12/30/2012 12:06 pm ET Updated Dec 30, 2012

Best Chicago Art Of 2012: Top Exhibitions Of The Year (PHOTOS)

With 2012 nearing its conclusion, HuffPost Chicago reached out to some of city's most prolific trendsetters and thought leaders in style, music and culture and asked them to share some of their favorite local places and things from the year. We'll be rolling them out on the daily through New Year's Day.

2012 was a big year for the art scene in Chicago, so big, in fact, that ArtSlant said the city "came out in full force onto the national and international stage" and "won big" this year.

But what was the best of the best? We reached out to Newcity's Pedro Vélez, who shared several of his top Chicago art picks from the year.

Below are some of Vélez's favorites from the year in Chicago art. All below text is Vélez's. For a full list of Vélez's Chicago and Midwest 2012 favorites, visit Newcity.



Best Chicago Art Of 2012