June 29, 2012

Best of Independence Day: The Gilded Age Edition

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Looking back at a Gilded Age’s worth of Fourth of July celebrations in Chicago, here are some of the best (and worst) moments between the Civil and First World Wars. > Read more

June 25, 2012

A Tour of the World's Fair: Decorative Objects from the 1893 Columbian Exposition

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Some of the decorative objects that debuted at the fair are displayed today in the Driehaus Museum's collection. > Read more

June 14, 2012

Below America's Stairs: Domestic Servants in the Gilded Age

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How could a live-in servant system like what we see in Downton Abbey survive in such an individualistic, capitalistic, and optimistic nation? > Read more

June 06, 2012

America's Endangered Places

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation released its list of 11 endangered historic sites today, which includes several Yosemite Valley bridges and Joe Frazier's Gym in Philadelphia. > Read more

June 02, 2012

You Asked: What Was Mrs. Nickerson Like?

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Although Mr. Nickerson’s likeness is portrayed in our historic photograph gallery, visitors wonder about the lady of the house. > Read more

News

March 30, 2016
Visitor Services Associates in Museums Today

We are proud that we always have had highly trained associates on the floor to answer our guests questions. Read more

March 07, 2016
Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times Extended Through May 29, 2016

Due to popular demand, Dressing Downton will extend through Memorial Day weekend. Read more

Featured Program

Author Encounters: Francine Segan
Saturday, April 30

Learn how to throw your own Edwardian-themed dinner party with culinary historian Francine Segan. Read more

Featured Program

Encounters with Asian Art Travel Tour
Saturday, June 4 or Saturday, June 11

Our next travel tour takes us to Libertyville, IL to visit the MacLean Collection of Asian art followed by the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Read more