Volunteer-led and Community Supported
Your Support Makes Design Accessible

Design plays a powerful role in our culture: drawing together communities, igniting imaginations, empowering critical thinking, promoting questioning, and encouraging understanding.

Today, the world we share is complex, challenging, and divided. We must find, and leverage, every shared experience, every opportunity, every piece of common ground. Design can be this common ground. With a mission of strengthening design culture and building community, the Chicago Design Museum makes design accessible.

With your support, we can continue to provide free exhibitions and events that create common ground.

ChiDM Membership starts
at only $6 per month. Join today!

Ignite Imaginations:
Keep ChiDM free and open to the public, and cover tour ticket costs for 5 students

Empower Critical Thinking:
Add 2 books or 20 magazines to our library, accessible to students and members

Encourage Understanding:
Provide supplies like x-actos, pens, and notebooks for one of our design workshops

Develop Communities:
Supply volunteers with tools and paint as they design and build exhibitions together

Make Opportunities:
Offer our interns a stipend (in addition to course credit and a sincere thank you)

Promote Questioning:
Support dozens of hours of free programming that draws together communities

Strengthen Culture:
Show visitors the ideas and objects that unite us through two exhibitions next year

Every Dollar Helps:
Donations at every level are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!

ChiDM is a registered non-profit, and all donations are tax-deductible.

If you prefer, checks can be made payable to “Chicago Design Museum” and sent to 108 N State St, 3rd Fl, Chicago, IL 60602.

Contact Tanner Woodford with further questions or comments, by phone: 312 894 6263, or email: info@chidm.com.


Boards and Committees

Community support makes design accessible to tens of thousands of practitioners, students, families, tourists and urban explorers. As a community-focused organization, the Chicago Design Museum brings together volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences to produce dynamic exhibitions, workshops and events that define, celebrate and explore our collective relationship to design.

The museum's core base of over volunteers are distributed across nine committees, each focusing on a specific area of practice relevant to our mission. The committees are led by seasoned directors who have extensive experience in their fields. Together, they help guide, shape and expand the role of our institution within the community.


Executive board

Advisory committee

Working board


Founding Sponsors


HEY! PLAY! Sponsors


Annual Fund Sponsors