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A Grand, Gilded Age Gem

Art & Design

Posters on Parade

Chicago boasts no shortage of architectural gems, preserved for the curious 21st-century visitor. In the late 1800s, banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson and his wife, Mathilda Pinkham Crosy Nickerson, commissioned an opulent manse a few blocks from Lake Michigan, halfway between the River North and Near North Side neighborhoods. In 2003, philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus turned the building into a museum, preserving the architecture and turning the structure into an ornate exhibition space. Now, the Driehaus Museum showcases objects and artworks from the founder’s Fine and Decorative Arts collection, which was formed during the early 1970s.

Transport yourself to turn-of-the-century Paris with the current exhibition where 45 French posters from the era are on view. Whimsical and romantic, L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters evokes the energy and passion of the Belle Époque. Set against the museum’s dramatic backdrop, works by such luminaries as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec will thrill any Francophile.