Arts & Antiques


For over two decades museums, auctions, galleries, artists and collectors have relied on us to safely move their delicate and valuable pieces across the country and around the world.

Fine Art / Fragile Shipping


Top galleries, art dealers, and artists trust Craters & Freighters Northern Chicago with their fragile one-of-a-kind artwork. All our crates and corrugated containers are custom built and cushioned for the artwork being shipping.

Services Tailored to your Item’s Specific Needs


Craters & Freighters Northern Chicago has mastered the art of packaging, crating and shipping paintings!


Arts & Antiques Shipping Solutions

Specialty Fine Art Handling

We understand that fragile and expensive goods require proper handling, wrapping in museum quality materials, proper cushioning, and professionally-built containers to achieve the only essential goal: Safe Arrival.

Some companies who advertise themselves as fine art handlers are actually only forwarders or brokers who outsource the most critical task in the process, namely the packaging, to other “affiliates”, quite often us, in the Chicago area at least.

Our preference is to ship works of art by commercial air carrier, as there is generally less handling by this shipping method. Besides domestic air shipments, we specialize in international air export shipments and have recently added fine art import services, including in-house customs clearance and delivery in the Chicago area by our own personnel.

  • All art work is picked up by our personnel.
  • Wooden packing cases are our standard. Corrugated containers are available on request.
  • Soft wrap with soft Tyvek.
  • Inner packing cases of Foam Core.
  • Cushioning with closed cell foams.
  • Insulated containers.
  • Travel cases available.
  • Transport by standard air or ground for cost savings.
  • Climate-controlled transport and single-use transport available when required.
  • Full insurance coverage, with no deductible, is available for all shipments.
  • We have completed the Packing & Shipping Workshop offered at the Campbell Center For Historic Preservation Studies in Mount Carroll, Illinois.

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