A guide to Chicago’s Epiphany Center for the Arts
Art lovers simply have to add Chicago to their ‘must visit’ list. From striking structures and slick street art to some of the country’s best art galleries and institutions, the city truly has it all.
There are so many standout spots to visit in a city so rich in culture like Chicago that it can be difficult to choose where to head to first. One of the places we recommend adding to your itinerary is the iconic Epiphany Center for the Arts – a 42,000 square-foot cultural hub that runs diverse and inclusive creative programming to entertain, connect and support both the local community and artists alike.
Housed in the restored historic Church of the Epiphany, you can expect everything from dance to theater, literary arts to comedy and magic to performance art.
If you’re looking for a unique and creative experience in the heart of Chicago, this place is it. Here’s everything you need to know for your next visit to the Epiphany Center for the Arts.
What to Expect:
Aiming to bring Chicago Together “For the Good of Art, Entertainment and Events”, the Epiphany Center for the Arts offers a wide range of programs and events that cater to people of all ages and backgrounds including visual arts, dance, theater, music, and film. This includes three unique live music venues and a range of amenities such as art studios, classrooms, exhibit spaces, galleries and more.
The center also collaborates with nonprofits, museums, artists and activists to produce diverse programming that explore everything from house music to LGBTQ rights, to gun violence, to mental health therapy.
The Epiphany Center for the Arts features rotating exhibitions of contemporary art by both established and emerging artists. Visitors can expect to see a variety of mediums, from paintings and photographs to sculptures and installations. You can find information about current and upcoming exhibitions here.
The performance art program at the Epiphany Center for the Arts is carefully curated to complement the live music offerings and includes a range of genres, including dance, theater, literary arts, comedy and magic.
With a variety of creative and unique performances to choose from every day of the week, there is truly something for all tastes (we promise!). The center’s music offerings are diverse and cater to all ages with a mix of traditional and modern styles including Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Funk, Classical, R&B, Soul, Folk, House, Fusion, Indie, Hip Hop, Bedroom Pop, Lounge, and Rap. We told you there was something for everyone…
Whether you’re 17 or 70, you’re sure to find something that suits your taste so be sure to check out their upcoming events schedule here.
Workshops and Classes
The center offers a variety of workshops and classes in the arts which are taught by talented professionals. These classes are open to people of all ages and abilities and are a great way to get involved with the local area and truly connect with others.
You can find more information about Epiphany Center for the Arts’ upcoming art workshops here.
Epiphany Center for the Arts is located at 201 South Ashland Avenue in Chicago at the corner of Ashland and Adams.
The Epiphany Center for the Arts hosts events during its formal hours of operation: 5pm to 12am Wednesday through Saturday and 1pm to 10pm on Sundays. They are closed on Monday and Tuesday.
When you have bought your ticket to a specific event, the arrival time will be given to you on your ticket.
The price of entry varies depending on the event you are attending.
How far is the Epiphany Center for the Arts from Freehand Chicago?
If you’re planning on visiting one of the art exhibitions at the Epiphany Center for the Arts while staying at Freehand Chicago (and you totally should!), the journey takes around 10 mins via taxi and 30 minutes via public transportation.
To travel by bus, you can talk to the Grand and State bus station just outside Freehand Chicago and take the 65 Nordica bus to Grand and Ashland bus station. From there, take the X9 95th bus to Ashland and Jackson bus station where you will arrive just a 2 minute walk from the Epiphany Center for the Arts.
With its commitment to fostering the arts in the city and engaging with the local community, the center offers something for everyone and is a must-visit during your stay at Freehand Chicago.