Youthful. Adaptable. Collaborative.
We are the Chicago Design Museum (ChiDM)

ChiDM strengthens design culture and builds community by facilitating the exchange of knowledge through dynamic experiences. Through exhibitions, public and private programs, digital media, and workshops the museum facilitates an open conversation about design across disciplines and borders. ​We believe design has the capacity to fundamentally improve the human condition, and strive to make it accessible to everyone through a public space in the Chicago Loop.

As a volunteer- and community-based organization, the museum closes between exhibitions to facilitate design, fabrication, and installation processes with respect to volunteer schedules.

Chicago Design Museum
Block Thirty Seven
108 N State St, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Free and open to the public

A docent stands with a large group of patrons around an artifact in The State of Detroit


Tours of our current exhibition are open to large or small private groups by appointment only. Tours cost $10 per person, collected in person, and are always free for members.


Volunteers pose in front of a bright orange wall during Work at Play


ChiDM membership is a way to stay connected with the community, build relationships, and support the work of countless designers.

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Volunteers painting walls during installation of Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles


We are looking for dedicated volunteers who are passionate about design or museums. To help with our next event or exhibition, sign up for our volunteer mailing list. If you are interested in a deeper volunteer committment, tell us about yourself.


Chicago Reader with cover art by Chuck Anderson that was made for ChiDM

Press and Interviews

Are you interested in writing about ChiDM? We would love to help by providing context about the museum, its history, current or upcoming exhibitions, or events. We can also supply high-resolution photography.


Hand painted signage from our store in the process of being inventoried

Retail Consignment

If you would like to suggest a product for us to consider in our store, please send a high-resolution image and pricing. We offer consignment opportunities on a limited basis.


Photograph of our logo taken through the front window during Starts/Speculations

Exhibition Proposals

Exhibitions at ChiDM are highly competitive, requiring one to two years advance notice. Our curatorial committee reviews proposals quarterly, and we will contact you once the committee has reviewed your proposal.

> Online Proposal Form