Past Programs & Events

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

Friday, April 17, 2015

My Fair Audrey: An Evening of Cabaret- Sold Out!

Join Driehaus Museum favorite Hilary Feldman accompanied by Beckie Menzie in a musical tribute to Audrey Hepburn. > Read more

Friday, March 27, 2015

Irish Folk Music

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day we welcome, Trillium, a Chicago based acoustic quartet. > Read more

Saturday, February 21 and March 7, 2015

Mrs. Thorne's World of Miniatures

Join us for our first Book Club of the New Year. > Read more

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Maker & Muse:
The Story Behind Selected Jewels- Second Lecture Added!

Curator Elyse Zorn Karlin presents insights into the art jewelry genre. > Read more

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Exhibition Preview Party

Be among the first to experience the special exhibition Maker & Muse before it opens to the public. > Read more

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Collection- Sold Out!

Join us for a lively discussion of The Collection which explores the glamorous world of haute couture through the eyes of a young girl working as a seamstress at one of the most intriguing fashion houses in history. > Read more

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Crab Tree Farm: Exploring the Arts and Crafts Movement- Sold Out!

Join us this spring for a new travel tour which takes us to Lake Bluff, Illinois to visit Crab Tree Farm, a private estate with farm buildings that display Arts and Crafts collections in settings that have been purposely designed to reflect the aesthetics of the movement. > Read more

Thursday, April 30, 2015

From Brooklyn to Hollywood: A Journey in Jewels

Join us for this special lecture where Neil Lane will discuss his passion for jewelry. > Read more

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Love is in the Air:
A Valentine's Day Jazz Concert- SOLD OUT

Let jazz vocalist Rose Colella serenade you this Valentine's Day. > Read more

Saturdays and Sundays in December, 2014

Holiday Music at the Museum

Enjoy the sounds of enchanting seasonal music on weekend afternoons in December. > Read more

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Landscape Genius: Frederick Law Olmsted, O.C. Simonds, & Jens Jensen

Even while industrialists in the19th century exploited and degraded the country’s natural resources for profit, three early landscape architects worked to save the landscape. Olmsted, Simonds, and Jensen were far-sighted men whose public and private projects set the tone for finding great non-monetary value in our green space. Barbara Geiger tells their stories and shows examples of their historic work that still benefit us today.

> Read more

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Glitter & Gold Holiday Brunch

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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

An Evening Inspired by Bach

Join us as award-winning and nationally celebrated Colombian-American cellist, Christine Lamprea makes her debut at performing J.S. Bach’s classic, Suite No. 6 together with an inspired medley of 20th-century compositions. > Read more

Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13 , 2014

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year:
Holiday Cabaret - Sold Out!

‘Tis the season to delight in the sensational vocal-stylings of acclaimed artist, David Edelfelt. Together, he and Chicago’s favorite chanteuse, Beckie Menzie will perform winter and holiday favorites in their popular cabaret-style, while you enjoy drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. > Read more

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light

Louis C. Tiffany used colored glass as a painter uses pigments. In this illustrated lecture, Lindsy Parrott, Director/Curator of the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, will explore the history of Tiffany's glass and highlight some of the special types of glass found in his celebrated windows and lamps. > Read more

Saturdays, December 13 and 20, 2014

Santa Saturdays at the Driehaus Museum

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

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Preserving the Magic and Poetry of Havana

Havana’s distinct architectural heritage spans over five centuries reflecting the countries development and has helped define its cultural identity. Join guest speaker Professor Julio Cesar Perez as he introduces you to this fascinating Caribbean Metropolis. > Read more

Saturdays, October 18 & November 1
Wednesday, October 29 , 2014

Death, Disease and Bones: The Lincoln Park Walking Tour

On this fascinating walking tour, learn about the macabre history of Chicago's Lincoln Park, which was once a vast, windswept cemetery. > Read more

