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.

Featured News


Film Event Rescheduled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we must reschedule our Films of the New Bauhaus: Re-Shaping the World event for the fall. Once we determine a new date and time, we will post it on our Twitter and Facebook pages, in addition to this website.

We apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment this may cause, but we hope to see you at the event in the fall!

Featured News


2014 Summer Exhibition – Starts/Speculations: Graphic Design in Chicago Past and Future

Starts Speculations text on the wall at ChiDM

Photograph courtesy of David Ettinger Photography

Inspired by the past century of design achievement and looking toward the future with insight and creativity, Starts/Speculations represents an anthology of work from Chicago’s graphic design legacy and a glimpse into how the tools we use to design and communicate could evolve and influence our interactions in the future.

Beginning with a letter that articulates visual design standards for the 1909 Plan of Chicago by Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett, the exhibition is a broad overview of the past century of graphic design in Chicago with a particular focus on the influence of European modernism through the establishment of the New Bauhaus in 1937. As the Chicago Design Museum evolves and grows, we look forward to exploring and sharing more of Chicago’s design legacy by unearthing the stories that make our city unique, as well as highlighting dynamic influences from across cultures, borders, and disciplines. We consider this the start of something more—more ideas, more conversations, and more discovery.

The glimpse into the future includes work from:

Chris Eichenseer
Jonathan Petersen, with animation by Tommy Dalton
Matt Wizinsky
Other Forms
The Post Family
Studio Blue

The reflection on the past features work on loan from the following institutions and/or collections:

AIGA Chicago
AIGA National
Bauhaus Chicago Foundation Archive & Collection
Edward H. Bennett Collection, Ryerson & Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago Film Archives
Crosby Associates
IIT Archives, Paul V. Galvin Library
John Massey Inc.
University of Illinois Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections Department
VSA Partners

Starts/Speculations: Graphic Design in Chicago Past and Future will run from June 12 through September 30, 2014. During this time, the museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00-7:00 pm.

Curatorial Committee: Robyn Paprocki, Morgan Walsh; Exhibition Director: Matthew Terdich

Featured Blog Post

Profile: Marjie Best

Marjie Best's typography bracelet cuffs.

Best Design Chicago cuffs, available at the ChiDM store. Photo courtesy of Marjie Best.

“Design is collaborative. And this museum is the epitome of collaboration,” says Marjie Best, designer at Best Design Chicago. In fact, she loves how she can draw upon the strength of Chicago’s design community for talent and support. Marjie’s currently working on everything from book covers and marketing materials to publications, logo design, and her famed cuffs (available exclusively at the Chicago Design Museum store).

For Marjie, the Chicago Design Museum is an opportunity to celebrate, honor, and showcase design history. But it also provides a sanctuary for thoughtful reflection. “If you are paying attention, you will learn something every day of your life,” she says, from the people you meet to the world of opportunities ready for the taking. For now, she’s going anywhere her imagination takes her.