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The Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum is situated on ancestral homelands of the Potawatomi people, who cared for the land until forced out by non-Native settlers. Established in 1856, the Museum is now at 1601 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park, its third location. A major museum and research center for Chicago and U.S. history, the Chicago History Museum strives to be a destination for learning, inspiration and civic engagement. Through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events, and programming, the Museum connects people to Chicago’s history and to each other. To share Chicago stories, the Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents, images, and other items that are relevant to the city’s history. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago.

Board of Trustees

Chicago Historical Society Board of Trustees


Professional and civic awards granted to the Museum

Making History Awards

Learn more about the Making History Awards

Annual Report

The 2022 Chicago History Museum Annual Report

The 2021 Chicago History Museum Annual Report

The 2020 Chicago History Museum Annual Report

The 2019 Chicago History Museum Annual Report

The 2018 Chicago History Museum Annual Report

Executive Team

Donald Lassere, Edgar D. and Deborah R. Jannotta President

Michael Anderson, Vice President of External Engagement and Development

Thema McDonald, Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Cheryl Obermeyer, Vice President of Finance


Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago Stories