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Design Museum of Chicago


Sending you some necessary distractions

Spring is just around the corner, we think

In times of instability and uncertainty, we try to look to things that are certain and tangible for comfort. Right now, that thing is warmth and sunshine and the impending spring. You obviously can't touch the sun (we tried, not worth it), but you can still appreciate its warmth. Looking ahead to The Warm Times, we've tried to continue much of our regular programming and workshops. Scroll down for some much-needed distraction from the chaos.

Deadline extended!
Submit by Friday, May 1


The deadline has been extended to submit your sound- or music-based design work to All Together Now: Sound x Design! In concert with the City of Chicago’s Year of Chicago Music, the Design Museum of Chicago is celebrating the connections between music and design and accepting proposals for its 2020 exhibition. Submit by Friday, May 1 to be considered.

Raising Products: Virtual Conversation Series
Thursday, April 16, 6–6:30pm


Join the Design Museum and blkHaUS Studio on Zoom for the first conversation of Raising Products, an ongoing discussion about the relevance of the design process, fabrication, and artisanship to communities of color, as well as the history of Chicago art and design. Kicking off the series are Katherine Darnstadt of Latent Design and Zoë Ryan of the Art Institute of Chicago. Join us live at 6 pm or watch later on Facebook or Vimeo! ⁠

This event made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art and Rebuild Foundation.

Paper + Thread Bookbinding Workshop
Saturday, April 25


Paper + Thread is now a virtual workshop! Join us on Zoom on April 25 to learn how to create a book using common household items such as paper bags and cardboard boxes. 

Great Ideas of Humanity: Passing the Torch is now online!

The gallery is currently closed, so we brought the experience of Great Ideas of Humanity: Passing the Torch online! Read more about the campaign, see the student work, and learn about Chicago's great history of public art.

Submit to ACVA 2020!

We are so excited to partner with Chicago Public Schools Department of Arts Education in creating the 2020 Online All-City Visual Art Exhibitions. Students, parents, guardians, and teachers of students can now submit artwork directly to both the Elementary and High School exhibitions.

Learn Graffiti Typography: A 2-Day Workshop
Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29, 2020 


Learn Graffiti Typography has been rescheduled for May 28 and 29! Learn and experience Chicago graffiti from some of Chicago’s own graffiti artists and designers.

Design at home
Playing with Words

During the quarantine, the Design Museum is collecting and sharing a series of engaging Design At Home workshops that are fun for the whole family. Check out this typography-based workshop called Playing with Words, featured in Loop Chicago's blog!

STA Chicago has a quarantine design challenge for you

Society of Typographic Arts is challenging designers to choose a word that best expresses how you are currently feeling during your quarantine and then make that word into an image. This prompt is open until April 10, so keep your eyes peeled for the next challenge! This example is from Defne Kaynak, a multidisciplinary designer from Izmir, Turkey and a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Check out more examples on STA's Instagram page!

Design for Good

Belgian-based Materialise has invented a hands-free 3D-printed door openers to help against the spread of Coronavirus and is sharing their design files for free!

Check it out

The Arts for Illinois Relief Fund provides financial relief to workers and organizations in the creative industries impacted by COVID-19. This includes all artists and artisans, including stage and production members and part-time cultural workers, and large to small arts organizations in all disciplines. Donations to the fund will go directly to artists and arts organizations throughout Illinois.

Apply for relief or donate today


The museum is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. A special thank you to some of our 2020 corporate sponsors: 50,000feet, Cards Against Humanity, Office of Experience, One Design, Simple Truth, Truettner Foundation, and Weber Shandwick.