Past Programs & Events

Saturdays and Sundays in December, 2016

Holiday Music at the Museum

Enjoy the sounds of enchanting seasonal music performed by James Cebastien while you visit the Museum on weekend afternoons in December. Requests are welcomed. > Read more

Saturdays, December 10 & 17, 2016

NEW TIMES ADDED! - 4th Annual Santa Saturdays at the Museum

Create holiday memories with the entire family! For two Saturdays "our house" 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. > Read more

Friday, December 9, 2016

SOLD OUT - Annual Holiday Cabaret: A Jazzy Home for the Holidays

Join us for an incredible one-of-a-kind performance by two of Chicago's most treasured jazz performers. These two artists unite for an unforgettably festive evening of sentimental holiday favorites that are sure to get you in the spirit! > Read more

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Glitter & Gold Holiday Brunch - Sold Out

Gather with family and friends for our third annual holiday brunch. This year, enjoy a special day amidst the grandeur of the elegantly festooned Museum with brunch in the historic ballroom. > Read more

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sounds of the Season - Carols on the Front Porch with the Festive Singers

It's an annual tradition! As you make your way to Michigan Avenue for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, don't forget to stop by the Museum to get into the holiday spirit.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Autumnal Reflections: An Evening of Romantic Works for Piano, Violin, and Cello

Spend an evening of classical music with Fifth House Ensemble, featuring works of Anton Arensky, Johan Halvorsen, and Johannes Brahms. > Read more

Friday, November 4, 2016

Twilight Blues Featuring Guy King

Enjoy an intimate evening of solo blues music in the Museum's historic Ballroom featuring Guy King, one of Chicago's favorite bluesmen. > Read more

Monday, November 7, 2016

Exhibition Lecture - Part Two
Chicago's Leading Ladies: The Women Who Left a Lasting Legacy to the City of Chicago

Ms. Sexton Kalmbach will present a new lecture inspired by the current exhibition Women of Influence: Chicago's Leading Ladies which explores progressive women during Chicago's Gilded Age. > Read more

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Nickerson Lecture
William August Fiedler: Architecture and Interiors of the "Marble Palace" and Other Magnificent Gilded Age Mansions

For the third and final Nickerson Lecture, join Art Historian Rolf Achilles for an insightful look into the characteristic architecture and interiors of Gilded Age designer William August Fiedler. > Read more

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Nickerson Lecture
Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age: George Schastey and the Nickerson Mansion

This second Nickerson Lecture by Moira Gallagher, Research Assistant in the American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, brings to light the significant, yet little known cabinet making and decorating enterprise of George A. Schastey. > Read more

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Nickerson Lecture Series
Gilded Age Interiors: Herter Brothers and the William H. Vanderbilt House

This first of three Nickerson Series lectures focuses on one of the preeminent designers who created the magnificent interiors of the "Marble Palace." Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Curator of Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art will chronicle the William H. Vanderbilt mansion in New York highlighting its place within Herter Brothers oeuvre. > Read more

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Exhibition Lecture
Mark Twain's Journalistic Joking

This lecture by Jennifer A. Greenhill, PhD., Associate Professor of Art History, American Art and Visual Culture, University of Southern California explore the creative possibilities offered by the comic press during the Gilded Age through the work of Mark Twain. > Read more

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Exhibition Lecture
With a Wink and a Nod: Puck Magazine and Humor in the Gilded Age

Join us for this special lecture by Janel Trull, Assistant Curator, Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL and lead curator of our current exhibition With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age. > Read more

Friday, October 28 or Saturday, October 29, 2016

6th Annual Murder Mystery
Shamrocks in Old Chicago

The Museum's very popular Murder Mystery returns with a new tale. Hilarious hijinks and scandalous secrets set the stage for a farce of murderous proportions paired with our special exhibition With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age. > Read more

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Folk Tunes and Folk Tales: An Evening of Trios
Performed by Fifth House Ensemble

Join us for an evening of imaginative piano trios presented by the celebrated Fifth House Ensemble. > Read more

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Book Club
Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott

Our popular Book Club steps into the perfumed parlors of Chicago's Everleigh Club through a discussion of Karen Abbott's novel Sin in the Second City facilitated by Dr. Amy Lippert, Historian, University of Chicago. > Read more

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Member-Only Event
Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago Revealed

Join us for an exclusive Member-only private tour of Second Presbyterian Church located in the South Loop. This is a special opportunity to discover this National Historic Landmark. > Read more

Friday, September 16, 2016

Music's Golden Moments: Jazz Trio
Featuring Eric Schneider

Enjoy an evening of Music’s Golden Moments with Eric Schneider, Jeremy Kahn, and Spider Salof as they celebrate the music of Tin Pan Alley songwriters. > Read more

Monday, September 26, 2016

European Mosaic
Presented by The Rembrandt Chamber Musicians

Celebrate the season with a journey into the expressive and melodic folk music of Eastern Europe, a perennial source of inspiration for composers. > Read more

Rescheduled to Wednesday, June 29, 2016

With a Wink and a Nod Member-only Open House

Members are invited to view the exhibition With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age. > Read more

Tuesday, June 14; Doors open at 3:30, lecture begins at 4:00 p.m. OR, 2016

Second Lecture Added!
Chicago's Leading Ladies: The Women Who Left a Lasting Legacy to the City of Chicago

Discover the civic-minded women from the prestigious neighborhoods of Prairie Avenue, McCormickville, and the Gold Coast. > Read more

