Local Museums Embrace Rich History of Design in Chicago | Chicago News

A pair of new shows at local museums embrace the rich history of design in Chicago. “Chicago Tonight” visited before they opened to the public for a streamlined look at the city’s influential artists and designers.


Brandis Friedman: At the Chicago History Museum, the exhibition “Modern by Design” explores the city’s role in shaping a beloved and enduring style.

Olivia Mahoney, curator, Chicago History Museum: Streamlined design emerged as a really popular style in the Great Depression, and it is aerodynamic in form, it expresses optimism, a desire for speed and efficiency that really suited modern day life.

Wall clock designed by George Stephens and made by the Hammond Clock Company, Chicago, 1938. (Chicago History Museum)

There’s a natural quality to it as well. And…

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