Everyone’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 Center – 9801 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.
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.