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

City on Fire | Family Gallery Guide

  Use this fun gallery guide as you explore the City on Fire: Chicago 1871 exhibition. Learn more about the exhibition at We look forward to welcoming you to the Museum! Gallery Guide (English) PDF | Guía de la Galería Familiar (Español) PDF

City on Fire | Family Activity Kit

Print out all four activities (download complete kit here) and enjoy learning more about the fire through drawing, writing, and crafting in response to amazing images and documents from the museum’s collection. You can also choose the activities that are the best fit for your family and only print those. The estimated time for each More

For Everyone’s Health and Safety

We’re excited to welcome you back to the Chicago History Museum! Our top priority is the health and safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers, which is why we’re asking everyone over age two to wear a cloth face cover when inside the Museum. All Museum staff and volunteers will be wearing masks as well. More

CHM at Home | Families (June 5)

Outside Fun! From running and biking along the lakefront to beach volleyball to sailing, we embrace the warm weather months and take advantage of Chicago’s beautiful public spaces. Have fun designing your own outdoor game course. Then go play!

CHM at Home | Families (June 4)

Picture Perfect If you close your eyes and picture your perfect summer day, what would it include? Use your drawing and guessing skills to play a fun game of pictionary all about summer favorites from arts and crafts to zoos.

CHM at Home | Families (June 3)

Set Sail! Chicago’s beaches along Lake Michigan are fantastic places to play outside and breath in some cooler air. They are also home to sailboat races all summer long. Make your own cork boat, then test how well it floats as you set sail!

CHM at Home | Families (June 2)

Windy City Kites Chicago is often called the Windy City. It earned this nickname because politicians and organizers were bragging about Chicago while lobbying to be the host city for the 1893 world’s fair. Today, most people associate it with our gusty weather. Make your own paper bag kite and see how high you can More

CHM at Home | Families (June 1)

A Tough Call and Your Homerun Choices Read or listen to the story A Tough Call to find how the White Sox dominated baseball during the mid 1910s and the scandal that ruined the 1919 season. In the story, meet Danny, a huge White Sox fan, who draws lessons from the past to make his More

CHM at Home | Neighborhoods

Hood by Hood: Discovering Chicago’s Neighborhoods After exploring the cultural richness of some of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods, did it make you think about your neighborhood? If your neighborhood was explored, what else would you like the rest of Chicago to know about it? As a Chicagoan, you have a hand in what the future of More

CHM at Home | Teens

Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood is one of the most famous planned neighborhoods in the US and is notable for its role in US labor history. George M. Pullman may have built the neighborhood, but it was the Pullman Porters who worked on his luxury train cars who made history in 1925 when they formed the first More