October 26, 2016

Driehaus Museum Announces 2016 Late Fall and Holiday Programs

Driehaus Museum Announces 2016 Fall and Holiday Programs

CHICAGO, October 26, 2016 –The Richard H. Driehaus Museum (40 E. Erie) presents fascinating new lectures, concerts and more for the upcoming season, and announces the final weeks of its special exhibition, With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age.

The lineup for Fall and Holidays 2016 is as follows:

Twilight Blues Featuring Guy King
(Friday, November 4) Enjoy an intimate evening of solo blues music with Guy King, one of Chicago’s favorite bluesmen in the Museum’s historic Ballroom. Mr. King’s signature blend of blues, jazz, soul and R&B make his musical interpretations fresh and unique, while maintaining a strong link to the musical masters that came before him.

Exhibition Lecture: Chicago’s Leading Ladies: The Women Who Left a Lasting Legacy to the City of Chicago
(Monday, November 7) Back by popular demand, Chicago historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach will present a second lecture inspired by the current exhibition Women of Influence: Chicago’s Leading Ladies, which explores progressive women during Chicago’s Gilded Age. This lecture illuminates the civic-minded, entrepreneurial women who led fascinating lives in the prestigious neighborhoods of Prairie Avenue, McCormickville and the Gold Coast.

Autumnal Reflections: An Evening of Romantic Works for Piano, Violin and Cello (Wednesday, November 16) Spend an evening of classical music with Fifth House Ensemble, featuring the works of Anton Arensky, Johan Halvorsen and Johannes Brahms. Guests can bask in the nostalgic harmonies of the lush violin, cello, and piano trios and savor the Passacaglia on a Theme by Handel in an exhilarating yet intimate duo performance.

Nickerson Lecture: William August Fiedler: Architecture and Interiors of the “Marble Palace” and Other Magnificent Gilded Age Mansions
(Thursday, November 17) For the third and final Nickerson Lecture, Art historian Rolf Achilles will explore the characteristic architecture and interiors of several important Gilded Age mansions designed by W. August Fiedler. One of three designers responsible for the interiors of our very own Nickerson mansion, Fiedler also designed the 1874 Hegeler Carus mansion in LaSalle, Illinois, a National Historic Landmark.


Sounds of the Season - Carols on the Front Porch with the Festive Singers (Saturday, November 19, from 3 – 5 p.m., complimentary) An annual tradition! As visitors make their way to Michigan Avenue for the Magnificent Mile Lights Parade, they are invited to stop by the Museum to get into the holiday spirit. The crowd favorite Festive Singers, dressed in Dickensian period attire, will once again delight passersby with acapella holiday favorites to enjoy and sing along.

Glitter & Gold Holiday Brunch
(Saturday, December 3, Doors open at 10 a.m., Seating at 11 a.m.,
Adults $95; Youth 13 and under $45) Gather with family and friends for the third annual holiday brunch. A Prosecco toast sets the stage for a festive buffet prepared by Parties and Special Events by Lettuce Entertain You. Pianist James Cebastien and the Festive Singers will entice guests to sing along as they perform favorite carols (and take requests). Tickets include admission to the Museum.

Annual Holiday Cabaret: A Jazzy Home for the Holidays Featuring Dee Alexander and Marquis Hill (Friday, December 9, at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., $55) Join the Museum for an incredible one-of-a-kind performance by two of Chicago’s most treasured jazz performers. Alexander, once of Chicago’s most gifted jazz vocalists and songwriters, brings heart and soul to her music. Hill is a trumpeter whose celebrated talent makes him one of the jazz world’s rising stars. These two artists unite for an unforgettably festive evening of sentimental holiday favorites.

4th Annual Santa Saturdays at the Museum
(Saturdays, December 10 and 17, Timed tickets available for 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and Noon, Adults $15; Youth 3-12 years $10; Children 2 years and younger are free) For two Saturdays the Driehaus Museum will be filled with fun and time-honored seasonal traditions. Throughout the morning, Chicago’s own Aunt Holly will tell lively stories and sing songs. Guests will enjoy festive treats, create holiday art projects and take home a complimentary family portrait taken in the elegantly decorated historic Ballroom to commemorate the day. Don’t forget to visit Santa Claus! Tickets include admission to the Museum.

Holiday Music at the Museum (Saturdays and Sundays in December, from 1-4 p.m., Complimentary with general admission)  Enjoy the sounds of enchanting seasonal music performed by James Cebastien while visiting the Museum on weekend afternoons in December. Requests are welcomed.


The Driehaus Museum also presents the final weeks of its special exhibition With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age, going on now through January 8, 2017. The exhibition features 74 rare original drawings created for Puck magazine, as well as published cartoons and over 20 vintage publications. This exhibition has been organized by the Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, Florida, with special thanks to Jean S. and Frederic A. Scharf. 

For more upcoming programs, including exhibition-related events and guided tours, please visit DriehausMuseum.org.

About the Richard H. Driehaus Museum

Steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the Richard H. 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 lavish interiors are complemented by stunning examples of period furniture, decorative arts, stained glass, and period pieces selected from the Driehaus Collection. The Museum features changing exhibitions, pubic programs, and a Museum Store inspired by this national treasure. For more information, visit DriehausMuseum.org.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
40 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611

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