Past Programs & Events

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Through the Lens: Photographing Tiffany

Join photographer John Faier as he shares his unique insights and the techniques he used to illuminate the work of the Louis Comfort Tiffany. > Read more

Saturday, September 10 or Saturday, September 17, 2014

One-Day Travel Tour
The Historic Hegeler Carus Mansion

Back by popular demand! Enjoy a fascinating day trip to LaSalle, Illinois to experience the magnificent Hegeler Carus mansion and the grandeur of a bygone era. > Read more

Sunday, May 11, 2014

In the Secret Garden -
4th Annual Mother's Day Tea

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

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Trunk Show with Julia Knight - NEW!

Experience the world of designer Julia Knight during our first ever Trunk Show. > Read more

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Celebrate Dad: Father's Day at the Museum

This Father’s Day, we celebrate the men in our lives and the machines they love—automobiles. Weather permitting; two vintage cars from Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage will be displayed in front of the Driehaus Museum from noon until 3 p.m. All dads receive complimentary general admission to the Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. > Read more

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Rescuing the Flamingos

Louis Comfort Tiffany originally designed the “Feeding the Flamingos” window as an exhibition piece for the World Columbian Exposition of 1893 and considered it one of his most important works. Mr. Venturella will share the restoration of the window and how previous repairs were rectified in preparation for display at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida. > Read more

Sunday, April 6, 2014

It “fairly dazzles”…:Orientalism
in the Gilded Age

In this lecture, Holly Edwards will examine the influence of the “Orient” on everything from art and advertisements to fashion and film at the turn of the 20th century. > Read more

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Russian Music for Cello and Piano: Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Shchedrin

Experience a new dimension of classical music with Chicago-based musical duo of Russian cellist Ian Maksin and Bulgarian pianist Ani Gogova. Immerse yourself in the exhilarating sounds of 20th century Russian composers Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Shchedrin.
> Read more

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ella, Billie, and the Femme Fatales of Jazz

Join us as the Rose Colella Trio salutes Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and the femme fatales who conquered the jazz genre. > Read more

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Neoclassical Architecture in Greece:
Architecture and Urbanism in an Age of Political Turmoil and Economic Austerity

Michael Lykoudis joins the Chicago ICAA to discuss how a new Greek national identity was created during the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries with aspirations of modernity and prosperity in a period of great economic austerity and political turmoil. The architectural unity that evolved was a profound lesson in place-making for the world as a whole but especially for Greece. > Read more

Thursday, April 9, 2014

The Achievements of the Low Art Tile Company- Sold Out!

The Low Art tile Company produced some of the finest ceramic tiles ever made in the United States. Between 1878 and 1904 Low tiles were displayed in numerous showrooms around the United States, Canada and Britain. The talk will provide a window into the artistic world of late 19th century America. > Read more

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Nickerson Lecture
Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy

One of the legendary American residences, Hearst Ranch has also been described as one of the most beautiful places on Earth. > Read more

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nickerson Lecture
The First American Skyscrapers: Chicago & New York

Perennial rivals Chicago and New York are noted for their majestic skylines, first defined in the 19th century. Its island location encouraged Manhattan architects to build vertically. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 drew established and aspiring architects to a city that required complete rebuilding. > Read more

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Upgrade: Chester Arthur, Louis Tiffany and the White House

Get a glimpse into Chester A. Arthur's White House including interiors designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. > Read more

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nickerson Lecture
Consumer’s Metropolis:
The Loop in the Age of Daniel Burnham

Emily A. Remus examines campaigns to sweep ladies out of the public space of Chicago’s downtown and illustrates how Daniel Burnham’s new plan for development ultimately created a consumers’ metropolis that pushed industry to the margins and opened up the Loop to the leisure class. > Read more

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

J’aime Paris Cabaret: Love Songs of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Charles Trenet

