As 2021 comes to a close, 50,000feet is proud to renew its commitment to its holiday matching grant to benefit the Design Museum of Chicago for the seventh year in a row. This year, funds raised will benefit Tim Samuelson, the first cultural historian of Chicago, in his work to process and digitize his vast collection of artifacts from the city’s history, thanks to a partnership with the DMC and the City of Chicago.


Members of the DMC board and 50,000feet will match donations dollar-for-dollar (up to $15,000) made before December 31, 2021.


Samuelson has thousands of pieces of historically significant Chicago-based items and artifacts. Recently, he has become the owner of a collection of 100,000 glass images that detail much of Chicago’s past. From intimate documentation of the time following the Chicago Fire to thousands of images detailing African American history; this collection, when combined with contemporary imaging technology, is inspiring and useful for all generations to enjoy. 


As a founding partner, 50,000feet has been honored to support the Design Museum of Chicago’s mission to inspire, educate and innovate through design since its opening in 2012. The DMC defines design broadly, from architecture and street art to choreography and urban planning, and sees design as an integral tool that can help to connect communities and create equity. Through free, short-term exhibitions, engaging public programming and robust partnerships with other arts, academic and non-profit organizations, the museum contextualizes and humanizes design’s influence in everyday life.

50,000feet encourages you to give today and spread the word.