Friday, October 17, 2014

Gypsy Jazz: Swing Gitan

Back by popular demand! Chicago's premiere gypsy-jazz band, Swing Gitan, led by Alfonso Ponticelli returns to the Museum for an evening of foot-tappin' swing played on acoustic instruments in the 1930's-style music of guitarist Django Reinhardt. > Read more

Friday, October 24
Saturday, October 25 - Sold Out! , 2014

4th Annual Murder Mystery at the Marble Palace: Feud in Ragtime

The Museum’s popular Murder Mystery returns with a new format and a new tale. Set in 1915, Feud in Ragtime is filled with countless twists and turns, and features a cocktail reception, a seated four-course meal, and lively guest participation – you could be the Murderer!
This year’s event is a lighthearted, bawdy romp into the bloody feud between two prominent Chicago families. Hilarious hijinks and scandalous secrets set the stage for a farce of murderous proportions!

Tickets include a reception, dinner in the Museum’s historic Ballroom, and prizes. Period attire is encouraged, but not required. Guests must be 21 years of age.  As space is limited, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Feud in Ragtime is presented in partnership with Get Away with Murder Productions.

> Read more

September 28, 2014 , 2014

Royal Women, the Court and the British Couture Industry in the 20th-Century

Deirdre Murphy, Curator, Historic Royal Palaces
Presented in partnership with Historic Royal Palaces.

Join Ms. Murphy for this complimentary lecture as she explores the fascinating relationship between the court and the couture industry in 20th-century Britain.

> Read more

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Art of the Landscape and the Architect
Presented by Michael G. Imber, FAIA

This talk will explore the relationship between landscape and culture through painting. Landscape painting has always represented much more than the literal depiction of a place. Painting embodies both cultural and personal memories that are important to understand the meaning and spirit of a landscape to its people; these include historical, socio-economical, political and even religious views. Architects have traditionally used drawing and painting to increase their understanding of culture and place. Likewise, by adopting these time-honored practices, architects today can create more informed, sustainable, meaningful and lasting architecture. > Read more

Saturday, September 27, 2014

One Day Excursion
Ruthmere: An Eclectic Beaux Arts Mansion - Sold Out!

Join us this fall for our second travel tour, led by art historian Rolf Achilles, which takes us to Elkart, Indiana to experience the Ruthmere Museum’s exceptional fine and decorative arts collection housed in an elegantly restored 1910 historic home steeped in local history. > Read more

Saturday, October 11 , 2014

Book Club: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Discuss Gilded Age fiction, biography, and history with the authors and historians. Join us for a lively discussion of Oscar Wilde’s only published novel. > Read more

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Book Club: I am Madame X

Discuss Gilded Age fiction, biography, and history with the authors and historians. In this remarkable novel, author Gioia Diliberto tells the story of American beauty Virginie Gautreau, the subject of John Singer Sargent’s famous 1884 painting Portrait of Madame X. > Read more

Monday, September 29, 2014

An Enchanting Evening with Mozart and Bartok - Sold Out!

Delight your senses with Mozart’s effervescent Quartet for Flute and Strings, as well as Bartók’s intricate and intense Romanian Dances in the Museum’s historic Ballroom. As a special guest, Rembrandt Chamber Players will welcome Grammy Award-winning artist Howard Levy who will premiere his commissioned Sonata for Oboe and Piano. > Read more

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Make Music Chicago
at the Driehaus Museum

On June 21, people of all ages, musical genres, and ability levels will gather throughout the day in Chicago's public places, including the Driehaus Museum, to make music. > Read more

Sunday, June 1, 2014

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

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cool Jazz on a Hot Summer Night

Enjoy an entertaining evening with the Chicago Jazz Caravan, an ensemble featuring some of Chicago's most seasoned Jazz musicians, as they delight your senses. > Read more

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hildreth Meière and the Classical Roots of Art Deco

Art Deco artist Hildreth Meière is not well known, even though many of her designs are here in Chicago. Author Kathleen Murphy Skolnik will introduce you to this talented artist and her modern interpretations of classical themes. Sold Out! > Read more

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