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Friday December 14 - SOLD OUT, 2018 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, December 8 - 16, 2018 Timed Tickets for 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. & Noon
Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:30 - 5 p.m., 5 - 6:30 p.m., 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays November 30 – December 15, 2018 2 – 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 17, 2018 3 – 5 p.m.
Stop by the Museum on your way to claim the perfect viewing spot at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and enjoy a free live concert on the porch.
Tuesday November 13, 2018 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Explores Sargent’s talents as a storyteller of the brush, focusing on how the artist’both drew from the past and pushed painting in new directions at the turn of the twentieth century.
Saturday November 10, 2018 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Explore portraits from the past and how we make them today through our two Gilded Age portrait exhibitions.
Wednesday November 7, 2018 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Bernacki & Associates will explore the extraordinary craftsmanship and specialized techniques of hand carved and gilded frames.
Thursday, November 1, 2018 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Beauty’s Legacy curator, Barbara Gallati, discusses a series of important portrait exhibitions organized by members of the social elite for charitable purposes.
Saturdays in November, 2018 1 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Opera at the Marble Palace! Experience the opulent music of the Gilded Age with Tchaikovsky’s last opera.
Fridays and Saturdays, October 19 - 27, 2018 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach will lead the way as you discover Lincoln Park’s macabre history as a vast, windswept burial site.
October 19, 20, 26, & 27, 2018 7 - 10 p.m.
Thursday, October 18, 2018 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Jeannine Falino will discuss the ascent of the City’s emerging industrialists and the solidification of their new wealth through the purchase of homes, furnishings, and portraits.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Magician Sean Masterson delights all ages, imaginatively combining sleight-of-hand, mind-blowing illusions and audience participation.
Wednesday, October 10 , 2018 6 - 8 p.m.
This year’s Signature Lecture continues our exploration of women and design by examining the role women played in the rise of the luxurious mansion in the Gilded Age.
Sunday, October 7, 2018 8:30am-1:00pm
Friday, October 5, 2018 , 2018 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy live music and unearth quirky, fun facts about the origins of American whiskey culture as you sip and sample food and drink pairings.
Saturday, September 29 , 2018 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 22, 2018 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. (approx.)
Our fall travel tour will visit the historic and artistic sites of Grand Rapids, Michigan including the Meyer May House, the Meijer Gardens and the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Thursday September 20 , 2018 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Cultural historian Celia Hilliard will take a look back at the sometimes fraught enterprise of Gilded Age portrait commissions.
Friday, September 7, 2018 4 - 5:30 p.m. or 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Please join us for this Member Preview event. Hear informal gallery talks and enjoy light refreshments and entertainment.
Saturdays, September 8 - October 13, 2018 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Saturdays, July 7 - September 1, 2018 1 - 2:30 p.m.
On this walking tour, historian Sally Kalmbach will illuminate the lives of the prominent families and notable public figures of Gilded Age Chicago who once called the area home.
Fridays, July 6 - October 26, 2018 2 - 5 p.m.
Through visits to the Gold Coast neighborhood’s churches and watering holes we will discuss Chicago’s history of prohibition and highlight the main characters in the City’s Temperance movement.
Wednesdays and Fridays, July 6 - September 28, 2018 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Extended through September! In this popular living history tour, you will play the role of a prospective candidate, hoping to fill one of the household’s domestic service vacancies.
Thursday, June 21, 2018 6 – 7:30 p.m.
In recognition of Pride Month, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum director and chief curator, Jennifer Scott discusses Jane Addams’ important contributions to social change.
Thursday, June 14, 2018 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Vivian Beer is one of two 21st century designers featured in The Art of Seating. This discussion will provide a window into her inspiration, skills, and creative process.
Saturday, June 9, 2018 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In celebration of this landmark anniversary, regular priced adult admission will be reduced to $10, from $20. In addition, a day of festivities has been planned for Saturday, June 9. Click to see schedule.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Historian Sally Kalmbach will discuss how Gilded Age Chicago’s leading ladies played an integral leadership role in planning the World’s Fair and cultivating Chicago’s successful future.
