David and Marlowe
Klitzky started The Great
Frame Up art and picture framing
stores in 1971, bringing the joy of art to the Chicago area for over 35 years.
Beginning with the original store on North Broadway in the heart of what is now the Lakeview neighborhood, David and Marlowe founded The Great Frame Up on the unique theory that if customers were allowed to save money and “be part of the art”, it would not only enhance their buying experience but would also increase appreciation for each finished piece.
Hence, The Great Frame Up was the first art and picture framing store of its type to offer Do-It-Yourself
framing to their customers. They continue to offer this “fast, fun and frugal” service today at all seven of our locations (see
Store Locations section for
In our history as part of the Chicago area art landscape, The Great Frame Up has also been a strong supporter of arts in the community. In 1995, David and Marlowe established a nationally recognized high school student art program to counter the shortage of funds in Art Departments and to promote the increasing need for better art education. Entering its 13th year during the upcoming 2006/07 school year, The Lisa Show has contributed close to $1 million dollars to high schools in the city and suburbs. (See
The Lisa Show section.)