02/16/2013 10:18 am ET

Can Chicago Become America's Next Great City for Artists?

Chicago is losing its artists, to New York City and Los Angeles and San Francisco. This is admitted, from various members--with varying statures--of the art community, either begrudgingly or with ease, but in the end, is always admitted.

"It's difficult for me to generalize this, because people move for different reasons," explains Jason Foumberg, contributing art editor at Newcity (where I've freelanced in the past) and Chicago magazine's art critic. "The art market here is smaller, so people tend to follow the money if they want to have an art career."

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