Chicago Scene: The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Richard H. Driehaus Museum www.driehausmuseum.org
Steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum is a fascinating and rare example of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age. The galleries are furnished with pieces from the most celebrated designers of the late 19th and early 20th century, such as Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Herter Brothers. These objets d’art are presented in harmony with the immaculately-restored interiors and surviving furnishings of the Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion, which was designated as a national landmark in 1977. For more information about the Museum, its collection or offerings, please visit www.driehausmuseum.org
Got Gatsby Fever? If so, the Museum has the cure with the premiere of its new annual program “Mix and Mingle at the Movies,” which celebrates classic films with a Gilded Age connection. The Program debuts Saturday, June 8th at 7 p.m. and features The Great Gatsby (1974). In homage to Jay Gatsby’s famous parties, this special screening will feature vintage cocktails and a 1920s-style costume contest.
“The Museum’s lavish late 19th-century interiors provide the perfect setting for this film,” says Driehaus Museum Director Lise Dubé-Scherr. “The Great Gatsby is set in the Roaring Twenties, but this movie was filmed partly on location in the grand Gilded Age-era mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. These palaces share their heritage of opulence, wealth, and entertaining on a grand scale with the Nickerson Mansion.”
The evening commences at 7:00 p.m., allowing guests to indulge in vintage cocktails and explore the Museum. At 7:30 p.m., guests enjoy movie-style popcorn and the feature presentation, which will be shown in the Museum’s ballroom. The movie runs 144 minutes, and there is 30-minute intermission for guests to vote for the best dressed 1920s costume. Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.