Program Overview

Everyone's a Designer Everyone's Design logoEveryone’s a Designer/Everyone’s Design, produced by Illinois Humanities, is a free traveling museum exhibition that explores and celebrates everyday Chicagoans’ influence on art and design in the city. Travelling across Chicago’s Cultural Centers, the exhibition tells the stories of 5 people, the homes they’ve made uniquely their own, and the rich design and architectural history of their neighborhoods.

Join The Story

We want YOU to contribute to the exhibition! Join us at any of our opening receptions, or bring a unique object from your home to any of the Public Programs around the city, and help document the story of how you turned your personal space into a home that reflects your own history, culture, and communities.

Exhibition Dates and Public Programs

Calumet Park Cultural Center9801 S Avenue G

Everyone’s A Designer/Everyone’s Design begins its journey at the Calumet Cultural Center in South Chicago, an area long known for its heavy industry, strong communities, and natural surroundings.

Featured in the exhibition is local resident Tim Heppner’s wood-framed bungalow.

Utilizing carpentry skills and a passion for learning about environmentally responsible design, Tim has transformed his house, originally built in 1875, into a net-positive-energy home. The structure is completely self-reliant for electricity, water, and heat. Additionally, during warmer months, Tim’s backyard garden provides fresh produce that lasts him through the year. Tim is now an ambassador for Chicago’s Green Homes Project and an expert in sustainable design.

August 3-24: Exhibition
August 7: Opening Reception
August 18: Public Program

Indian Boundary Line Cultural Center – 2500 W Lunt Ave

September 9-29: Exhibition
September 13: Opening Reception
September 26: Public Program

Austin Town Hall Cultural Center – 5610 W Lake St

October 8-29: Exhibition
October 11: Opening Reception
October 24: Public Program

Tuley Park Cultural Center – 501 E 90th Pl

November 3-December 1: Exhibition
November 9: Opening Reception
November 13: Public Program

Chicago Cultural Center – 78 E Washington St

December 8-February 3: Exhibition
December 8: Opening Reception
January 12: Public Program

Read/Write Library – 914 N California Ave

December 19: Public Program

Roger Brown Study Collection – 1926 N Halsted St

January 30: Public Program

National Public Housing Museum – 625 N Kingsbury St

February 2: Public Program

More about the Program

Everyone’s a Designer/Everyone’s Design is being produced by Illinois Humanities in partnership with the Chicago Park District, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, History Moves, Parsons & Charlesworth, Society of Smallness, and VAM Studio.

Everyone’s a Designer/Everyone’s Design is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art as part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.