Arts Club of Chicago
In operation since 1916, the Arts Club of Chicago hosts three public art exhibits each year in its gallery space on East Ontario Street. The building, which opened in 1997, was the first venue ever owned by the club and features a famous Mies van der Rohe-designed steel staircase. Aside from traveling exhibits, the club showcases works from its permanent collection, which includes pieces by Henri Matisse, Francis Picabia, Alex Katz, and Pablo Picasso, whose first U.S. show was presented by the Arts Club. Exhibits emphasize cutting-edge contemporary work and cover a range of media, including painting, sculpture, and fashion.