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

SOLD OUT! Member Event | House History

Members and Historical Alliance are invited to join director of research and access Ellen Keith and reference librarians Lesley Martin and Maggie Cusick of CHM’s Abakanowicz Research Center (ARC) as they demonstrate the process of conducting research on your house’s history. You won’t want to miss this chance to learn about the tools that may More

Members Annual Meeting

At our Members’ Annual Meeting, members get exclusive updates on the Museum and our upcoming projects from key staff and board members. In addition to our annual updates, we are excited to welcome author Mark Larson and Nick Bowling, associate artistic director of our community partner TimeLine Theatre, to discuss Chicago’s rich theatre history! Free; RSVP More

Historical Alliance Event | Costume Collection Tour

Historical Alliance members are invited on a tour of our renowned costume collection led by CHM costume collection manager Jessica Pushor! During this exclusive behind-the-scenes experience, you’ll have the opportunity to view items from our costume collection up close and walk through collection storage areas in the Museum’s basement. Afterward, Jessica will talk more about the collection More

Member Event | Coffee with a Curator

Join CHM curator of civic engagement and social justice Elena Gonzales for conversation and coffee! Members are invited to enjoy a free coffee or tea from the North & Clark Café and learn more about Elena’s work at CHM, such as Aquí en Chicago. Free; RSVP required. Can’t be there in person? Log onto Zoom and More

Member Event | Chicago History Podcast LIVE!

CHM members are invited to an exclusive live recording of a Chicago History Podcast episode with host Tommy Henry. Tommy Henry, host of the Chicago History Podcast, has covered topics ranging from the Cicero Race Riots of 1951, to the original Sears Tower, to the history of Chicago hot dogs, and iconic Chicago sports moments. More

Member Event | Stories from Chicago’s LGBTQ+ Past

Happy Pride Month! Members are invited to learn more about Chicago’s rich LGBTQ+ history with Dr. John D’Emilio, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois Chicago and a pioneer in the field of gay and lesbian studies. Dr. D’Emilio will facilitate a presentation examining themes across these histories and a question-and-answer session to connect these More

Members’ Open House

Our annual Members’ Open House provides members and Historical Alliance with exclusive access to the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, and staff. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn more about the Museum! The North & Clark Café and Museum Store will also be open for members and Historical Alliance to redeem More

Members’ History Happy Hour

Test your knowledge of Chicago history! CHM director of exhibitions Paul Durica hosts this trivia night featuring a cash bar and a chance to win an exclusive CHM prize package. Free for members; $10 members’ guests.  Must be 21+ to purchase alcohol. Limit of 6 people per trivia team.

Historical Alliance & All Star Exclusive | Chicago Food Stop

Join the Chicago History Museum and Media Burn Archive for an exclusive look and Q&A at the Chicago Food Stop. This unique pop-up exhibition was created as part of Chicago’s COVID-19 recovery program in partnership with World Business Chicago and the Magnificent Mile Association. The Food Stop showcases food vendors from across Chicago and features More