The Deering family has been a major benefactor of Chicago-area institutions for over a century. Originally from Maine, the family established deep roots in Chicago in the late 19th century. Charles Deering generously supported Northwestern University and his world-class collection of art, tapestries, and antiques were donated to the Art Institute of Chicago by his daughters after his death.
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Deering Estate staff and The Deering Estate Foundation Board of Directors have visited the Art Institute of Chicago on multiple occasions for curatorial research and to better understand the scope and significance of the original collection. The 2017 unveiling of The Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor has drawn well-deserved attention to the long-term patronage of the Deering Family to some of the museum’s most prized collections.
The Charles Deering Memorial Library, constructed in 1933, hosts a unique assortment of Charles’s collection of prints, drawings, letters, and paintings, Northwestern University Libraries have in recent years welcomed access by the Deering Estate curatorial team to explore their archival materials for exciting collaborative historic exhibits.