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3744 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL, 60613
United States

(773) 525-5285

Real Art is a framing shop and gallery in Chicago's Lakeview East neighborhood.  Artist owned and operated, Real Art specializes in a variety of framing services and is proud to present original artwork by local Chicago artists working in a variety of mediums.


Jade D. 9/5/2019 From Google

I took in 3 pieces for framing that ended up being a somewhat unique request. Joe was extremely conscientious in making sure he understood what final look I was going for, and measured everything multiple times before I had even left the store. I felt very comfortable taking what was a nebulous idea on my part and leaving it with Joe to work his magic. The turnaround time on the framing was very satisfactory, and the framing looks EXCELLENT. He perfectly captured what I was looking for in making 3 differently-sized pieces look uniform, to be hung together on a wall. Overall, Joe is a very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly guy. I would highly recommend his shop. Support your local businesses!

Carolyn & Lindsay W. 7/29/2018

We have been using Joe's expert framing services for several years. Each time we meet with Joe, he takes the piece of art we have in mind for framing, and comes up with several beautiful options for us to work with. This year, he created a work of art to showcase an antique Japanese fan we had been reluctant to frame without a vision in mind. Joe turned this into a labor of love - we left the fan with Joe, agreeing to move forward with a basic structure, and trusted him to make it come to life. Boy, did he! Joe went above and beyond in helping us create a show stopper - green/teal raw silk backing with raised border and interior gold frame. The colors and varied heights set off the fan in a way that makes it look like a priceless antique!

We trust Joe to advise us, work within our budget and make the framing process a fun and stress-less experience! Thank you for adding beauty and art to our home, Joe!


Bryce G. 10/3/2015 From Yelp

Joe is so wonderful! I got a large print framed and not only was the quality of the work absolutely wonderful, but it was less expensive than originally quoted! I am so happy to have a framing shop in the neighborhood.


Sue T. 6/27/2014 From Yelp

Joe is one of THE most helpful and pleasant proprieters I've dealt with in quite some time. Custom Framing storefronts don't seem that prevalent/accessible. And the staff can sometimes seem a little "snooty". I had some oddly shaped original paintings that needed framing. I needed some guidance for the whole process. Joe offered me several options w/different pricing, which allowed me to get both pieces framed w/in my budget. Highly recommend this quality, friendly business! Thanks Joe!


Dionna C. 5/20/2014 via email

Hi Joe-
My husband, Ryan, has been working with you to get some of our wedding pictures framed as my birthday present. He gave them to me last night and I couldn't be happier with them! Thank you so much - you do great work!!


Am I. 12/17/2012 From Yelp

Great service! Joe was friendly and professional, he helped me get the perfect frame. The store is also full of great art from local artists!


Dessi P. 10/4/12 via email

Thank you for the great work you did on the frames! My friend absolutely LOVED the pictures! The frames and colors look stunning in his hallway.


Lydia M. 1/19/2012 From Yelp

I've had two pieces framed at Real Art and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out! The first was a larger painting I got from my boyfriend. I live in the neighborhood and stopped into a few different framing shops along Broadway but decided on Real Art based largely on the great customer service I received. They really took the time to help me choose the type of frame that would suit the painting best (while still fitting into my price range). When I picked the painting up a few days later, I was amazed at how great it looked! I bought another piece a few months ago and knew that I wanted to take it to Real Art to be framed. Once again, my experience there was great. Joe, the owner, is super nice and extremely helpful. He made some great suggestions regarding different mats and overall styles that I wouldn't have thought of on my own. I was extremely impressed by the finished product. I will always go to Real Art for my framing needs and am happy to give Joe my business in the future!!


Lynn O. 12/17/2011 From Yelp

Joe is a professional AND an artist. He takes his time helping you select mats and frames until they are perfect, even more perfect than you thought they could be. I have had 3 or 4 things framed there in the last year and they have all been top-quality, reasonably priced and gorgeous! I will never go anywhere else!