About

Inspiring, Educating, and Innovating Through 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 Design Museum of Chicago, 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.

History
Founded in 2012 by a committed group of incredibly scrappy volunteers, Design Museum of Chicago continues to grow and evolve with each exhibition. The Chicago design community is a critical part of our history, as well as our future.
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Get Involved!
Want to get sneak peaks, discounts, and build connections within the design community at large? Become a member today! Want to get your hands dirty? Email to sign up for our mailing list and get information about ongoing opportunities.
>volunteer@designchicago.org
Leadership
Our staff, working board, and executive board are dedicated to creating public conversations around design and its impact.  Their varied backgrounds, deep experience, and never-ending enthusiasm bring the ideas and visions of the museum to life.
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Press and Interviews
Are you interested in writing about Design Museum of Chicago? We would love to help by providing context about the museum, its history, current or upcoming exhibitions, or events. We can also supply high-resolution photography.
> press@designchicago.org
Retail Consignment
If you would like to suggest a product for us to consider in our store, please send a high-resolution image and pricing. We offer consignment opportunities on a limited basis.
> store@designchicago.org
Exhibition Proposals
Exhibitions at Design Museum of Chicago are highly competitive, requiring one to two years advance notice. Our curatorial committee reviews proposals quarterly, and we will contact you once the committee has reviewed your proposal.
> Online Proposal Form