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in classic Paris street cabaret style as the French Cabaret Duo transports you to the romantic and nostalgic world of l’amour à Paris. Get a Sweet Deal for your sweetheart - we're offering half price tickets this week! > Read more

Wednesday, March 5 and Thursday, March 6, 2014

Clara and Mr. Tiffany
Lecture by Susan Vreeland

Discover the secrets of the “Tiffany Girls” with internationally known author Susan Vreeland. This illustrated lecture will explore the world of the Women’s Department at Tiffany Studios. > Read more

Friday, May 2, 2014

Spring Fever with John Moulder

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

Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from June 25 through September 1 , 2014

The "Tiffany Girls" Studio Tour

Sneak into the “studio” with Tiffany designers Clara Driscoll and Agnes Northrop. > Read more

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Gilded Age with Rachmaninoff and His Contemporaries

Inspired by Tiffany’s iconic works on view at the Museum this season, Rembrandt Chamber Players brings you compositions from late 19th century composers, like Benjamin Britten, Charles Griffes, Leo Ornstein, and Sergei Rachmaninoff, who were also inspired by the cultural milieu of the Gilded Age. > Read more

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Clara and Mr. Tiffany

The Driehaus Museum introduces the Winter Book Club! Grab your book and a seat next to the author for this eye opening discussion of Susan Vreeland’s popular book, Clara and Mr. Tiffany. > Read more

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Jewel of the Gold Coast:
Mrs. Potter Palmer’s Chicago

The Driehaus Museum introduces the Winter Book Club! Join us for lively discussions of Gilded Age fiction, biographies, and history with the authors where we will expound upon the book from a literary perspective as well as discuss the larger historical context of its content. > Read more

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Jewel of the Gold Coast:
Mrs. Potter Palmer’s Chicago

The Driehaus Museum introduces the Winter Book Club! Join us for lively discussions of Gilded Age fiction, biographies, and history with the authors where we will expound upon the book from a literary perspective as well as discuss the larger historical context of its content. > Read more

Saturdays, December 7, 14, & 21, 2013

Santa Saturdays at the Driehaus Museum

Celebrate the traditions of Gilded Age America that continue to make our winter holidays special! > Read more

Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays in December, 2013

Meet the Servants

Mrs. Williams and her staff share their secrets for a traditional Victorian holiday! > Read more

Thursday, December 12, 2013

An Evening of Cabaret:
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Join Laura Freeman, Beckie Menzie, and Marianne Murphy Orland for a playful and heartfelt evening of holiday cabaret. > Read more

Saturday, November 16, 2013

One-Day Symposium
Louis Comfort Tiffany: The Artist & His Legacy

Hosted by WTTW’s Geoffrey Baer, the symposium explores the artistry and legacy of Louis Comfort Tiffany through a variety of speakers' perspectives. > Read more

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Jazz for the Journey

Before you embark on your winter holiday journeys, enjoy a marvelous quartet of Chicago Jazz Orchestra musicians presenting an evening of jazz standards with the theme of travel. > Read more

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

ICAA Lecture:
The Civic Hall & New Town of Cayalá, Guatemala

Associate professor and architect Richard Economakis presents on Cayalá, the first town in Guatemala entirely devoted to the tenets of New Urbanism, and the civic building he designed to anchor its center. > Read more

Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2013

3rd Annual Murder Mystery at the Marble Palace

The Museum’s popular murder mystery returns in its third year with a new tale filled with twists and turns! > Read more

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Songs of La Belle Époque

This special evening features Nathalie Colas, the French-born classical soprano, and Eugenia Cheng, the talented pianist, joining together in a celebration of Belle Époque melodies. > Read more

Saturdays, October 5 through December 28, 2013

Tiffany Travel Tour
Louis Comfort Tiffany: From Calla Lilies to Cathedrals

This unique travel tour takes you from miniatures to monumental windows, revealing Tiffany's ability to create objects for a variety of settings and purposes. > Read more

Saturdays, October 5 through December 28, 2013

Tiffany Travel Tour
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Mastery in Glass

