Design Museum

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

About Us

The Chicago Design Museum (ChiDM) is a young, adaptable, and non-profit institution that aims to create and curate unexpected cultural experiences across disciplines that deepen design dialogue in the city and beyond. We define design holistically, encompassing graphic design, architecture, urban planning, interior design, systems thinking and more. We believe that design has the capacity to fundamentally improve the human condition, and our location in the Chicago Loop fosters free, open and honest engagement with diverse audiences through our permanent collection, rotating exhibitions, and educational programming.

Make a tax-deductible contribution today. Your support is critical to our success.

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The State of Detroit
April 28—August 30, 2015

April 28 – August 30, 2015
Curated by Elizabeth Cummings and Morgan Walsh

When characterizing mobility in Detroit, America’s Motor City, the auto industry and networks of transportation are often first to mind. The idea of movement, to, from, and within the city dates back to early European settlers and traders, through the surge of Southerners seeking work in the mid-twentieth century, to the recent migration of young creatives in search of what has been called the last American frontier. However, expanded ideas of mobility, and also, stability, are not tied strictly to the reality of physical movement.

With an understanding of the city’s explosive growth, followed by its continued decline, mobility can also be understood as social, political, and economic. Each of these areas also face the realities of immobility, which can be seen as the limitations and constraints set by the city’s current conditions. It is through this lens and in employing creative thinking and innovative practice that initiatives in Detroit shape the metropolis’ culture, values and potential. Design is everywhere in Detroit.

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Make a second membership your first priority

Buy One, Get One

As ChiDM starts its second full year, we want to thank everyone who supported us in our first. We’ve been proud to offer exhibits, workshops, events, discounts, and more—which all support the work of countless designers and makers and help Chicago’s design community thrive. We’ve hosted tens of thousands of visitors at our Loop location, where we put down roots in June 2014. We’ve gone to LA for Deborah Sussman and Detroit for our new exhibit open now. And now we’re looking to you—and someone else in your life who loves design—to help us continue growing for the next year.

From now until June 20, when you purchase one annual membership—only $75!—we’ll throw in a complimentary second membership to give to someone else. Have a friend or family member’s birthday coming up? Membership makes a great gift! Want to donate that membership to a local design student? You can do that instead! Both of you get to enjoy all the discounts, events, and invitations we offer.

Your support allows ChiDM to stay at the heart of Chicago’s community and provide even more activities and benefits in the coming year; we couldn’t do it without you. Sign up today!