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Current History Day Teachers: 2022 Registration is now open!

Registration is now open for our 2022 contests! Teachers, please see our School Registration Letter for more information about the registration process and for links to more contest resources. Please share our Student Registration Instructions with your History Day students as they register for the Chicago Metro History Day contests. We have also created a video with step-by-step registration instructions for students.

Teachers must register in zFairs BEFORE their students register, as this will allow students to select the correct school and educator when they register their projects.

***Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 3***

Please email with any registration questions.


Registration Timeline: 

February 1: Student and Teacher registration is OPEN!

February 1-18: Teacher Registration

February 18: Deadline for School Preregistration Form and Preregistration Spreadsheet 

March 3: Student AND teacher registration closes at 5pm


We are now offering virtual coaching sessions for History Day students. Students can sign up here or teachers can email to set up coaching sessions for their classes.

We’ve moved our library of up-to-date classroom and curricular resources to our new Teaching History Day page. If you are looking for a particular resource that used to be on this page, you can find it on our CMHD Resource Archive.

Chicago Metro History Day 2022 will be a HYBRID contest.


Thursday, March 3 – Student registration closes, project submission deadline, and website lockout

Saturday, March 12 – IN-PERSON Junior Division History Day (gr. 6–8) at the Chicago History Museum

Wednesday, March 16 – IN-PERSON Senior Division History Day (gr. 9–12) at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Friday, March 18 – Friday, March 25 – VIRTUAL History Day

Monday, March 28 – VIRTUAL Awards Ceremony

Saturday, April 30 – VIRTUAL State History Day (University of Illinois at Springfield)

June – VIRTUAL National History Day


Unvaccinated students, students who test positive for COVID-19 or are close contacts, and students who prefer a virtual contest setting are welcome to participate in Chicago Metro History Day’s VIRTUAL History Day contest. Judging will take place March 18–25.



This schedule is for students who are registered as IN-PERSON participants only. (Virtual entrants do not attend the in-person events.) Students will receive their individual entry presentation/interview time at check-in.

Junior Division History Day will be held at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark. Please be aware that the St. Patrick’s Day parade is occurring that day and it may affect traffic from certain locations – please allow extra time.

There is a parking lot on the north side of the building at LaSalle and Clark. Parents may get discounted parking by getting a validation code at the visitor services desk.

Students and parents are on their own for food, however, we do have a café in our building and several nearby food establishments if students need to purchase a snack.


Why do History Day?

History Day is a powerful tool for both teachers and students.

Students develop high-level academic skills as they conduct research and synthesize sources to build their own arguments. They develop important civic reasoning skills as they critically evaluate sources and connect their study of the past with the world they see around them today. History Day students build agency and confidence as they become subject-matter experts on their chosen topics and present their findings to the public.

History Day teachers become part of a community of practice with other dedicated and knowledgeable History Day teachers. They gain access to curricular materials, research resources, free virtual classroom visits by History Day staff, and professional development opportunities.

Want to learn more but aren’t sure you’re ready to commit to participating? Click the button below to request a CMHD information packet!
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Ready to participate? Read on!

Registering to Participate

History Day requires significant coordination from participating teachers and plenty of time for students. Participating schools should designate a contact History Day teacher who will be responsible for interfacing between the school and CMHD.

Professional Development

The Chicago Metro History Day provides professional development opportunities to support teachers offering historical inquiry projects. PDs most often take place in the summer and fall months.

Connecting with Us

  • Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to arrange for us to speak to your students.
  • Teachers can join our closed, teachers-only CMHD Facebook group to get the latest info first and connect with other History Day teachers!


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