Support the Design Museum of Chicago

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Inspire, Innovate & Educate Through Design

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.

In the last six years, more than 100,000 people have participated in over 160 programs, and visited 15 Design Museum exhibitions. This year, we are building on this strong foundation. With your support, we are poised for the future, planning more exhibitions and events, making opportunities through our robust internship program, and making design accessible to all.

To keep this up, we need your help.

Donate $25

Make Design Accessible
Provide free admission for five visitors, keeping the Design Museum free and open to the public

Donate $50

Strengthen Community
Cover hard costs for one opening reception or panel discussion, building a neutral space for the community

Donate $100

Empower Critical Thinking
Add two design books or 20 magazines to our library, used as reference materials as we design exhibitions

Donate $250

Encourage Understanding
Provide supplies like x-actos, pens, notebooks, or hammers for one design workshop

Donate $500

Cultivate Connections
Supply hard working volunteers with critical tools, paint, and pizza as they work together

Donate $1,000

Make Opportunities
Provide one intern with a stipend, in addition to course credit and critical work experience

Donate $2,500

Ignite Imaginations
Fund hundreds of hours of free programming that sparks exploration and creativity

Donate $5,000

Embolden Culture
Make one exhibition possible within the next year, bringing our mission to life

Any Amount

Every Dollar Helps
Donations at every level are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!

Massive Thanks!

Design Museum of Chicago is a registered non-profit. Donations are tax-deductible. If you prefer, checks can be made payable to “Design Museum of Chicago” and sent to 1917 N Elston, Chicago, IL 60642.

Contact Tanner Woodford with further questions or comments, by phone: 312 894 6263, or email:

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Michael Alper
Heather Anderson
Bill Beach
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Andrew Blauvelt
Chris Boruff
Philip Burton
Stratton Cherouny
Thomas Dyja
Howard Ecker
Dave Eggers
Joseph Michael Essex
Ed Flood
Antonio & Maris Garcia
Helyn Goldenberg
Ruth Goran
Evan Goran-Dry
April Greiman
Jack & Sandy Guthman
Christie Hefner
Cody Hudson
Scott Johnson
Adam Kallish
Sofya Karash
Rana Komar
Jamie Koval
Andie Kramer
Hal Kugeler
Mary Jane Kupsky
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Dirk Lohan
John & Barbara Massey
Myron Maurer
Michael McCartney
Dan McManus
Gary Metzner
Will Miller
Modzelewski Family
Elizabeth Nelson
John O’Neill
Jill Oliver
Meghan Olson
Ron & Joyce Paprocki
Wallace & Kristie Paprocki
Jason Pickleman
John Pobojewski
Steve Rokicki
John Ronan Architects
Carrie Secrist
Jim Sherman
Jonathan Solomon
Kyle Stork
Max Temkin
John & Catherine Terdich
Matthew Terdich
Kim Terzis
David Williams
John-Paul Wolforth