Chicago Design Museum Seeks a Permanent Home

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Photos by Alex Ha

For the past two years, the Chicago Design Museum (ChiDM) has operated as a highly successful pop-up museum. Drifting between a 6,000-square-foot loft in the city’s Humboldt Park neighborhood and a portion of the third floor in the Chicago loop’s Block 37 mall, the museum is now in search of a permanent home.

To fund this new venture, ChiDM has launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of collecting $50,000, and donation options start as low as $1. “With support from the community, we will continue to serve as a resource for the design community and beyond, facilitating an open dialogue about contemporary and historical design through limited-engagement exhibitions, events, and digital media,” Tanner Woodford, co-founder and chairman at ChiDM, said in a press release.

Depending on the pledge amount, backers will receive incentives like ChiDM memberships, private tours and events, and an exclusive poster series created by past exhibitors and new collaborators. The campaign will run until May 2, and ChiDM hopes to launch their new design gallery and archive on June 1.

In their new permanent space, ChiDM plans to install one exhibition per season, opening the gallery for two months at a time. When the gallery is closed for a month to change exhibitions, the archive will be available for members and students to peruse by appointment.

“2014 is an important year for our community,” Woodford said. “Starting this summer, we will evolve and expand upon ChiDM’s mission, involving the community in our process, and changing our landscape together.”

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