Historically Inspired

Fine Frames

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High-end custom framing in Chicago inspired by the legacy of Frederic’s Frame Studio

With an atelier of woodworkers, gilders, artisans and fine framers, we create museum quality custom picture frames for clients nationwide from our studio in Chicago. 

We are one of the few remaining framers that still build, carve, lacquer and gild historically inspired picture frames using traditional, centuries-old techniques.

This is a sampling from the vast selection of samples on view in our showroom that can each be further customized. From Old Master, Victorian, to Mid-Century or contemporary artwork from today, we can design and fabricate the right perfect frame for your masterpiece.

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FredEric’s Frame Studio was founded in 1965 by Fred Baker and Erich Klein.

They created museum quality custom hand carved, gilded and lacquered frames in their studio located at 1230 West Jackson Blvd for over 50 years before closing in June, 2018.  

We regret to see their absence in our industry but proudly continue the tradition and artistry of custom designed and hand crafted frames in Chicago at our studio at 840 N. Milwaukee Avenue. 


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Framing Articles

There is a lot that goes into the design and fabrication of an archival custom frame. Whether a minimal TIG welded aluminum frameacrylic vitrine, or a custom carved wood, 22k gilded antique revival frame, each design can have a variety of approaches and materials.

Topics are written top help familiarize our clients with the materials and techiniques that are recommended for fine framing.

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Types of Custom Picture Frames

Our experts hand make a variety of custom picture frames including hand carved ornate frames,  contemporary lacquer picture frames and 22k gilded frames, to mention a few!  There are a lot of considerations that go into the selection of a proper frame.  With over 3,000 options available in our Chicago showroom, along with further options for customization, we can create the best frame for your piece.

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(312) 344-0331

Main Location

840 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60642

Mon-Fri:  9am - 5:30pm
Sat:  10am-4pm
Sun:  Closed

Complimentary parking is available in the loading zone in front of the building

We can also serve you by appointment at our other locations in the Chicagoland area.

Additional Locations

Schiller Park Highland Park  •  Lake Forest  •  Lincoln Park  Nashville, TN

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