Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Are You In?

Let’s Sketch Chicago-Block 37

Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 12 PM – 3 PM


Let’s start the New Year out sketching at a new location for USK Chicago! We will meet at the top of the escalator, 2nd floor by the ZARA retail store at 12 pm. After sketching and taking our group photo we can stay and try out some of the restaurants at this location

More about Block 37:

Block 37 takes its iconic name from one of the original
fifty-eight city blocks established in 1830. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the city’s early office buildings, The first skyscrapers of the 1890s, and the supermarkets of the 1930s were all built on this site. Serving as an important social space for the neighborhood, Block 37 embodies the forward-looking growth of the city by having stood at the forefront of every major historic market trend for the past century. Continuing with its rich tradition, Block 37 brings together a perfect mix of shopping, dining and entertainment that offer locals and visitors a stylish retreat in the heart of the historic downtown Chicago Loop Theatre District.

Parking: 
Spot Hero and Park Whiz should be quite affordable due to it being a Sunday. There is also a parking garage located below Block 37 for anyone with mobility issues

Public Transportation:
The Red Line CTA State/ Lake stop is very close by

For more info go to www.blockthirtyseven.com

Questions?

Thursday, January 2, 2020

What Do You Know?

Are You Willing to Share?




Thanks to the dedicated crew of Chicago Urban Sketchers and instructors, we've hosted five fun and successful sketch seminars!  USk Chicago's sixth seminar will be July 17-19, 2020 and is in the planning stages.

As in the past, we're hoping for experienced and novice instructors to volunteer and share their areas of knowledge and love of urban sketching with us all. Each 2.5-3 hour workshop is taught twice, once on Saturday and again on Sunday. The rest of the time is yours to enjoy the USk camaraderie and fun!

We're looking for a variety of Urban Sketching topics. Workshops will be given outdoors, in the streets and parks around Palette&Chisel Academy, 1012 N. Dearborn. All our instructors, planners and admins are volunteers. Depending on a number of workshops submitted, there will be a selection process.

Interested?


Here's a direct link to the proposal form

If you have questions about creating a proposal or about details of your workshop, please reach to Alex Zonis or Barbara McCafferty Weeks, we would love to help! You can also send us an email, urbansketcherschicago@gmail.com.




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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Start the New Year on the Right Foot! Sketching!

Are You In?




Let’s Sketch Chicago-Sketchbook Brewery

January 2, 2020

Come ring in the New Year, celebrate the beginning of a creative year at the newly expanded Sketchbook Brewing Company in SE Evanston. They have large tables, beer, and Kombucha. It is bring your own food. Please go to their website to find out more information on this cool location. This is a business so it is appreciated if you make a purchase, however they are thrilled to host us and is not expected.

It is easy to get to, located right across the street from the Main St. Purple CTA Line and the Union Pacific Metra train. There is ample street parking and free 3 hr. retail parking one block south behind Hoosier Mamma Pie company – which is also a great place to sketch if you want to make a day outing.
Mark your calendar!

Thanks Mary Jo Ernst for the sketch and for setting this up!



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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Announcing Usk Chicago Sketch Seminar 2020!




 Usk Chicago is excited to announce our Sketch Seminar 2020!


July 17-19 2020 we're returning to the historic and friendly Palette & Chisel! We've teamed with them for our seminars before with great success and are looking forward to heading back there again.


There are several ways to keep up with Seminar 2020 announcements and information:
Or do all three!


Save the date and keep an eye out for the latest news!


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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Sad But Smart

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"It is with deep regret that the Urban Sketchers Executive Board and Urban Sketchers Hong Kong announces that the 2020 Symposium will not be held in Hong Kong. Please read on for a message from the Hong Kong Symposium team and Urban Sketchers Hong Kong."

Sunday, November 10, 2019

A Great Place to Sketch!




Let’s Sketch Chicago: Garfield Park Conservatory 
Sunday, November 17, 2019 
12 PM – 3 PM
Hosted by Paul Ingold


Join USk Chicago to sketch at the Garfield Park Conservatory.  Look for the massive greenhouse building just North of Lake St. on the West side of the street. We’ll meet at the front entrance at noon. 


  • Easily accessible by the Green line L.
  • Free parking in the Visitor’s Parking Lot just South of the Conservatory entrance.

More information and directions can be found on the Garfield Park Conservatory’s website


Questions? Text or call Paul (host) at 773-819-0566.


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Monday, October 28, 2019

#USkChicagoOHC!

Silly me!

I thought I would have time to sketch during Open House Chicago! 

This is my sketch of Holy Name Cathedral done early in the morning on February 4, 2009, when with out the brave Chicago First Responders the Cathedral would have burned to the ground. I told this story many times OHC2019 weekend.

Over 1,000 people toured Holy Name Catherdral  durintg this year’s open house. We docents barely had a chance to sit let alone sketch! It was well worth it however. 

Sharing a part of our beautiful city is always a joy to me whether it’s done by sketching or through words. 




Sharing Chicagoland!

Enjoy a selection of sketches from USk Chicago members who sketched their explorations during Open House Chicago.




Paul Ingold

"Quick pen and watercolor sketch outside of the Maxwell St Police Station (now UIC Police), Edbrooke and Burnham, 1888.

This station has been in many TV shows. 
It might be most famous for a few scenes from Hill Street Blues (early 80's).

A guided tour took us thru the lobby, holding cells, and gun range. I sketched outside, just as the arctic air rolled in from the lake."







Kris Van Stockum 

"I wanted to explore a neighborhood I don’t usually frequent, so I chose Lincoln Square/Ravenswood. Visited The Zen Buddhist Temple and Dank Haus Chicago, as part of Open House Chicago. Here’s my sketch from The Zen Buddhist Temple on Cornelia."








Nishant Jain

In line at the #glessnerhouse.















Lori Hill 

“Couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go on a #sketch crawl during the Chicago Architecture Center open house at several historic #chicago landmark theaters and buildings.
LOVED visiting the James M. Nederlander Theatre (formerly Oriental Theatre) and sketching art!"











Mark Jones  

"Had the pleasure to get a tour of the former warehouse and distribution site of Bowman Dairy, one of the largest dairy suppliers in Chicago the late 1800’s up to 1966, located at State Street and Root Street in Chicago. Omni Ecosystems has begun a renovation to make it their headquarters. This is a sketch of the doors at the Root Street loading way that separated two of the buildings. Color pencil and Blackwing graphite pencils in a Kohinoor Bristol Smooth Sketchbook."










Tomoko Tanka 

"Sketched Old St. Patrick’s Church yesterday. While drawing it, I started hearing bagpipes and saw many people dressed up coming out...and thereafter newlyweds."












Shruti Vijay 

"I chose to sketch at the @americantobyjugmuseum as a part of Open house Chicago 2019 @chiarchitecture They have a wide and great collection of Toby jugs. It is truly a hidden treasure and a must visit."










Hendriko Teguh Sangkanparan

Hyde Park "Moving to the next point of interest!"



It was a great weekend. Thank you for sharing your sketches!



If you were out there sketching Chicago and it’s neighborhoods as part of Open House Chicago and would like to share your sketches post them in the comments. We’d all love to see them! 


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