Traveling by private motor coach and led by an expert Museum guide, guests explore the way three distinct spaces highlight unique aspects of the artist’s mastery in glass. > Read more

Saturday, September 28 & Sunday, September 29, 2013

Exhibition Curator’s Lecture:
Tiffany in Chicago

Expanding on his essay in the exhibition catalogue, Exhibition Curator David A. Hanks presents insights into Louis Comfort Tiffany’s largely unknown legacy in Chicago. > Read more

Saturday, November 22, 2013

Sounds of the Season

Once again this year, period-dressed carolers treat passersby to their favorite holiday songs from the Museum's front porch. Stop by before making your way to the Magnificent Mile's Lights Festival! > Read more

Friday, June 21, 2013

Make Music Chicago

The Driehaus Museum is participating once again this year in Make Music Chicago, a citywide celebration of music-making. > Read more

Monday, September 30, 2013

Italian Carnivale

Let the Rembrandt Chamber Players sweep you away to classical Italy during this special evening concert. > Read more

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Independence Day Celebration!

Get a head start on your Independence Day celebrations at the Driehaus Museum! > Read more

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Songs of Francis Poulenc: An Evening of Opera

Performers from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and Chicago Opera Theater re-create the popular Gilded Age pastime of live opera in a salon-style setting. > Read more

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father’s Day:
The Nuts and Bolts of Building a Car Collection

View vintage cars outside the Museum and discuss classic car collecting with Stephen Murphy of Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage. Free general museum admission for dads. > Read more

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Aesop’s "The Lion and the Mouse"

Experience Aesop’s classic fable of friendship through an engaging and artistic family puppet show. > Read more

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Happy Birthday, Lionel Hampton!

Celebrate the 105th birthday of the great jazz vibraphonist Lionel Hampton with a talented quartet of Chicago Jazz Orchestra performers. > Read more

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Rembrandt Young Artists Special Concert

Hear the future of classical music during an afternoon concert featuring the young winners of Rembrandt Chamber Players’ High School Chamber Music Competition. > Read more

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother’s Day Tea with Jane Austen

This year, Jane Austen joins you in person for the Driehaus Museum’s popular Mother’s Day Tea. > Read more

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Marble Palace Presents:
Mix and Mingle at the Movies
Now Showing – The Great Gatsby (1974)

In honor of Jay Gatsby, classic literature’s greatest party host, this evening features vintage cocktails and a showing of The Great Gatsby (1974) in our Gilded Age mansion. > Read more

Friday, June 21, 2013

Mostly Music Celebrates 40 Years

Celebrate with Mostly Music Chicago as it celebrates its 40th year, during a performance featuring the world-renowned harpsichordist David Schrader. > Read more

Wednesday, February 27, 2012

The Architecture of Howard Van Doren Shaw:
Reimagining the Traditional House

Howard Van Doren Shaw was one of the best-known country house architects of his day. In this ICAA lecture by Stuart Cohen FAIA, the architect's work is reconsidered in relation to the progressive architectural ideas of his time. > Read more

Thursday, October 17, 2012

Nickerson Lecture:
The House Twain and Tiffany Built

Join the Mark Twain House & Museum’s chief curator, Patti Philippon, in this lecture dedicated to the Louis C. Tiffany & Co., Associated Artists-designed interiors in the celebrated author’s Hartford home. > Read more

Thursday, September 19, 2012

Nickerson Lecture:
Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs 1851-1939

This lecture discusses the decorative arts of the world’s fairs between London’s Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in 1851 and the New York World’s Fair in 1939. > Read more

Thursday, May 16, 2012

Nickerson Lecture:
The Architecture of Leisure: The Florida Coast Resorts of Henry Flagler and Henry Plant

Join Dr. Susan R. Braden in an exploration of the luxurious Florida resort hotels built by Gilded Age rail barons Henry Flagler and Henry Plant. > Read more

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