Saturday, June 4 or Saturday, June 11, 2016

Encounters with Asian Art Travel Tour

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

Saturdays, May 14 through October 15, 2016

Lasting Legacies: The Grandes Dames of McCormickville

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

Saturdays, May 14 through October 15, 2016

Mansions and Millionaires: The McCormickville Walking Tour

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

Wednesdays and Fridays, July 6 through September 2, 2016

Help Wanted: The Summer Servants Tour

The Driehaus Museum’s popular living history Servants’ Tour is back! > Read more

Monday, April 18, 2016

SOLD OUT - Crumpets & Crowns: Hat Tea and the Art of Millinery

Learn about the artistry of millinery, otherwise known as hat making, with local experts as you enjoy tea. > Read more

Thursday, February 4 - Saturday, February 6, 2015

MEMBERS ONLY - Dressing Downton™ Member Open House Preview

A members-only open house to preview the exhibition Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times before it opens to the public. > Read more

Sunday, March 6, 2015

MEMBERS ONLY - Downton Abbey® Series Finale Viewing Party

We invite our members to join us as we say goodbye to the hugely popular British drama, Downton Abbey®. > Read more

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Maker & Muse Farewell Trunk Show

Celebrate Maker & Muse: Women and Twentieth Century Art Jewelry and join us at our Vintage Jewelry Trunk Show. > Read more

Thursday, April 7, 2015

Signature Lecture - Behind the Scenes with Set Designer Jude Farr

Learn about the intricate details of set design and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the sets of Downton Abbey® with award-winning set designer, Jude Farr. > Read more

Saturday, April 16, 2015

Mix & Mingle at the Movies: Gosford Park

Before Julian Fellowes developed Downton Abbey, he created the hilarious film Gosford Park. > Read more

Saturday, February 27, 2015

POSTPONED - Mix & Mingle at the Movies: The General

An evening for those film buffs who have an appreciation for the silent film era as we show the 1926 movie, The General. > Read more

Friday, March 11, 2015

SOLD OUT - Concert: Cole Porter Tribute

Join us for an event honoring Cole Porter in an evening that was sure to thrill the ladies of Downton Abbey! > Read more

Saturday, April 30, 2015

Author Encounters: Francine Segan

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

Saturday, April 2, 2015

Author Encounters: Mary Morris

Learn more about Chicago and the Jazz Age with Mary Morris, author of the book The Jazz Palace. > Read more

Saturday, March 5, 2015

Author Encounters: Carol Wallace

Author Carol Wallace comes to the Museum to discuss her book, To Marry an English Lord, an account that inspired the Downton Abbey character, Lady Cora. > Read more

Saturday, February 13, 2015

SOLD OUT - Valentine’s Day Cabaret - Reel Love: Songs We Love From the Movies

Make this Valentine’s Day weekend one that the special person in your life will never forget. Menzie & Michael bring their unique show showcasing love songs from silver screen. > Read more

Friday, October 23 & Saturday October 24, 2015

SOLD OUT - 5th Annual Murder Mystery at the Marble Palace

Our Murder Mystery dinner returns with a new tale of The Curse of the Hope Diamond! > Read more

Saturdays, December 12 & 19, 2015

SOLD OUT - 3rd Annual Santa Saturdays

Come enjoy holiday traditions at the Museum including treats, portraits, art projects and Santa himself! > Read more

Saturday, December 12, 2015

SOLD OUT - Concert: Cool Yule Holiday Cabaret

Spider Saloff brings her signature holiday show to the Museum this holiday season! > Read more

Saturdays and Sundays in December, 2015

Holiday Music at the Museum

Enjoy sounds of holiday music as you browse through the rooms of the Museum. > Read more

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sounds of the Season

Stop by the Museum on your way to Michigan Ave for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival! > Read more

Saturday, December 5, 2015

SOLD OUT - Glitter & Gold Holiday Brunch

Gather with family and friends for our second annual holiday brunch in the Museum’s historic Ballroom. > Read more

Friday, October 9, 2015

SOLD OUT - Concert: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra

Join us in celebrating “Old Blue Eyes” on the year of what would have been his 100th birthday with a repertoire of his classic songs. > Read more

Friday, November 20, 2015

Evening at the Marble Palace

For the first time ever we're opening our Evening at the Marble Palace event to the public. Bring your friends for a cocktail party in the Nickerson Mansion! > Read more

Thursdays, October 20 (Sold Out!)
and October 27 (Tickets Still Available)
and Saturday, October 22 (Sold Out!), 2015

3rd Annual Spooky Tour
Death, Disease and Bones: The Lincoln Park Walking Tour

Join historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach on a walking excursion through Lincoln Park and learn about its macabre history as a vast, windswept burial site. > Read more

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Lecture: Jewelry As Art: The Austrian Jugendstil Style

Janis Staggs, Associate Director for Curatorial and Publications at Neue Galerie New York, discusses turn of the twentieth century German and Austrian jewelry, otherwise known as Jugendstil. > Read more

Wednesday, April 13, 2015

Concert: Veiled Beauty

Enjoy the ensemble Baroque Band, as they perform suites and sonatas with the flute, viola da gamba, and more! > Read more

Wednesday, January 27, 2015

Concert: Tête-à-tête

Enjoy the ensemble Baroque Band, as they perform sonatas from J.S. Bach. > Read more

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Concert: Triumvirate!

Enjoy the ensemble Baroque Band, as they perform suites and sonatas with the oboe, harpsichord, cello, and more. > Read more

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