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  • At Home in Chicago Website
    At Home in Chicago

Lilli Carré (artwork), StudioThread (webdesign), screenshot from At Home in Chicago, 2014.

The website for At Home in Chicago is designed to attract visitors to explore the historical, cultural, and architectural resources through the house museums of the Chicago area. It is an exciting invitation for new audiences to investigate the vast range of meanings that we attribute to the concept of "home." Beyond providing textual information, the site is a visually compelling presence that appeals to people who traditionally do not visit house museums. To this end, acclaimed Chicago artist Lilli Carré has created an identity that inspires entirely new audiences to visit and think about the broader themes of history and culture they can explore through house museums. Bringing together these sites in the same online space showcases Chicago’s outstanding cultural resources and highlights the unique places that give opportunities to share dialogues about the human experience as exemplified in our diverse family of house museums.

Lilli Carré (b. 1983) is an artist and illustrator currently living in Chicago. She primarily works in the forms of experimental animation, comics, and print. Her animated films have shown in festivals throughout the United States and abroad, including the Sundance Film Festival, and she is cofounder of the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. Her books of comics include The Lagoon, Nine Ways to Disappear, Tales of Woodsman Pete, and a new collection of stories, Heads or Tails. Her work has appeared in The Believer Magazine, the New Yorker, The New York TimesBest American Comics, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her solo Chicago Works exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2013-14 showcases animations, sculptures, and drawings.

Participating Museums: 6018North Museum, Adlai Stevenson Home, Charnley-Persky Museum, Cuneo Museum and Gardens, David Adler Music and Arts Center, Driehaus Museum, Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, Evanston History Center/Dawes House, Frances Willard Home, Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, Glessner House/Clarke House, International Museum of Surgical Science, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Madlener House/Graham Foundation, Mayslake Peabody Estate, McCormick House/Elmhurst Art Museum, Naper Settlement, National Public Housing Museum, Pleasant Home, Robert R. McCormick Museum/Cantigny, Robie House, Roger Brown Study Collection, and Schweikher House.

Big ideas take root in small places. That's the conviction behind At Home in Chicago (founded in 2011), a family of regional house museums dedicated to telling their stories through the homes of people who have made a mark on this city. Expressing a wide range of the area's historical moments and diverse architecture, the museums of At Home in Chicago are a lens through which “big ideas” can be explored and take root, enriching the Chicago region of today and tomorrow.