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A Toast to the Gilded Age: American Craft Whiskey

Friday, October 5, 2018 , 2018 Timed entry at 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 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.

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Jane Addams Lecture

Living Dangerously: The Social Change Work of Jane Addams and the Hull-House Settlement

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.

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Vivian Beer Lecture Exhibition

Designing Women: Refining Landscapes with Vivian Beer

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.

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Museum 10th Anniversary Festivities

Tenth Anniversary Celebration!

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.

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Worlds Fair Womens Building Lecture

Leading Ladies of Chicago’s Columbian Exposition: Celebrating 125 Years - Sold Out

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.

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Ornamentation Lecture

The Art & Science of Ornament: Why the Details Matter

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.

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Florence Knoll Lecture Exhibition

Designing Women: Florence Knoll

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.

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Goldilocks in Chair Family Day

The Three Bears & Their Chairs

Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join us for this family friendly event that explores our current exhibition, The Art of Seating, through the popular fairy tale.

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Galen Cranz Lecture Exhibition

The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body & Design

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.

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Flower Arrangement Festivities

Flowers for Mom! Make a Mother’s Day Centerpiece

Sunday, May 13, 2018 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Don’t just buy Mom a bouquet this Mother’s Day - make it! World renowned designer Michael Gaffney teaches the art of creating incredible arrangements.

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Bourbon Event Festivities

A Toast to the Gilded Age: Bourbon, Bowties, & Bonnets

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.

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Chamber Concert Concert

DePaul at the Driehaus: DePaul Chamber Music Showcase

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.

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Mariotnettes Family Day

Family Day - Marionette Show

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.

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ChairRestoration Lecture Exhibition

Meet the Experts: Art Rescue 911

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.

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EgyptianChair Lecture Exhibition

The Art of Seating Private Collector Diane Jacobsen

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.

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EgyptianChair Concert Exhibition

Musical Chairs: A Concert and Discussion on 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.

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The Driehaus Prize Ceremony

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.

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Family Day Family Day

Family Day - Create a Spring Hat (Rescheduled)

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.

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PaddyHoman Concert

Traditional Irish Aires with Paddy Homan and Friends

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.

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ChopinTheAwakening Book Club

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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.

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Speakeasy Festivities

A Toast to the Gilded Age: The Speakeasy - SOLD OUT

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.

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Dusable Family Day

Family Day - African American History Month

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.

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Kevin Coval Lecture

A People’s History of Chicago - Sold Out

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.”

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Holly Jolly Jazz Concert

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.

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Santa Saturdays Family Day

Santa Saturdays

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!

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Family Day

Glitter & Gold Holiday Brunch 2017

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.

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Front Porch Singers Concert Festivities

Front Porch Concert featuring the Festive Singers - FREE

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

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French Connection Concert

The French Connection: Music and Posters of the Belle Époque

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.

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old site Tours

Spooky Walking Tour - Sold Out!

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.

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Rembrandt Chamber Musicians Concert

Tango & Jazz featuring Rembrandt Chamber Musicians

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!

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Fifth House Ensemble Concert


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.

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Edgar Allen Poe Book Club

Fall Book Club - Edgar Allan Poe: The Best of Poe

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

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