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Family Event | Navroz, the Persian New Year

Celebrate Navroz, the Persian New Year, at the Chicago History Museum! Presented in collaboration with The Ismaili Council for the Midwestern US, learn about the history and traditions behind Navroz at this family-friendly event through activities such as egg decorating, tile painting, Haft-Sin table displays, henna, and more. Navroz/Наврӯз (or Nowruz) means “new day.” The More

CHM Giving Day 2023

Come one, come all, come celebrate our fourth annual Giving Day! Held on March 12 in salute to Chicago’s original area code 312, Illinois residents get FREE admission on this day with a suggested donation at the door. Enjoy exciting activities such as IDEA stations (Rubble to Recovery and our Artifact Cart), pop-up displays of More

Family Event | AAPI Heritage Month

Celebrate Chicago’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community with us. AAPI Heritage Month takes place in May to commemorate two dates: May 7, 1843, when the first Japanese immigrant arrived in the US, and May 10, 1869, when the transcontinental railroad, which was built by numerous Chinese immigrant workers, was completed. Included with general More

Evento asociado | Recuerdos, reliquias y conservación

Presentado en colaboración con 18th St. Casa de Cultura, únete a nosotros para aprender consejos prácticos sobre cómo conservar tus propias colecciones de fotografías personales, peliculas, documentos, etc. Esta charla bilingüe GRATUITA cuenta con la Dra. Elena Gonzales, Curadora de Participación Pública y Justicia Social del CHM y la directora de colecciones en el museo, More

Partner Event | Preserving Heirlooms and Histories

Presented in partnership with 18th Street Casa de Cultura, join us to learn tips on preserving your own collections of personal photographs, negatives, documents, and more. This FREE bilingual chat features CHM curator of civic engagement and social justice Elena Gonzales and director of collections Julie Wroblewski sharing about the best ways to store and More

Family Event | Women’s History Month

From Kitihawa to Ida B. Wells to Jane Addams to Jane Byrne, women have been instrumental in Chicago’s history. Join us at CHM as we commemorate Women’s History Month by highlighting women storytellers and storytelling as a way of recounting history. Through their performances, Starla Thompson and Connie Shirakawa will share how their personal life More

Gallery Activities | Black History Month

Did you know the origins of Black History Month can be traced to Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood? In 1915, historian and author, Carter G. Woodson visited Chicago for the National Half Century Exposition and Lincoln Jubilee—a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. During the event, Carter More

Family Event | Presidents’ Day

Illinois has been home to four US presidents: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, and Obama. Commemorate Presidents’ Day at CHM and discover the lives behind the legends of the American presidency. Enjoy hands-on activities at your own pace, created with families of young children in mind, including: An Oval Office interactive to learn more about the president’s More

Family Event | Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Commemorate the enduring legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at our annual family-friendly event. Join us as we reflect on his life and work—particularly in Chicago such as the Chicago Freedom Movement—through special family-friendly activities and performances for all ages. As with all our Commemorative Days, the day’s activities are designed to honor More