Design Museum

Block Thirty Seven, 3rd floor
108 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Tues-Sat, 12-7p

Mission Statement

The Chicago Design Museum strives to unite, inform, and inspire. As a resource for the design community and beyond, the museum facilitates an open dialogue about contemporary and historical design through limited-engagement exhibitions, events, public programs, and digital media. We are an adaptable and non-traditional organization that celebrates and shares design excellence.

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Featured Blog Post

Photos of Starts/Speculations in Film: Expanding the Design Conversation

On 24 September, we hosted Starts/Speculations in Film: Expanding the Design Conversation, a special night of screening a selection of films from the Chicago Film Archives. Each of the chosen films represent an area for future exploration and another avenue for examining of the role of design within our city and our lives. The evening included work by Gary Brown, the Film Group, Goldsholl Design & Film Associates and Rhodes Patterson.

A group of people chat  while looking at a display vitrine.

Two gentleman look at a vitrine showcasing several artifacts. Two people talk in the background as a man examines artifacts more closely.  A photo of the twine web-like backing of the store wooden blocks. Chicago Remix popcorn provided by Popacorn.

People watch one of the films, showing a skyscraper.Visitors watch a film.

All photos courtesy of Jennifer Yu Photography. Film selection by Exhibition Director Matthew Terdich and Curatorial Committee Member Morgan Walsh with support from the Chicago Film Archives.

A huge thank you to the Chicago Film Archives for providing the films, Popacorn for the popcorn, and Jennifer Yu Photography for these amazing photos.