Thursday, May 24, 2018 Reception at 5:30, Presentation at 6:30
More than just the capturing of space, architecture impacts us all on conscious and subconscious levels, in particular through the presence and/or absence of architectural ornament.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Learn how Knoll’s business savvy and vision transformed a furniture design firm into an enterprise that played a major role in defining the mid-century modern design aesthetic.
Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6 – 7:30 p.m.
This lively discussion, by UC Berkeley professor Galen Cranz, will focus on the sociological development of chair design and its relationship to the body, posture, and ergonomics.
Sunday, May 13, 2018 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Don’t just buy Mom a bouquet this Mother’s Day - make it!
Friday, May 4, 2018 6 - 8 p.m.
Explore the history of bourbon within the context of America’s longest running sporting event, The Kentucky Derby, first held in 1875.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 7 – 9 p.m
Discover the next generation of classical music talent in this performance by some of the top student chamber ensembles at the DePaul School of Music.
Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Dave Herzog’s Marionettes presents “Dragon Days and Knight Time.” Join King Percy the Persnickety and guests as they celebrate his majesty’s Birthday.
Thursday, April 26, 2018 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Bernacki & Associates is one of Chicago’s premier conservation & restoration firms specializing in “saving” period furniture, objects, historic millwork and architectural elements.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6 - 7:30 p.m.
A private collector with passion, Diane Jacobsen tells the story of how she began collecting chairs and how that collection became The Art of Seating.
Monday, April 9, 2018 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Civitas Ensemble plays pieces inspired by the eras that produced the chairs in The Art of Seating and curator, Catherine Shotick discusses the design of the same periods.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Murphy Auditorium
The Museum would like to congratulate the 2018 recipients of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize, Marc Breitman and Nada Breitman-Jakov.
TBD, 2018 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The sun is starting to peak out - don’t squint, wear a hat! Roll up your sleeves and we’ll help you make a bonnet or baseball cap.
Thursday, March 15, 2018 6 - 7 p.m. (Sold Out) and 8 - 9 p.m.
Get in the spirit as celebrated Irish tenor, Paddy Homan explores Ireland’s rich history through traditional music and story-telling.
Saturday, March 10, 2018 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
We honor Women’s History Month by visiting Kate Chopin’s landmark work of early feminism.
Friday, March 9, 2018 7:15 - 10:00 p.m.
Our popular cocktail series is back with this exploration of the Speakeasy and Prohibition-era cocktails set against the Museum’s historical backdrop.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learn about Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable and Chicago’s swampy start through hands-on activities and crafts.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 6 – 7:30 p.m.
A People’s History of Chicago sheds light on “some of the best and most radical and real and celebratory and difficult parts of our Chicago story.”
Friday, Dec 8, 2017 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Our historic Ballroom will transform into a cool jazz club as Tammy McCann puts a soulful twist on your holiday favorites.
Saturdays, December 2, 9, and 16, 2017 Timed tickets for 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. & Noon
Art projects, lively story time, and sing-a-longs provide fun for the entire family. Don’t forget to have your picture taken with Santa Claus!
Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 Doors open at 10:00 a.m. Seating at 11:00 a.m.
Gather with family and friends to enjoy a lovely brunch including a Prosecco toast, elaborate buffet, and live music. In the spirit of the season, tables will be shared.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 3 - 5 p.m.
Stop by the Museum on your way to claim the perfect viewing spot at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and enjoy a free live concert on the porch
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Chicago’s celebrated Civitas ensemble will play beloved French music interspersed with commentary about the special exhibition from the Driehaus Museum’s curator.
Thursdays & Saturdays, October 19 – October 28, 2017 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Today, Lincoln Park is known as one of the city’s most exclusive neighborhoods, but in the mid-19th century the area served as one of Chicago’s original cemeteries.
Monday, September 25, 2017 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy the sultry rhythms of tango and the freewheeling style of jazz, interpreted by three iconic stylists of 20th-century music. This program will make you feel like dancing!
Sunday, October 15, 2017 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Fifth House Ensemble showcases contemporary piano trios with an aural landscape, rich with inspirations of film noir, jazz, pop, and folk songs.
Saturday, October 14, 2017 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Read and discuss a selection of Poe’s most influential works including The Tell-tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Raven, considered among the greatest works in American literature