Artist & Craftsman Supply - Chicago, Illinois
Parking: Paid meters and two hours validated parking with purchase (Garage at 1 EAST Eighth St with the big blue "P").
Artist & Craftsman Supply
Testimonials From YELP & Google:
"Fantastic art supply store. This shop was a Powell's Books for a number of years until Powell's closed about a year ago. I had no idea someone had moved in to the space until a couple weeks ago when I wandered over to Burnham Mart for lottery ticket. It looks smallish from the outside, but it's HUGE inside. There's a gigantic basement underneath the main floor that is packed with every kind of tool or supply an artist would want or need. Paints, pencils, pens, various kinds of sketch pads, many sizes and types of canvases, brushes, clay... if you can think of it and it's art-related they probably have it. Prices are good. I got a large-size graph paper book, nice sketch pencil, eraser and sharpener for my personal design projects for like $20. When I was checking out the guy asked me if I was a student or a teacher, which leads me to believe they may offer discounts if you're one or the other. Both of the guys working here are friendly, cheerful types and the one who showed me where the graph paper is located was especially helpful and eager to show me where the various sizes were as well as some other kinds of sketch pads (including the pricier velum that some people prefer or require). They even have an electric chair lift so handicapped and elderly people can get down to the basement. An all around great place to shop." ~ John S
"I have to say that I am PSYCHED that this Art supply store has opened up right across the street from my house.... AND its huge!!! I havn't bought a lot there yet.. but while walking around the store in amazement I was pretty impressed by the prices = super competitive. Its nice to have an excuse not to have to go to Utrecht or Blick---all about supporting the local business owners.. and why wouldn't I? Their right across the street!!!!" ~ Christie A
"This is a fantastic art supply store for beginners and the expert artist.The eclectic environment is balanced by knowledgeable and very friendly staff. This is the best art supply store I have seen compared to places like Utrecht and Pearl. Very fair prices and good value." ~ Brian M