"Chicago Blues" (detail) by Kevin Swallow, from Cornelia Arts Building (Courtesy Kevin Swallow)
The Cornelia Arts Building is just a short El ride beyond downtown in Lakeview, near Roscoe Village and Ravenswood/North Center. CAB houses dozens of artist studios. Its open studios in October and various times throughout the year introduce visitors to a local neighborhood setting and dozens of local artists. Roam the two floors, browse paintings, photography, jewelry, sculpture and more, have some food and drinks, and chat with the artists in person, like Kevin Swallow whose paintings showcase Chicago.