While this King of Corporate Suburbia might be state of the art, what is the state of art in Melrose Park, IL? This village may be known for eye catching real estate, nightlife and restaurants, but there is a thriving culture in and around the city. Your first stop is in town for the Melrose Park Public Library. The library frequently unveils art exhibits for its visitors, most recently displaying a restored mural of 1930s Depression Era Melrose Park. (The piece is called “Airmail”)
Beyond that you might have to travel outside of Melrose Park to the greater Cook County area. For instance, beyond Melrose Park, art and culture can be found at the Ernest Hemmingway Museum in Oak Park. This museum focuses on the work of Hemmingway including his years in Melrose Park. The Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels contains the largest collection of Hummels in the world.
Another art museum near Melrose Park is the Elmhurst Art Museum. This museum, located on Cottage Hill Ave in Elmhurst, Illinois, specializes in late 20th Century American Art. Beyond Melrose Park, IL art lives at the Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago. This museum is located on East Chicago Avenue in Chicago. It features work by recognized artists, as well as earthworks, abstract works and MCA collections.
Locally, you can’t miss the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel which is found within the village and features a gloriously built and restored church. If you want to look at the modern day art scene then be prepared to journey out to surrounding areas. Some of the hottest art galleries near the village include Harlem Art Galleries in Forest Park, LaGrange Art League Gallery & Studio in La Grange, the Frame House in Oak Park and Jacob Fine Art in Elmwood Park.
Villages in Illinois are on top of the art scene. Come by and enjoy Melrose Park, IL art and beyond!