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Please note that we are doing our best to meet field trip demand, but the dates you are interested in may already be filled. You will receive a reply to your reservation request as soon as possible.

We are open and ready to help you plan a self-guided field trip for grades 3 and up. At this time, we are not accepting on-site visit requests for kindergarten through 2nd grade students. Student groups are not required to show proof of vaccination. While masks are recommended and appreciated, they are no longer required. We recommend you follow your district and school guidelines regarding masking when planning for your Museum visit.

Please complete our online form to request a field trip visit for grades 3 and up.

Learn more about the Museum’s safety policies and procedures. Discover how we support your instructional goals through our online resources and virtual field trips.

Plan Your Field Trip

It’s Easy. And Free.*

Planning Tips

Please Note: Due to COVID-19, we have transformed your field trip welcome, orientation, and lunch experience! Your learning experience starts and ends in the newly renovated Crown Family Welcome Center. Improvements include more efficient pathways, an immersive orientation film, and a beautiful lunchroom. The Crown Family Welcome Center is your home base throughout your visit and designed to provide a comfortable space that sparks curiosity and promotes conversation. Please note that for safety, lunch seating will be limited and advance reservations are required.

  • The Chicago History Museum is committed to the safety of all our guests and staff. Please familiarize yourself with our COVID-19 safety guidelines in advance of your visit. While masks are recommended and appreciated, they are no longer required.
  • Plan to spend one to three hours at the Museum. Visits begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Advance reservations are required.
  • Request 25-minute lunchroom seating. You must request in advance as lunch seating is limited. Storage is provided for students who bring their own lunches and beverages. You may also order box lunches for your students.
  • Indicate the size of your group. Maximum group size is 50 for a self-guided visit.
  • Secure chaperones. We require one adult for every nine students in grades 2–12. For groups in grades pre-K–1, we require one adult for every four children. Each adult exceeding these ratios will be charged $9. Divide your students into groups of ten prior to arriving at the Museum. A map of the Museum will be prepared for each group leader.
  • For on-site workshop reservations, the maximum number of students is 65 or two classrooms per day. For virtual workshops, the maximum is 35 students per session.
  • Backpacks of any size are not allowed in exhibition spaces. Place medical supplies and and other items in another type of bag (no larger than 13 x 12 x 4 inches) to be worn on your front or at your side. Nothing can be worn on your back in the Museum’s exhibition galleries and public spaces.
  • All Illinois school groups are admitted free of charge. *Out-of-state groups are charged discounted admission.

Admission forIllinois schoolsOut-of-state schools
StudentsFREE$9 each
Teachers/chaperones (pre-K to grade 2, 1 adults:4 students; grades 3-12, 1 adult:9 students)FREE$10 each
Additional adults (exceeding the requirements)$9 each$10 each

On-Site Student Worksheets

Help your students explore the Chicago History Museum by using these graphic organizers. Each is designed to foster close looking skills, create conversation, and spark inquiry. Use these during a visit and then discuss back in the classroom! All worksheets have English and Spanish text.

  • Take a Closer Look: This chaperone guide will help lead students on a visit. It encourages looking for details, having conversations, and making connections. Ideal for use in any gallery and recommended for grades 3–12. (Take a Closer Look PDF)
  • Artifact Analysis: Students choose and write about an artifact, then make inferences about it. Ideal for use in any gallery and recommended for grades 3–12. (Artifact Analysis PDF)
  • 3-2-1 Analysis: Focus on artifacts through close looking, asking questions, description, and then interpretation. Ideal for use in any gallery and recommended for grades 3–12. (3-2-1 Analysis PDF)
  • Map It: Where am I?: This chaperone guide helps spark conversations and investigation using the oversized floor map. Designed for use in the 1st floor Guild Gallery and recommended for grades 1–5. (Map It: Where am I? PDF)
  • My CHM Field Trip: This graphic organizer invites students to write and draw about the artifacts they see and information they learn over the course of their visit. Ideal for use in any gallery and recommended for grades 3–5. (My CHM Field Trip PDF)
  • Considering Perspectives: Students choose an artifact and consider its meaning to people with various perspectives. Ideal for use in any gallery and recommended grades 6–12. (Considering Perspectives PDF)
  • Analyzing Design: Analyze an artifact with a focus on design. Intended for use in the “Second to None” section of Chicago: Crossroads of America and recommended for grades 6–12. (Analyzing Design PDF)
  • Thinking Like a Designer: Analyze artifacts with a focus on design and innovation. Intended for use in the “Second to None” section of Chicago: Crossroads of America and recommended for grades 6–12. (Thinking Like a Designer PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a field trip reservation?

To schedule your trip, complete our online form. Reservations are not accepted via telephone.

How far in advance should I schedule my field trip?

Please schedule your visit at least three weeks in advance. Spaces fill quickly, so please make your reservations early. Consult a school calendar in advance that indicates holidays, in-services, report card days, and school events.

How will I know if my reservation is confirmed?

Your visit is not guaranteed until you have received a confirmation letter via the email provided.

Can I make a lunchroom reservation?

Request a lunchroom reservation using the reservation form. Space is limited. The lunchroom is available for students up to grade 8, we will accommodate high school students as available. Students should bring their own lunches and beverages; storage will be provided.

Can I select my entrance or exit time?

Yes, you should choose both your entrance and exit times. Visits begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and at 12:00 noon on Sunday. Visits can last from one hour to three hours.

What is the maximum group size?

Maximum group size is 50. We ask you to subdivide your students into groups of 10 prior to your visit.

Can I schedule a field trip for students from pre-K to grade 6?

Due to COVID-19, we continue to suspend on-site visits for grades K–2 until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and update our communication as we learn more. In the meantime, we continue to support your instructional goals through our online classroom resources and virtual field trips.

How many chaperones do you require?

We require one adult for every nine students for grades 3 through 12. For groups in grades pre-K through grade 2, we require one adult for every for children.

What are the Museum's gallery rules?

The following are not allowed in our galleries: backpacks, food, drinks (including water bottles), chewing gum, and pens. These rules apply to students, teachers, and chaperones alike. Storage for coats and lunches is provided. While masks are recommended and appreciated, they are no longer required.

My question isn't answered here. How do I contact you?

Please use our contact form or call Irene Sadler, school group visit coordinator, at 312-799-2273.

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