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.

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An Exhibition on Design in Detroit April 28—August 30, 2015

April 28 – August 30, 2015
Co-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, immobility, 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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Guideline Returns April 7th

Guideline: Feedback for students from Chicago's top designers

ChiDM is excited to announce the return of our Guideline student critique night on Tuesday, April 7. Once again, we’re teaming up with talented design professionals to provide feedback to passionate students.

Tickets are limited to 30 participants and you must RSVP through Eventbrite to attend. Students should bring up to three current design projects and will receive feedback from some outstanding local designers. Projects-in-progress and process work are strongly encouraged. Leave your tie and dress shoes at home; this is a casual event.

Tuesday, April 7th
5:45–6:00 PM Check-in
6:00–8:30 PM Critique
Snacks & beverages provided

For this spring edition of Guideline, ChiDM is partnering with the fantastic folks at Simple Truth, who will be sponsoring and hosting the event.

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Tanner Woodford Named to Newcity’s Annual Design 50

Photo credit: Joe Mazza/Brave-Lux

From a Kickstarter-funded pop-up to a fully-fledged nonprofit institution at Block Thirty Seven, Chicago Design Museum continues to grow thanks in part to our “irrepressibly optimistic” Executive Director Tanner Woodford. Newcity has honored Tanner with the #2 spot in its annual Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago amidst stellar Chicago individuals and institutions such as the Graham Foundation, Crate & Barrel, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. We are humbled, honored and excited that our institution has been recognized as a leader in our community alongside an array of inspirational colleagues and leaders across design, architecture, retail, media, academia, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

We at the museum are incredibly proud of Tanner’s inclusion and his achievements. His passion for the museum, the community, and its craft continually acts as an inspiration for all of our team to continue to produce thoughtful, engaging design experiences.

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Introducing Agency Membership

Annual Agency Membership at ChiDM offers bespoke opportunities for your employees to build community and nurture burgeoning skills, and gives you access to a community of talented makers, thinkers and problem solvers. Your company can demonstrate leadership and dedication to a culture of design by offering museum memberships to your team.

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