Design Museum

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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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Friends + Family Opening Night

The State of Detroit

Celebrate The State of Detroit opening with our closest supporters and enjoy food, music, and beer provided by Motor City Brewing Works.

Wednesday, May 13
6:00-9:00 PM
Members: $5
Non-members: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Detroit has been shaped by its explosive growth followed by its continued decline. Those contrasts, along with employing creative thinking and innovative practices, shape the metropolis’ culture, values, and potential.

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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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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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