Past Programs & Events

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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

SOLD OUT - Concert: Friend or Foe? An Evening of Cello and Viola Music

Enjoy the ensemble Baroque Band, as they perform suites and sonatas with the Modern Cello and the Baroque Viola Da Gamba. > Read more

Saturday, September 26, 2015

SOLD OUT - One-Day Travel Tour: Rockford, Illinois

Join our next travel tour as we head west for an Asian design inspired visit to two iconic locations. > Read more

Saturday, September 19, 2015

SOLD OUT - Fall Book Club: Remembering Marshall Field's

Go back in time over 150 years ago when Marshall Field's was Chicago's premiere department store. > Read more

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Fall Book Club: Dracula

Join us to discuss Bram Stoker's classic 1897 novel just in time for Halloween > Read more

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Nickerson Lecture: Encounters with Asian Art

Discuss collectors of Asian Art and how they developed their passion > Read more

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Nickerson Lecture: Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room

Join a lively discussion of how the Peacock Room has intersected with the history of collecting Asian ceramics in the West > Read more

Thursday, September 17, 2015

SOLD OUT - Nickerson Lecture: The 'Japan Craze' on Paper - Japonisme in American Graphic Art

Learn why Western artists began incorporating Japanese motifs and aesthetic principles into their work becoming known as "Japonisme". > Read more

Fridays and Saturdays, June 26 through August 29, 2015

Help Wanted: The Summer Servants Tour

The Driehaus Museum’s popular living history tour is back for the summer season! > Read more

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Andrea Palladio: Why Was He the Most Influential Architect of All Time?

Join us in learning more about Andrea Palladio - how the city of Venice shaped him and what he in turn did to shape the city and Renaissance Classical architecture. > Read more

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Rembrandt Young Artists In Concert: Piano Trio Royale

Hear the winners of the 2015 High School Chamber Music Competition perform a program of classical, romantic, and contemporary music. > Read more

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Trunk Show with Two's Company and Tea Forte

Looking for that perfect gift for Mom? Join the Museum Store for its annual spring trunk show. > Read more

First and third Saturdays, May 2 through November 21, 2015

Mansions and Millionaires: The McCormickville Walking Tour

Step back in time to enjoy a special walking tour of Chicago's River North district, led by historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach. > Read more

Saturday, June 13, 2015

One-Day Travel Tour: Historic Milwaukee, Wisconsin- Sold Out!

Our 4th travel tour takes us north to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to visit two important Midwest homes - the Pabst Mansion and the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. > Read more

Monday, June 1, 2015

Souvenir of Florence Classical Music Concert - SOLD OUT!

Celebrate the Rembrandt Chamber Player’s 10th anniversary with this memorable concert. > Read more

First and third Saturdays, May 2 through November 21, 2015

Lasting Legacies: The Grandes Dames of McCormickville

Our newest walking tour illustrates seven civically minded entrepreneurial women who led fascinating lives in the prestigious neighborhood of McCormickville. > Read more

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Bedazzling Mother’s Day Brunch - SOLD OUT!

Join us for our 5th annual Mother’s Day event! Celebrate Mom's special day with an afternoon of luxury and relaxation. > Read more

Friday, May 8, 2015

Lady Day: A Billie Holiday Tribute Concert - SOLD OUT!

Celebrate the life of Billie Holiday with an evening of music as we pay tribute to this phenomenal artist and icon. > Read more

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Lower End of Splendor:
Middle Class Jewelry in Context

Discover the fascinating story of how jewelry became a potent means of expressing a woman’s unique personality. > Read more

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Beautiful, Useful, Enduring:
Chicago Arts and Crafts Jewelry

Join us for a discussion of the artistic and social revival associated with the Chicago Arts and Crafts movement of the early twentieth century. > Read more

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Special Jewelry Conference
"Women and Early 20th Century Art Jewelry"

This one day conference, focusing on 20th century art jewelry, will cover jewelry trends, materials and function as a window into the study of material culture, politics, social change, and world events during the tumultuous time beginning a new century. > Read more

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