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

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 


What: Let's Sketch with Urban Sketchers Chicago and Fermilab

Fermilab advances particle physics research using a range of techniques, asking different questions and using different tools. All ultimately aim at the same scientific goal: a complete understanding of the laws of nature and the cosmos. For more information

How: For Urban Sketchers, simply show your photo ID and let the security officer know you are “meeting Georgia Schwender at Wilson Hall.” Urban Sketchers Wes Douglas and Peggy Condon will also meet you there.

We will meet in Wilson Hall (15-story high-rise building resembling the letter “A.”) by the reception desk in the Atrium. You'll see it sticking up off the prairie. Weather-permitting, some of you may wish to sketch outside. There are wild buffalo just to the north on the property.

A valid photo ID is required to enter the Fermilab site, and you must also tell the security officer the purpose for your visit. All U.S. state-issued IDs are accepted at the security checkpoints.

Directions: Fermilab's main entrance is located at the intersection of Kirk Road and Pine Street in Batavia, Illinois, about 45 miles west of Chicago. Delivery trucks need to use the entrance at Kirk Road and Wilson Street. There is no street number assigned to this entrance location. When using a GPS navigation unit, please enter the intersection as your destination. Signs posted near the intersection will point you to the Fermilab entrance.

From Chicago, travel west on the Eisenhower (I-290) to I-88 (80 cents). Exit I-88 at the Farnsworth exit, north or right (toll). Farnsworth becomes Kirk Road. Follow Kirk Road to Pine Street. Turn right at Pine Street, Fermilab's main entrance.

From O'Hare Airport, take I-90 east toward Chicago. After just a couple of miles, take I-294 south, toward Indiana (toll). From I-294 take the exit to I-88, the east-west tollway, toward Aurora (toll). From I-88, take the Farnsworth exit (toll). Turn north onto Farnsworth. Farnsworth becomes Kirk Road. Follow Kirk Road to Pine Street. Turn right on Pine Street, the main entrance to Fermilab.

From Midway Airport, Take Cicero Avenue north to the Stevenson Expressway South (I-55) to I-355 North (toward northern suburbs). Take I-355 to the East-West tollway (I-88). Take I-88 West for approximately 10 miles to the Farnsworth North exit and turn right. Travel 2.9 miles to the Pine Street entrance to the Fermilab site.

You can also take the Metra UP West line to Geneva.

NOTE: If you decide on this option, please be sure to let Wes Douglas ( or Peggy Condon know so that we can pick you up and drive you to Fermilab.


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.