Located inside of Block 37 in the heart of the Loop, the Chicago Design Museum facilitates “the exchange of knowledge through dynamic experiences.” The museum has exhibits and interactive experiences involving design from around the world. Exhibits are FREE and open to the public, Tuesday–Saturday, noon–7 p.m., so add this gem to your museum list this summer. Here are 5 ideas for things to do while you're there.


1.  Check Out the "Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist" Exhibit

Radical Modernist exhibit poster

The Chicago Design Museum’s latest exhibit runs through August 12, 2017. Explore how artist Dan Friedman rejected corporate style in the 1950s. His work is a celebration of experimentation and optimism.


2.  Go to an Event!

The Chicago Design Museum hosts many events and workshops, where you can learn something new and test out your creativity. Events typically require a ticket purchase. See upcoming events here.


3.  Go on a Tour

Chicago Design Museum

It’s free to explore the museum on your own, but you’ll probably have a more enriching experience if you go on a guided tour. They’re just $10 per person! Make an appointment by emailing tours@chidm.com.


4.  Shop in the Chicago Design Museum's Store

Museum gift shops are usually pretty cool, and the one at Chicago Design Museum is definitely worth a visit. You’ll find one-of-a-kind and artist-crafted items that make for the perfect unique gifts, or home décor. You can shop in person or online.


5.  Host an Event of Your Own

Chicago Design Museum, chairs set up for concert

Looking for a non-traditional space to host your next special event? Whether it’s a small event or wedding reception, the Design Museum can accommodate hundreds of guests. Learn more here.


Chicago Design Museum
108 N. State Street, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

The Chicago Design Museum offers memberships, which include free entry to events. A year membership is just $60 ($30 for students). Learn more at chidm.com/membership and plan your visit today. Explore more quirky Chicago museums for all sorts of interests, or seek out these other museum gems.