December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

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Even if your New Year's party didn't make Tribune gossip column status like the Nickerson's—Pink carnations! Seventy guests! Supper not served 'till midnight!—here's to celebrating in style. > Read more

December 27, 2011

You Asked: Where Does Satinwood Come From?

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Satinwood. Visitors to the Museum see it featured most prominently in the Drawing Room, where the Gilded Age ladies would retreat together for music and gossip and the woodwork gleams positively golden. > Read more

December 24, 2011

A Gilded Age Christmas Dinner

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The Gilded Age wealthy made Christmas dinner a most formal, sumptuous occasion. > Read more

December 19, 2011

"Dolls, Toys, and Holiday Fancy Goods"

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Ah, the great and famously stressful saga of December: Shopping. We have industrialization, capitalism, and late 19th-century disposable incomes to thank for this holiday tradition. > Read more

December 15, 2011

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum

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"There, at the rear of the beautiful parlors, was a large Christmas tree, presenting a most picturesque and uncanny aspect," wrote a reporter when he saw the first Christmas tree adorned with electric lights in 1882. > Read more

December 08, 2011

The White Knight

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A new Arthur Hughes painting in the Drawing Room features Sir Galahad, flanked by angels, searching for the Holy Grail. > Read more

December 03, 2011

Of Gilded Age and Italy: Or, Why Pierpont Morgan Used Someone Else's Family Crest

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One design motif persists through America's Gilded Age mansions like a repeating, steady note under one melody: Italian Renaissance. > Read more

News

April 17, 2014
The WGN Morning News features the Driehaus Museum

The WGN Morning News featured the Driehaus Museum on Tuesday, April 15. Read more

April 11, 2014
The Illinois and Chicago Departments of Transportation need your help to redefine North Lake Shore Drive

The citizens of Chicago and all regional users have the chance to provide input on they use the Drive and how it can meet travel demands of all users in the corridor. Read more

Featured Program

Spring Fever with John Moulder
Friday, May 2

Put some spring in your step and celebrate the season with popular Chicago guitarist and composer John Moulder. Read more

Featured Program

In the Secret Garden - 4th Annual Mother's Day Tea
Sunday, May 11

This year, you'll be transported to a magical garden for the Driehaus Museum’s popular Mother’s Day Tea. Read more

Featured Program

One Day Excursion: The Historic Hegeler Carus Mansion
Saturday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 4

Enjoy a fascinating day trip to La Salle, Illinois to experience the magnificent Hegler Carus mansion and the grandeur of a bygone era. Led by art historian Rolf Achilles, you’ll explore a unique space designed by August Fiedler that remains virtually unaltered since its completion more than a century ago. Read more

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Cool Jazz on a Hot Summer Night
Wednesday, June 11

Enjoy an entertaining evening with the Chicago Jazz Caravan, an ensemble featuring some of Chicago's most seasoned Jazz musicians, as they delight your senses. Read more