Masks required in Abakanowicz Research Center; optional for rest of Museum. MORE

Fall Family Day

Join us for a day of activities celebrating the first-year anniversary of the City on Fire: Chicago 1871 exhibition, which explores the social, political, and economic dynamics of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This day will offer several family-friendly activities, including a musical performance, dollmaking activities, and character-led tours of City on Fire. All More

Back With You Again: Celebrating 75 Years of Kukla, Fran, and Ollie

Created by Chicagoan Burr Tillstrom, Kukla, Fran, and Ollie premiered on October 13, 1947, under the title Junior Jamboree. It quickly developed a local Chicago following, and then a national reach. Puppets Kukla, Ollie, and the various Kuklapolitans engaged Fran Allison and other guests in conversations, song, and make believe that delighted children and adults alike. More

Family Event | Indigenous Peoples’ Day

On October 8, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. issued a presidential proclamation stating that “(o)n Indigenous Peoples’ Day, our Nation celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the Federal Government’s trust and treat obligations to Tribal Nations.” For thousands of years, the place now More

Civic Season | Flag Day

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 to commemorate the adoption of the US flag on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Join us at CHM for an afternoon of flag-related activities. The event begins with author and Chicago Sun-Times editorial board member Lee Bey moderating a More

Civic Season | Independence Day

Wrap up the Civic Season with us on the Fourth of July as we celebrate freedom and envision what that means for all. Join us in the Museum’s backyard as we reflect on our country’s past and form new traditions for our futures together. Activities include our new children’s Freedom Dance Party, a keynote speech More

Family Event | Fire in Boomtown

Join musicians and storytellers Amy Lowe and Megan Wells for a musical mix of commentary, theater, and history as they recount the story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Hear about the resiliency of Chicagoans as they rebuilt and recovered following the losses from the tragic fire. Be sure to visit our exhibition City on More