Thursday, October 17, 2019

Exploring Chicago History as an Urban Sketcher


Sketching History!

This weekend we have an incredible opportunity to explore Chicago and sketch in 350 iconic Chicago architecture treasures downtown and in Chicagoland neighborhoods. USk Chicago is encouraging you all to get together in small groups and visit your favorite Chicago treasure or explore a new one. Click here for site information.

I'll be at Holy Name Cathedral wearing a different hat, or tee shirt in this case, welcoming visitors to that Chicago historic landmark. I hope to get little sketching in, too. If you stop in at HNC be sure to say hi!

Don't forget to use the hash tag #USkChicagoOHC so we can see and share your sketches, a virtual sketch throw down! If you prefer not to post your sketches but would like us to share them for you, email them to me at urbansketcherschicago@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Open for Your Sketching Pleasure!

START TO PLAN YOUR OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO SKETCHCRAWL TODAY!

Sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Center, Open House Chicago will take place on October 19-20. It’s an exciting opportunity to visit 350 iconic Chicago architecture treasures downtown and through out Chicagoland neighborhoods. It’s a free event where you can explore these gems inside and out! It’s also the weekend of our regular monthly sketch meet. 

What to do? Where to go? What ever you want!

Here’s the plan- We are encouraging you to organize your own small groups to tour and sketch together! It can be downtown or in the neighborhoods. Click here for site locations. If you’re willing to host a small group either downtown or in your neighborhood reply to this post and we’ll help you set it up.
Let’s be sure to use #USkChicagoOHC so we can see and share your adventures.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Tri-State Sketchcrawl 1 + 2 = 4!

The Bean inspired us with its many moods!


It’s in the Books, Sketchbooks – Galore and Glorious! 



Gray was the color to start the day but it seemed with every smiling face that joined us the sky got a little brighter. Our Tri-State Sketchcrawl turned out to be a Quad-State Sketchcrawl! Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan sketchers began meeting at 10:00 A.M at the Bean!  

Good Morning!

How Many Times Did You Hear


  • “Are you an Urban Sketcher?”
  • “Where are you from?”
  • “What kind of stool is that?” 
  • “Do you like it?”
  • “Where did you get it?”
  • “How’s the paper in that sketchbook?”
  • And laughter, lots of laughter!








Let the Sketching Begin
Sketchers at work


At 10:30 an informal sketchwalk began led by Kris Van Stockum. She led interested sketchers to the South Garden at the Art Institute, then on to the Chicago Board of Trade and the Rookery. 

Others spread out on their own to find their sketching spots. The Bean was a big favorite!
Some ventured out toward the EL to find their Chicago inspiration.

Lunch was another chance to chat and sketch. So many places to choose from on the list of near by restaurants provided by Gail Dokucu!  







What a Day!


We returned to the Bean at 3:00 to share our work and adventures. Thank you to Evelyn Brody, Bob Glazauskis, and Natalia Gubernov‎ for sharing their photos!

What a day, what a group!


There's More?


Then we were off to Blicks Art Materials on State Street. The perfect end to a perfect day!

Add to the list
  • "We should do this again!"
Thank you all for joining us and thank you to the volunteers who helped make it happen.

Great Shots!!
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

TRI-STATE SKETCHCRAWL Sunday, Sept. 15, 10:00 AM!

Sketch by Aaron Elswick

You've Heard the News, Now Here are the Details!



10:00 AM MEET AT THE BEAN


10:30 AM  SKETCHWALK (Optional)

Our member Kris Van Stockum will lead a loose and leisurely paced Sketchwalk through Chicago Loop. Sketchers who want to join Kris will find her by the Bean. If you prefer to wander on your own or in a small group, that’s OK too. The sketchwalk will be about 2 hours and will depart from the Bean at 10:30 AM. Thank you, Kris!


LUNCH PLANS

  • Cosi 116 S. Michigan - 10 minute walk/0.5 miles from Bean. Flatbread sandwiches and salads. $
  • Panera 2 N. Michigan - 5 minute walk/0.2 miles from Bean. Sandwiches, salads and soup plus bakery items. $$
  • Corner Bakery 224 S. Michigan - 9 minute walk/0.4 miles from Bean. Sandwiches, salads and soup plus bakery items. $$
  • Good Stuff Eatery 22 S. Wabash - 8 minute walk/0.4 miles from Bean. Burgers and fries, also some salad. $$
  • Naf Naf 22 S. Wabash - 8 minute walk/0.4 miles from Bean. Middle Eastern pita sandwiches & soup. $
Thank you Gail Dokucu for compiling this list of cafes where we can eat together in groups!


3:00 PM GROUP PHOTO and SHARING OF SKETCHES at the Bean


3:15 PM GATHERING AT BLICK LOOP STORE

Thank you Blick Art Materials, 42 S State St, Chicago, IL 60603. for your always generous support for Urban Sketchers and our Tri-State sketch crawl. They are expecting us at Blick Loop store at about 3:15 pm and will have gift items and discount coupons for us. Please head to the 2nd floor along the back at the North wall.

New blog posts and sketchcrawls are mentioned in the Facebook group but if you’d like to keep up-to-date by email just fill in your email address in the place provided in the upper right corner under the banner. We look forward to hearing from you!




Friday, August 9, 2019

Join in the Fun!

Come and sketch in a great neighborhood in Chicago!





On Saturday August 17, join us in Lincoln Square for sketching in the square and around the neighborhood!


  • 12:00 p.m. We'll meet in Giddings Plaza at or you can just arrive anywhere and start sketching. Giddings Plaza is located on Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence and Leland and Giddings Street. 
  • 3:00 p.m.We'll meet back at Giddings Plaza to share our sketches and take the group photo.


Parking is available at two public lots at Leland and Western or on the surrounding streets. There is parking on Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Square itself but it's tough to find a spot.The Brown Line Western station is the closest L stop one half block away and the area is served by the following buses: #81 Lawrence, #49 and #49B Western, #78 Montrose, and #11 Lincoln.

Host: Mark Jones 773-517-4680

Thank you, Paul Ingold, for the great sketch!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Are You Ready for More?

 

More What?


Enjoying sketching and air conditioning at
Blicks on N Kingsbury.

Sketching of course!

We had a great time Wednesday sketching  
at Blicks on North Kingsbury! Thank you,
again, Blick Art Materials for your generosity and hospitality! And thank you, MJ Ernst, for the photo!


Oak Park here we come!


Wes Douglas is our host on 
Sunday,
July 21, 2019 at 12 PM – 3 PM.
Scoville Park, 800 Lake St, Oak Park, IL
Meet at the corner of Lake Street and S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park and explore the stomping grounds of Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Hemingway. 




Then

This photo was taken our first year as an Urban Sketchers chapter. On September  16, 2012 we met in Oak Park. The six of us sketched at the Frank Llyod Wright’s home and studio. We had a wonderful afternoon sketching and making plans for Usk Chicago. I don’t remember the nice passerby who took the picture.








And now


My how we’ve grown! Below is a photo of the sketchers from Wednesday’s meet, July 10, 2019,  at Blicks. That's quite a turnout for a hot day in the middle of the week!





Join us in Oak Park on July 21, 2019!



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