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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 a working Arts Incubator and Gallery 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 develop the artistic programming, recognizing the gallery’s potential to be a resource for artists all over the nation, and an arts resource for Chicago Heights and the region south of Chicago. The scope of the Gallery increased with the addition of national juried arts exhibitions and educational programming such as field trips and classes.

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 and worked together to keep Union Street Gallery functioning.

In 2005, Union Street Gallery became a not-for profit 501(c)3 corporation and a standalone visual arts agency incubating 16 artists.

Later in 2005, Studio 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, opening in 2006 with two floors of gallery space and a third floor of artists studios inhabited by a working artists’ collaborative. The artists remained in control of the artistic programming.

Thanks to increased funding, in the summer of 2010 the gallery hosted its first ever curated solo exhibits featuring the art of internationally recognized painter Nina Weiss and local photographer John Spomar. The purpose of these exhibits was to introduce the community to the art of both a well known internationally recognized artist and a well known local artist that the community otherwise may not have ever been exposed 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 art outreach projects. There are 16 studio artists, 20 guild artists, and 30 volunteers, all at varying ages and ethnicity.The Gallery continues to grow and establish itself as a sustainable arts and culture resource for the south suburbs.


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 exhibits in a vibrant gallery space; accessibility to open studios and a working artist collective; and engaging classes, workshops and outreach activities, in order to provide a positive and sustainable cultural presence in the community.

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 Director

Jessica Segal


(please use unionstreetart@gmail.com to contact Jessica about USG)


Assistant to the Director

Kate Froemling



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


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

In memory of

Kimberly Ruge Christman

Solvay/Rhodia, Chicago Heights

Darlyne & Robert Opie

Ann Ruttliedge-Thieme
First National Bank Tina B. Zagone
Dorothy and Gaylord Donnelly Foundation Toi Hutchinson, Illinos State Senator
Delat Sigma Theta  

About Town Partners

Chicago Heights Park District

Chicago Heights Library

Chicago Heights Historic Preservation Advisory Committee

The Christopher Art Gallery, Prarie State College, Chicago Heights

The Drama Group, Chicago Heights

Tall Grass Arts Association, Park Forest

Salon Gallery, Park Forest