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Design Museum of Chicago


1917 N Elston Ave., Chicago IL 60642

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Design is more than a powerful source of inspiration. It is an integral tool that connects communities and creates equity, which is why we think it’s so important to provide Chicago’s residents and visitors with a free and accessible museum focused on design.

We believe design has the fundamental capacity to improve the human condition, and strive to make it accessible to everyone through free exhibitions in a public space in the Chicago Loop. A local, non-profit cultural institution, Design Museum of Chicago strives to meet people where they are, facilitating conversations around design comprised of a variety of voices, backgrounds, and viewpoints. We believe that design is not just a single discipline or process, but rather a persistent element present in our everyday environments and experiences.

Formerly Chicago Design Museum, we have exhibited about a wide variety of topics, from architecture in Ireland to games in modern culture. There are roughly three shows per year, each of which are open for four months. We are closed between exhibitions for two months as our staff, volunteers, and interns design, build, and install the next exhibition. We value our position as a volunteer- and community-based organization and strive to make our space as accessible to those who wish to contribute to our culture of collaboration as it is to visitors.

Stop by 72 E. Randolph to see Setting the Stage: Objects of Chicago Theatre before it closes on January 5, 2020!

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