Volunteer-led and Community Supported
ChiDM exists because of people like you

ChiDM strengthens design culture and builds community by facilitating the exchange of knowledge through dynamic experiences.

As a 501c3 non-profit organization, your generosity allows us to produce exhibitions and provide programming for creative professionals, students and the general public. We are very grateful for your support as we continue to build and advance our collective understanding of design.

Office Supplies:
Provide critical supplies like lightbulbs, ink, pens, and notebooks for one month

Books for the Library:
Add 5 books or 20 magazines to our library, accessible to students and members

Color Theory Workshop:
Provide paper and color swatches for 10 students to practice color theory

Enzo Mari Workshop:
Purchase wood and nails for 20 students to build open-source furniture together

Opening Reception:
Purchase food, beverages, and materials for an exhibition's reception

Online Marketing:
Keep ChiDM.com online and active, and purchase targeted ads for events

Exhibition Design:
Purchase essential materials like tools and paint for our exhibition design team

Thank You:
Donations of every amount are greatly appreciated, and allow us to meet our mission

To make a tax-deductible contribution with your debit or credit card, please select one of the options above. Checks may be made payable to the Chicago Design Museum at 108 N State St, 3rd Fl, Chicago, IL 60602. If you have any further questions, please contact Tanner Woodford by phone at 312 894 6263 or by email at tanner@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