Chicago: Home of House at Navy Pier

A panel in the exhibit. (Photo by Daniel Chiang)

Design Museum Chicago Home of House Exhibition 100 D Js panel

Jul 1 – Oct 31, 2024


Navy Pier (Between Doors 5 and 6)
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611


Family friendly.

This event is presented by Illinois Humanities grantee partner Design Museum of Chicago.

Design Museum of Chicago presents Chicago: Home of House at Navy Pier 

Chicago is the birthplace of House music. House evolved through the early 1980s and brought together Chicagoans of different races, ages, cultures, and orientations like no other medium of that day. 

House music was conceived and perfected in bedrooms and basements of Black and Latino youth on Chicago’s South and West Sides. Legendary DJs including Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy, and The Hot Mix 5 infused disco, R&B, punk, rock, and electronica to inspire teen DJ crews, the fashion industry, and creatives throughout Chicago, and ultimately the world. 

This iteration of Chicago: Home of House was curated by Lauren Lowery, Lori Branch, Kevin McFall and Rob McKay, with Tanner Woodford, Kevin Reader, and Haoyu Lu. The Navy Pier presentation is organized by Erika Taylor VP, Arts, Culture & Engagement and Roselle Allen.

Admission to Chicago: Home of House is free courtesy of Navy Pier.