Three Peas Art Lounge

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If you're interested in art but intimidated by traditional galleries, grab a drink and ogle the walls at this South Loop spot. Comry armchairs and a small bar lined with stools provide plenty of space to lounge and take in the latest featured artwork in a laid-back setting. Owners Maya-Camille Broussard and Chrishon Lampley select a different emerging artist to feature every month, and focus for the most part on paintings, pottery and photography -- the "three P's" that gave way to the lounge's name.

An early closing time (9 p.m. most days) makes this spot more fit for an after-work or after-dinner drink. Choose from handful of wines by the glass, three bottled beers and a small but tasty roundup of cocktails, including a vodka-spiked fruit punch and a peach cobbler martini served in a cinnamon-rimmed glass. Also on the menu: Metropolis coffee and tea, plus treats such as turtle cupcakes and lemon cake.