Collaborative, Youthful, and Adaptable

ChiDM strengthens design culture and builds community by facilitating the exchange of knowledge through dynamic experiences. Through exhibitions, public and private programs, digital media, and workshops the museum facilitates an open conversation about design across disciplines and borders. ​We believe design has the capacity to fundamentally improve the human condition, and strive to make it accessible to everyone through a public space in the Chicago Loop.

As a volunteer- and community-based organization, the museum closes between exhibitions to facilitate design, fabrication, and installation processes with respect to volunteer schedules.

Founded in 2012 by a committed group of incredibly scrappy volunteers, ChiDM continues to grow and evolve with every new exhibition. The Chicago design community is a critical part of our history, as well as our future.
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Get Involved!
Want to get sneak peaks, discounts, and build deep connections with the community? Become a member today! Want to get your hands dirty? Email to sign up for our mailing list and get information about ongoing opportunities.
Our staff, working board, and executive board are dedicated to creating public conversations around design and its impact.  Their varied backgrounds, deep experience, and never-ending enthusiasm bring the ideas and visions of the museum to life.
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Press and Interviews
Are you interested in writing about ChiDM? We would love to help by providing context about the museum, its history, current or upcoming exhibitions, or events. We can also supply high-resolution photography.
> press@chidm.com
Retail Consignment
If you would like to suggest a product for us to consider in our store, please send a high-resolution image and pricing. We offer consignment opportunities on a limited basis.
> store@chidm.com
Exhibition Proposals
Exhibitions at ChiDM are highly competitive, requiring one to two years advance notice. Our curatorial committee reviews proposals quarterly, and we will contact you once the committee has reviewed your proposal.
> Online Proposal Form