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We know that especially now, it is more vital than ever that we stay connected with one another and with our communities. Our education team has designed daily activities for kids, families and teens that promote learning of Chicago history, making personal connections with the city, encouraging family conversation, and fostering creativity. 

These history challenges are easy to do and use everyday household items. You can get your child started independently or you can explore together. All of our activities promote learning of Chicago history, help make personal connections with the city, encourage family conversation, and foster creativity. The daily challenges will also be posted on our website, so you can do them anytime.

Feel free to share your creations with us using the hashtag #CHMatHomeFamilies on social media, so we can create a digital community that showcases what we love about Chicago and celebrates families and communities across the city. We hope you enjoy these at-home history challenges and your time together.



Activities are designed for educators, students and families with kids in grades 3-5

See all activities here. 

See our City on Fire activities here.





Activities can be completed at home, independently by teens, grades 9-12

See all activities here.




Hood by Hood: Discovering Chicago’s Neighborhoods

Weekly family challenge that explores how migrants, immigrants, and refugees shaped the history of Chicago’s neighborhoods.

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Barrio por Barrio: Descubriendo los Vecindarios de Chicago

Es un reto semanal para familias que explora cómo migrantes, inmigrantes y refugiados moldearon la historia de los vecindarios de Chicago.

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