Holiday hours: 12/26–12/30, open until 6pm; 12/24 & 12/31, closing at 2:30pm; 12/25 & 1/1, closed. 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 with performances and activities that all center women’s role in shaping Chicago. Included with general admission. Schedule To Come!   While masks are appreciated and recommended, More

Family Event | Black History Month

In 1925, historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson instituted Negro History Week, which was expanded to Black History Month by President Gerald R. Ford in 1976. Join us at CHM to learn about notable Black figures who have made an impact on local and national levels. Included with general admission.   Schedule To come!   While 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. Included with admission, which is FREE for all Illinois residents on this day.   Schedule To come!   While masks are appreciated and recommended, they are 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

Family Event | Guild Holiday Party

The Guild of the Chicago History Museum invites families and friends to ring in the holiday season with them! Enjoy an evening of good cheer and wintery drinks and nibbles with one of Chicago’s favorite caroling groups, the Great Lakes Dredge and Philharmonic Society. These festive fellows in tall top hats and long scarves known More

Family Event | Indigenous Peoples’ Month

November is Indigenous Peoples’ Month! Celebrate the rich heritage and histories of the people who were in Chicago first. Learn about the lives they still lead today as Indigenous artist and scholar Tony Tiger talks about his work. Included with general admission. RSVP not required for event, only if you would like a free print More

Family Event | Spectacularly Spooky Saturday

Looking for some family-friendly activities to do Halloween weekend? Come out to CHM for a day of fall-time fun! Enjoy face painting by Wina Shelley of Party Picassos Face Painting, doll making activities with Lori Bibbs, and, of course, CANDY! To round out your spooky time at CHM, be sure to check out our scavenger-hunt More

Partner Event | Latinx Art Market

Join us at the Gage Park Latinx Council Cultural Center to celebrate the final day of Latinx Heritage Month! At the Latinx Art Market, support local Latinx creators while enjoying live musical performances, traditional Mexican foods, family art making activities influenced by traditional Latinx practices, and creating a community altar for Día de los Muertos. More