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Every Friday, June 2 - September 1
Saints & Sinners Walking Tour: Chicago's Legacy of Virtue and Vice
Explore the dichotic human struggle between Virtue and Vice with this new summer walking tour. Experience Chicago's storied past from a new perspective. Read more

Friday, July 14
Vive la France! Celebrate Bastille Day
This year, in honor of our special exhibition L’Affichomonia, join us to celebrate the liberation of France! This family-friendly afternoon includes live music, sweet bits, and activities for kids. Read more

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Steps away from Chicago's Magnificent Mile, the Driehaus Museum offers visitors a fascinating view of one of the few remaining examples of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America's Gilded Age.

The galleries, elegantly furnished with period pieces selected from the Driehaus Collection, are presented in harmony with the interiors and surviving furnishings, immersing visitors in the original splendor of this late 19th-century home. Read more

Hours, Exhibition, and Tour Information

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Opening February 11, 2017, L'Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters evokes the poster craze which transformed Parisian streets into colorful public art galleries and focuses on the exuberant period in France known as the Belle Époque. Drawn from the collection of Richard H. Driehaus, this special exhibition features 45 turn-of-the-century French posters by the five grand masters - Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlein, Alphonse Mucha, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Note: Entrance to this special exhibition is included with general admission. No advance reservations are required.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
The Museum is open for self-guided visitation during regular hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Read more

Museum Blog

April 21, 2017
The Sensuous Smoker
Job is probably one of Mucha’s best-known advertising posters. And it was radical at the time in its depiction of this glamorous woman enjoying freely an activity once reserved for men alone: Smoking. Read More

March 14, 2017
Jules Chéret and the History of the Artistic Poster
How did the black and white broadside become the artistic and colorful poster? Discover the answer through a brief profile of the widely-acknowledged pioneer of poster-making, Jules Chéret. Read More

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