.
Chicago Heights Park District Matanky Realty
Chicago Southland Convention &Visitor's Bureau Mrs. James G. Patton/Marnan Family
Citizens Financial Ross & Annette Nordstrom
City of Chicago Heights Sage Foundation

In memory of Kimberly Ruge Christman

Shane's Pawn Shop, Chicago Heights

Darlyne & Robert Opie

Solvay/Rhodia, Chicago Heights

First National Bank

Dorothy and Gaylord Donnelly Foundation Ann Ruttliedge-Thieme
Delta Sigma Theta Tina B. Zagone
F.H. Ayer Toi Hutchinson, Illinois State Senator


About Town Partners

Click the links below to learn more...

Chicago Heights Park District

Chicago Heights Library

Chicago Heights Historic Preservation Advisory Committee

The Christopher Art Gallery, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights

The Drama Group, Chicago Heights

Tall Grass Arts Association, Park Forest

Salon Gallery, Park Forest

Visual Arts Gallery, Governors State University, University Park

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, Governors State University, University Park

White Ripple Gallery, Hammond, IN