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Architectural Artifacts, Inc., Chicago

#34 of 48 in Museums in Chicago
Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Gift & Specialty Shop
Architectural Artifacts, Inc. was founded in 1987 by Stuart Grannen, with a focus on pieces of intrigue, objects of a lost world, the aesthetic and the beautiful. Now, with the expansion of the showroom to 80,000 square feet including 25,000 sq. ft. of incredible event space, the chance of seeing something that you've never seen before is even greater.

General Information

Architectural Artifacts is located within Chicago's historic Ravenswood neighborhood. Ravenswood Avenue itself is still a true center of creative productivity. Steel fabricators, record labels, letterpress and silkscreen printers, a pottery school, etc. are all found here in our slice of the city.

Our two large, quintessentially 'Chicago: the City that Works." Our north building was the home to a manufacturer of needles for several decades, and you can bet that our south building was also home to some kind of activity involving burly men, large machinery and probably a fair amount of dirt.

Our recently built, four-story Atrium, perfectly ties together our two old buildings, while serving as a brilliant light source, circulation hub and alluring events space. Please visit for more information.

Hours: Monday - Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00pm

Public Transit: BY TRAIN: we are one block east from the Montrose stop on the CTA Brown Line and 4 blocks south of the Lawrence Avenue stop on the Metra Line.

DRIVING: We are on the east side of the Metra tracks. On this side, Ravenswood it is a one-way street heading north. So you will have to travel north from Irving Park (4000 N.) or Berteau (4300 N.). Go a block and a half north of Berteau and you are there. Free angled parking is available of both sides of the street.
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  • Took out of town Guests there to see first hand cool art and artifacts. Three floors of history, art and just cool stuff to see....well worth the trip and it’s free to get many awesome...  more »
  • My wife and I attended my granddaughter's wedding on Friday, August 31st. We arrived via chartered bus from our hotel, so we have no idea how to get there.... Fabulous venue/facility for a wedding...  more »
  • A very cool place to roam around in! It's like an antique store on steroids filled with large and small treasures from the past. Give yourself plenty of time to explore its three floors of wonders.
  • Fun place to explore and find treasures. They have everything you can think of to add character to your home.

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