Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America (New Exhibit Coming to the Chicago History Museum)

[all photos courtesy of the Chicago History Museum]

A fantastic new exhibit is about to open at my favorite museum in Chicago!  On October 27th, 2018, the Chicago History Museum is presenting an exhibit called, “Modern by Design:  Chicago Streamlines America“.  The exhibit is a salute to Chicago designers and manufacturer’s that brought modern design to the American market.

The exhibit will include about 300 objects, photographs, and documents from the 1930’s through the 1950’s. During that time-frame, Chicago companies were embracing ‘modern’ technology and incorporating it into all kinds of products for the American household.  It was known as, “Streamline Design“.  Have you seen this type of design before? You probably have and maybe didn’t know that its roots were from Chicago (I didn’t know that until recently and I’ve seen this design in some vintage stores in Canada).

I find these decades absolutely fascinating, and the Streamline Design is really unique (and was very popular in the 30’s through the 50’s).  Some of the items on display will include:

  • Streamlined products and appliances by Chicago manufacturers such as:  Sears, Sunbeam, and Montgomery Ward’s
  • Advertisements for the famous, “Wrigley Chewing Gum”
  • Tubular Steel Furniture designed by Wolfgang Hoffmann for the W.W. Howell Company:

  • Not just for the modern home, there are also Streamline Design products for radio, such as microphones:

If you are in Chicago or planning a trip here, I would highly recommend seeing this exhibit (and the entire museum, for that matter).  This particular exhibit will run until December 1st, 2019.  For more information about the Streamline Design Exhibit and the Chicago History Museum in general, here is their website:

Chicago History Museum

Or if you’d prefer to call, their number is:  (312) 642-4600.

I’m going to visit this exhibit shortly after it opens, so I’ll be sure and take lots of pictures to share with you!

  27 comments for “Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America (New Exhibit Coming to the Chicago History Museum)

  1. September 30, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    I look forward to your photos, Cher. this era made such cool furniture and kitchens. ❤️

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    • September 30, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you, John! It’s such a cool era for design, isn’t it? Cher xo

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      • September 30, 2018 at 2:37 pm

        You betcha Cher, my dad still has a few antique cars and lots of things from the early 1900’s through the sixties. This is why I like this stuff so much. If I were closer I’d sure go see this exhibit.

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      • September 30, 2018 at 2:55 pm

        Ah, that’s so cool about your Dad, John! I totally understand! Well if you find yourself passing through Chicago next year, you must see this exhibit (as opposed to going over Lake Michigan to O’Hare; not so easy to see from the air! 😉 Cher xo

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      • September 30, 2018 at 5:38 pm

        That’s all I see of Chicago – on Approach and Departing!

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      • September 30, 2018 at 5:55 pm

        I knowwwwww!!! LOL Cher xo

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  2. September 30, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    I want that kitchen!

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  3. September 30, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    I love such exhibitions. Although I did not experience that time I still have a connection through my parents or grandparents.

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    • September 30, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      Yes, I love them too, dear Erika! I didn’t know it was an American design until recently, but I guess it did travel all over the world so that’s very cool! Thank you, my dear! Cher xo

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  4. September 30, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Brings back sweet memories… If I lived nearby, I sure wouldn’t want to miss it! 🙂 So glad you’re sharing… xo

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    • September 30, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Ah, thank you so much, dear Bette! I will definitely make sure to take lots of pics! It really is my favorite museum in Chicago, and I am certainly looking forward to this new exhibit so I can share it!! Cher xo

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  5. September 30, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Looks so fun!

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    • September 30, 2018 at 5:55 pm

      Hi Leigh! It is so nice to see you! It sure does, doesn’t it? I’ll be posting pics from my visit there (early November)! Thank you! Cher xo

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  6. October 2, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Love this look back, I would love to experience this! Xo

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