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Volunteer-led and Community Supported

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.

Your gift provides free exhibitions and events that create common ground, and makes design accessible.

Donate $50

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

Donate $100

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

Donate $250

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

Donate $500

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

Donate $1,000

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

Donate $2,500

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

Donate $5,000

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

Any Amount

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


Thank you!

ChiDM is a registered non-profit. 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:


Founding Sponsors


Annual Fund Sponsors