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

March 23, 2015
The Art Institute of Chicago Presents Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840

Now Through Sunday, June 7, 2015. Read more

March 12, 2015
Michael Graves, prolific architect and designer, has passed away.

Chicago Tribune reports that Princeton architect Michael Graves, age 80, passed away. Read more

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The Collection- Sold Out!
Saturday, April 11

Join us for a lively discussion of The Collection which explores the glamorous world of haute couture through the eyes of a young girl working as a seamstress at one of the most intriguing fashion houses in history. Read more

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My Fair Audrey
Friday, April 17

Join Driehaus Museum favorite Hilary Feldman accompanied by Beckie Menzie in a musical tribute to Audrey Hepburn. Read more

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Crab Tree Farm: Exploring the Arts and Crafts Movement- Sold Out!
Saturday, April 18

Join us this spring for a new travel tour which takes us to Lake Bluff, Illinois to visit Crab Tree Farm, a private estate with farm buildings that display Arts and Crafts collections in settings that have been purposely designed to reflect the aesthetics of the movement. Read more