The founding of the Fine Arts Building in 1898 was a turning point for art in Chicago.

Visit the new exhibit Art Alone Endures on the 5th floor – free and open to the public – about how its establishment changed Chicago’s arts community forever. Learn about the artists, musicians, craftspeople, and social clubs that transformed this building from a carriage assembly into Chicago’s home for art in all forms.

The Studebaker Theater was a major center of the performing arts – but that isn’t the whole story of theatre in the Fine Arts Building.

Opening in November: a new exhibit, Staging Ground, on the 5th floor – free and open to the public – about how theatre artists in the Fine Arts Building shaped the trajectory of performance in Chicago. Learn about the innovative artists, including the Chicago Little Theatre and Anna Morgan’s Acting Studios, who turned the Fine Arts Building into a center of experimental theatre and laid the groundwork for Chicago’s contemporary storefront theatre movement.