Established in 2006 as "Sacred Art" by Sarah Chazin, our journey has been one of creativity, community, and connection. In 2013, our friend and one of Sacred Art's dedicated customers, Kate Merena, took the helm, infusing the shop with her unwavering passion and vision. Today, we proudly stand as a cherished part of Chicago's cultural tapestry, thanks to the ongoing dedication and passion of our owners, Brandon and Kaitlin, who have guided our ship since 2018.
Midwest Nice is more than just a name; it's a way of life. Our vision is simple: to create spaces where everyone feels welcomed, valued, and inspired. We believe in the power of art to transcend boundaries, tell stories, and evoke emotions. We're not just a shop; we're a hub for local artists, artisans, and creatives to showcase their talents and connect with an appreciative audience.
Our decision to re-brand as Midwest Nice in 2022 was a natural evolution of our mission. We wanted our name to reflect the essence of the Midwest – its genuine hospitality, warmth, and sense of community. It's not just about being nice; it's about being authentically Midwest Nice.
What We Offer
Midwest Nice is your destination for an eclectic mix of art, handmade goods, and exclusive merchandise proudly bearing the Midwest Nice name. We curate our selection with care, featuring the best up-and-coming local artists and makers that the vibrant Chicago and Geneva communities have to offer. From paintings and prints to jewelry, ceramics, and more, you'll discover a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect the diverse talents of our region.
But we're more than just an art store. We're a lifestyle brand that celebrates the heart and soul of the Midwest. Our exclusive Midwest Nice apparel and merchandise are designed to let you wear your love for the region on your sleeve (literally!), and each purchase supports our commitment to local artists and the communities we serve.
At Midwest Nice, we're more than just a shop; we're a family. Our commitment to kindness and inclusivity extends beyond our products. We're dedicated to creating an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and appreciated. Whether you're an artist looking for a platform to share your work, a customer seeking the perfect piece to adorn your home, or simply a friend dropping by to say hello, you'll always be met with a warm smile and a genuine desire to make your day a little brighter.
Thank you for being a part of our journey. We can't wait to continue celebrating art, community, and the Midwest with you. Come visit us at our Chicago or Geneva location and experience the warmth and creativity that defines us.
With gratitude, Brandon, Kaitlin and Louie