The Pilsen Art House

18th Street Pilsen Open Studios - 2021

1756 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608


Open to the public:

October 16th / 12-10pm

Art Activity & Performance

October 17th / 12-5pm

Art Activity & Performance


The Pilsen Art House has been running for over 9 years and is a creative space open to everyone. The intention of the space is to allow creatives of all types to grow their crafts and be able to enjoy activities/events.


The story of The Pilsen Art House 

By Lorie Ranker, aka Lorie the Nomad

The Pilsen Art House was founded in 2011 primarily as an art studio, and airbnb.  Over many years and many evolutions,  in 2019, I decided to shift it to a full time diy creative house, dedicated to showcasing art in all forms. I’ve worked hard at supporting both emerging and established artists and giving everyone a spot to call their own, if only for one night.  

Our signature events are Pilsen Unplugged, the Pilsen Vendor Market, Art&Edibles and Local Vibe. All the other wonderful events are collaborations with fellow artists. 

Our events roll from one season to the next simply by adjusting heat and ac!  In the summer months,  we have an outdoor area that hosts comedy, open mics, and a variety of markets. During colder months, we close up the big outdoor tent and turn on the heaters. Any event can be indoors or out, weather depending. 

We welcome new and seasoned artisans who bring a positive vibe and willingness to be a part of the Art House community. I am a firm believer in giving opportunities whenever possible. I’ve been lucky enough to run the Art House for nine years and every new person adds beauty in their own way. We do our best to provide a family and pet friendly space for any art lover to come enjoy!

Covid precautions at the Art House are the same as any public space. In the height of the pandemic, we were very careful with spacing, capacity limits, and mask mandates. 

At this time, we have indoor and outdoor spaces for everyone to spread out, all guests and hosts are required to wear masks, which we provide if needed. 

The Art house has expanded to offering open studio 5 days a week, yoga, game night, movie night, intimate concerts, markets for any type of taste, kids workshops, fashion shows, open mics, storytelling and karaoke. 

After nearly a decade of running the art house on my own,  we now have a team of 4 that assist in managing ongoing events as we continue growing.

We are grateful for every single person who has shared time with us at the Art House!