I recently came across a site called Chicago Art Map. It contains reviews of art exhibits and events going on around Chicago, a calendar, and feature articles. I find the calendar really comprehensive, and you can search it by event type, venue type, and neighborhood. Their reviews are also categorized by venue: alternative spaces, institutions, and commercial galleries. This site has just recently gotten off the ground but it is affiliated with the Art Talk Chicago blog, which is also a great resource for what’s going on here in our city.
If you are interested in writing reviews for either site, you can find their writer guidelines here. I love the way they describe the purpose of their reviews:
We are not attempting to write highly scholarly and highly analytical pieces for art theorists. Instead, our goal is to bring the art world to the “everyman,” to provide insight into contemporary art in Chicago without being too dumbed down or too theoretical. We want our reviews to provide a glimpse of the show or event, plus some well thought out and illuminating insight into the work. Basically, we want to help people enjoy contemporary Chicago art.