The impact Chicago has had on the art world over the last couple of years is undeniable. From gallery after gallery popping up with sold-out exhibits, to the unrelenting work of street artists trying to put Chicago Street and Sanitation into overdrive, Chicago is a hub for burgeoning young artists trying to make a name for themselves for the sake of art. And you don’t need to be an art snob in order to enjoy it. Especially if it’s free.

The debate of profit vs. not-for-profit art galleries and showcases is a never-ending one. How do you survive without some sort of funding? It certainly isn’t a lack of opportunities. Especially in Chicago, with all of the opportunistic artists trying to get their work in front of the world, more and more locations are opening their arms to them, and to their patrons, as Chicago’s scene is positioned on furthering the community and its inhabitants. It’s evident as many of the best galleries and exhibits in the city are actually showcasing Chicago natives. Coincidence? When visiting the Windy City, you need to make a point to check out these places showcasing The 9 Best Ways to See Free Art in Chicago.