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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 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.
Most recently, we transitioned back to a pop-up model after relocating from our Block 37 location to Expo 72 at 72 E. Randolph in October, 2018. Stay tuned for what’s in store next!
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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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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