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Design Museum of Chicago, Chicago

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The Chicago Design Museum is a museum of design in the Chicago loop. It was founded in 2012 as a pop-up museum, and hosted exhibitions in different venues around Chicago in 2012 and 2013. Following a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in 2014, the museum opened a permanent location in the Block 37 building.
The mission of the Chicago Design Museum is to "strengthen design culture and build community by facilitating the exchange of knowledge through dynamic experiences."
Its programs are collaborative and community-based, largely relying on local volunteers for exhibit design, curation, registration, marketing, and other core museological functions. With a small staff, its foundation is "in its many volunteers’ visions and labor."
The museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that believes design has the capacity to fundamentally improve the human condition. It fosters free, open, and honest engagement with diverse audiences through a permanent collection, rotating exhibitions, and educational programming.
Exhibitions focus on a broad, cross-disciplinary definition of design, encompassing graphic design, architecture, urban planning, interior design, systems thinking, and more.
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  • The museum is small but worth a visit--and then repeated visits when the exhibit changes. The gift shop has some fun and unusual items for sale. Workers are friendly and helpful.  more »
  • The design museum is currently under renovation and opens again in July
  • Current bicycle history/culture exhibition is awesome!

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