Sketch Crawls

We regularly get together at noon 
on the third Saturday or Sunday of the month.
Join us if you're in town! 

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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Saturday April 21, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Sketch by: Brian Wright

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Dating back to 1893 and the Chicago World's Fair, this restored architectural gem is a treasure on Michigan Avenue. Designed by Architect Henry Ives Cobb, this Venetian-Gothic landmark originally served as an elite men's club reserved for the privileged, and remained so for 122 years. Re-opened as a boutique hotel in 2015, doors are now open to welcome all at the downtown destination and historic monument. Learn more about this living, breathing ode to Chicago's rich history.

Great News! Lisa Wronski, an architect and member, has agreed to do a short Perspective demo on how to tackle Skyline building and the 8th story view. This is voluntary participation if you would like to learn more about Perspective. She is a fantastic artist and has many Skyline sketches on her Instagram account - check out her work @lisawronski

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees must bring all personal sketching materials- no art materials will be provided. Some chairs will be available with Sketching space first come , first served. Upon arrival , please take the elevator to the 8th floor and meet at 12pm in the White City Ballroom.

Public Transportation: CTA bus #146- Michigan ave bus
CTA lines :closest stations are Adams/Wabash, Monroe/Red line , Randolph /Wabash and Monroe/Blue (warning - none of these stations are handicap accessible)
Milennium Station on the Metric and South Shore lines is a short walk
Buses from Ogilvie train station - please consult map

If driving - try SPOTHERO or PARKWHIZ app to find the best parking deals in the area
VALET PARKING is available at the hotel’s 71 E Madison entrance , hourly rates as follows:
0-4 with restaurant validation $18
0-4 without restaurant $28
4-8 hrs $38

Questions: Please email

  Union Station
Saturday, Feb. 17, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Union Station

225 S Canal St, Chicago 60661


Originally designed by famed architect Daniel Burnham (“make no small plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood”) and completed in 1925 by the Graham, Anderson, Probst and White Firm, the Great Hall is considered to be one of the greatest indoor spaces in the United States.

The rich history and beauty of the Great Hall has made it a popular location for feature films including The Untouchables, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Flags of Our Fathers and many others. Within the Great Hall lies the newly-restored Burlington Room. This room was originally constructed as the Women’s Lounge where ladies traveling could wait for the train and enjoy the services of the adjacent beauty parlor and other facilities. Now it is a flexible event space that will charm any guest. With the perfect touch of history and elegance it is ideal for gatherings of any kind.

Urban Sketchers Chicago has met here many times and continue to be impressed by its presentation of architecture and variety of visitors. It has all of the features we look for in an urban setting and most especially warmth and easy access.

For questions: If you have any questions or if you are having trouble locating the group on the day of the event, call your host Wes Douglas, wed317@gmail or 630-776-2393 mobile.


Architectural Artifacts, Inc.

Navy Pier

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

INITIAL LOCATION:  We'll meet in front of the main entrance. If it is nice weather we'll meet outside (shown in the sketch) and if the weather is cold or rainy, let's meet inside, downstairs in front of the Crystal Garden. 

PARKING: Parking available at Navy Pier 

If you have any questions or if you are having trouble locating the group on the day of the event, call your host Wes Douglas, 630-776-2393

Sunday, April 23, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Architectural Artifacts, Inc.

4325 North Ravenswood Avenue

Chicago, IL 60613

Host: are Alex Zonis and Mary Jo Ernst (847-431-3422)

Sunday March 19, 2017, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 


Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624

INITIAL LOCATION:  We'll meet at the front entrance at noon.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:  Easily accessible by the Green line L. Look for the massive greenhouse building just North of Lake St. on the West side of the street.

PARKING:  Free parking in the Visitor’s Parking Lot just South of the Conservatory entrance.

Garfield Park Conservatory's wesite:

Host:  If needed you can text or call Paul at 773-819-0566.

Saturday, October 29, 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sketching in the Loop, Dick Blick's

Thanks to Blick Art Materials for hosting us, and to Fernanda Vaz for visiting us all the way from Brazil! It was a great day sketching in the Loop.

Saturday, October 22, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Halloween Parade, Chicago Cultural Mile

Exciting and busy day at the Halloween Gathering sponsored by the Chicago Cultural Mile!

