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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


In 1995 Union Street Gallery is founded as a working Arts Incubator and Gallery.

In 1998 Studio Artists begin developing programs for exhibitions. The scope of the Gallery increases with the addition of national juried arts exhibitions.


2000 Union Street Gallery begins providing docent led free school field trips to augment the missing visual arts in the immediate surrounding schools. Union Street Gallery serves an average of 1000 school-aged children annually. Many of the Studio Artists also participate in programs that bring art and artists to the elementary schools for a day of participation and demonstrations. Numerous higher education facilities use the Gallery to enhance their students understanding of contemporary art & artists by offering field trips and presenting assignments to be completed by visiting the Gallery.


November 2005 the Gallery moves from 1655 Union Avenue, Chicago Heights to a temporary exhibit space at Olympia Plaza, Chicago Heights. The doors to the new Union Street Gallery at 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights open on September 20, 2006. The Gallery is located on Level I & II, art studios are located thoughout Level I, II, and III.


2006 the Gallery begins developing, promoting and administering special activities that relate to the current exhibitions. Programming is focused on intentionally bringing to the gallery events rich in diversity of race, age, gender, arts and engagement from the community.


January 2006 Friends of the Gallery begins as an open forum to the community to express their vision for the Gallery as a community art resource. From this initial group activity a Friend Coordinator emerged. The Coordinator now recruits, instructs, and schedules volunteers as greeters, docents, and as administrative and activity support for the gallery.


Collaborative Arts Guild membership opens March 2007. The Guild is composed of member artists living within a reasonable commute radius of Chicago Heights. Open to professional and emerging artists. The Guild purpose is to serve the exhibit and arts community needs of artists that do not rent studios at USG and to foster growth and expand the network and influence of USG.

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 which 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 purpose is to support artists by providing a professional environment for the development of creative expression, exhibition opportunities, promotion, and art with private, business, and educational communities to enhance awareness and education of the arts and culture.

Gallery Staff
Jessica Freudenberg, Gallery Administrator

Board of Directors

Mike "Pete" Petrouski, Board President Pam Eberlin, Vice President
Marikay Peter Witlock, Liaison Studio Artists Sam Ciambrone, Director
Karen Leluga, Director Sid Doty, Director
James O'Leary, Director Ray Berry, Director

Friends of Union Street Gallery
Friends of Union Street Gallery provide the Gallery and with needed volunteers for exhibitions, receptions, docent led gallery tours, and much more.
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Ardell Arthur Dorothy and Gaylord Donnelly Foundation
Michael J. Cap, Ltd. James and Janice Gislason
Robert Christopher Great Frame Up Homewood
Accucraft Imaging Inc. Greenebaum Bros.
Bank Calumet (First Midwest) Innophos
Chicago Heights Junior Women's Club MB Guardian, Ltd.
Chicago Southland Convention & Matanky Realty
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

Shanes Pawnbrokers and Jewelers
Darlyne & Robert Opie Vida Talandis Catering - Bon Appetit
First National Bank Ann Ruttliedge-Thieme
Tina B. Zagone  

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Chicago Heights Historic Advisory Committee