November 26, 2011

Dear Chicago

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This city—with all its liveliness and contradictions—has had its share of literary immortalization. Carl Sandburg did it perhaps most famously with his poem “Chicago.” Theodore Dreiser also waxed poetic about Chicago in his 1914 novel, The Titan. > Read more

November 20, 2011

Decking the (Marble) Halls

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Here are some behind-the-scenes snapshots of the decorating team putting up our holiday adornments. > Read more

November 16, 2011

You Asked: What is McCormickville?

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Think of McCormickville as the Evanston of the late 19th century. While George Pullman and Marshall Field built their mansions on a stretch of Prairie Avenue to the south, the Nickersons and a handful of other Chicago elite—Cyrus McCormick among them—built northwards. > Read more

November 10, 2011

Tiffany: A Furniture Designer, too

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Tiffany Studios created more than just lamps. > Read more

News

July 20, 2016
Chicago Tribune's Rick Kogan Reviews With a Wink and Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age

"The show is delightful and spirited and one neatly embellished by two companion exhibits: "Gilded Age Luxury," which features 15 objects drawn from the Driehaus Collection, a gathering of small luxury goods from the period; and "Women of Influence: Chicago's Leading Ladies," with nearly 20 historical images highlighting influential local women of the era." -Kogan Read more

June 08, 2016
Kunstkammer museum now open in Australia, filled with classic porcelain, clocks, textiles and painting

A major new museum housing one of Australia’s largest private collections made up of more than 3,000 decorative arts objects opened in Adelaide this month. Read more

Featured Program

Lasting Legacies 2016
Saturdays, May 14 through October 15

A unique walking tour illustrating seven civic-minded entrepreneurial women who led fascinating lives in the prestigious neighborhood of McCormickville. Read more

Featured Program

Mansions and Millionaires 2016
Saturdays, May 14 through October 15

Spend an afternoon exploring the rich and varied history of Chicago’s River North district, a neighborhood formerly known as McCormickville. Read more