Sunday, September 18, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.


Saturday, August, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Unity Church

Host: Alex Zonis and Daniel Young,  773.203.0380

Saturday, June 18, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Jackson Park Yacht Club

INITIAL LOCATION: We will meet at noon at 6400 S. Promontory Drive, behind the wrought iron gate and in front of the historic Jackson Park Yacht Club building.

Jackson Park Yacht Club is a private club, so we will sketch on the docks, park, and areas near the building, but not inside.
Situated in South Shore, along the southern shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Jackson Park Yacht Club is one of the oldest yacht clubs in Chicago. Founded in 1896, shortly after the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, the club was built in the outer harbor across from the old U.S. Coast Guard Station. Primarily, a habor for sailboats, there are powerboats that are harbored here as well.

HOST: Joel Berman

PARKING: There is plenty of free parking to the west and north of the the yacht club, in addition to spaces near La Rabida Childrens' Hospital.

ACCESS BY BICYCLE: Take the Lakefront path south to the end,

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the Red Line to 69th Street, then take the 67 bus east bound. At the end of the line, walk to Promontory Drive.

CELL: On June 18, this phone number will forward to the host's cell: 773.275.5968 x103

Sunday, March, 20, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Architectural Artifacts, Inc.

Host: Alex Zonis, 773.203.0380

Architectural Artifacts is a sprawling multilevel warehouse of upscale architectural salvage & furnishings curated from around the world. From planes and cars to crystal chandeliers to typesetting plates and everything else that you cannot even imagine. If you have not been there before, prepare to be amazed!

4325 North Ravenswood Avenue

Chicago, IL 60613

PARKING: There is a lot of parking available on Ravenswood Ave.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Montrose station on CTA Brown line is the closest.

We will meet right inside the glass entrance in Architectural Artifacts at 12 noon and sketch until 3 p.m. We will gather again at 3 p.m. for a group photo and show of sketches.

AFTER SKETCHING:  Snacks, drinks, and community -

O'Shaughnessy's Pub
4557 North Ravenswood Avenue

Chicago, IL 60640

Saturday, February, 20, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

The Field Museum

HOSTS: Joan Stachnik and Rebecca Banasiak

INITIAL LOCATION: We will meet at 12noon by Sue, the T. rex in Stanley Field Hall at the Field Museum of Natural History (1400 S Lake Shore Drive; 
We will re-group at 2:45 pm for a group photo and to share sketches. 
General admission to the museum is free that day for Illinois residents, so be sure to have an ID for free admission. 

SPECIAL FEATURE for USk Chicago: For those interested, Rebecca Banasiak, our member, artist and Field Museum researcher, has kindly offered to arrange for a tour of the lower level research area. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE TOUR, PLEASE RESPOND TO THE EVENT NO LATER THAN SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7th to provide Rebecca with enough time to organize the tour. The tour should last about 20 to 30 minutes. The meeting time for the tour (or tours if needed) will be announced at the initial meeting time.

PARKING: Parking is available in the Solder Field North Garage, the East Museum Lot (this tends to fill up early in the day), and the lot adjacent to the Adler Planetarium. Rates range from $19 to $22. 

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The #146 bus—Inner Drive/Michigan Express/Museum Campus—stops directly in front of the museum. If arriving via the L, exit at the Roosevelt Red Line Stop – servicing Red, Orange and Green Lines. Connection to the #146 bus is located at State Street and Roosevelt Road.

HOSTS: Joan Stachnik 773-213-0006 (If you are running late or need additional info, please call or text)
Rebecca Banasiak
Alex Zonis 773 203 0380

Drawing of Sue on the banner is (c) Dave Wittekind

Saturday, November 14, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Host: Allana Coxwell Pierce 

INITIAL LOCATION: We met at the main entrance of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel (5850 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637). There are also several nice outdoor sketching areas nearby.

SKETCH NOTES: All sketch materials are welcome in this space. 

Sunday, October 18, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) Open House

Host: Wes Douglas 

 Chicago October is Urban Sketcher's heaven because it is also the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) Open House month. We are planning on touring and sketching the

  1.  McCormick Bridgehouse,
  2. The Oriental Theater and 
  3. The Rookery.