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

Family Event | Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Commemorate the enduring legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at our annual family-friendly event. Join us as we reflect on his life and work—particularly in Chicago such as the Chicago Freedom Movement—through special family-friendly activities and performances for all ages. As with all our Commemorative Days, the day’s activities are designed to honor More

Family Event | Guild Holiday Party

The Guild of the Chicago History Museum invites families and friends to ring in the holiday season with them! Enjoy an evening of good cheer and wintery drinks and nibbles with one of Chicago’s favorite caroling groups, the Great Lakes Dredge and Philharmonic Society. These festive fellows in tall top hats and long scarves known More

Family Event | Indigenous Peoples’ Month

November is Indigenous Peoples’ Month! Celebrate the rich heritage and histories of the people who were in Chicago first. Learn about the lives they still lead today as Indigenous artist and scholar Tony Tiger talks about his work. Included with general admission. RSVP not required for event, only if you would like a free print More

Family Event | Spectacularly Spooky Saturday

Looking for some family-friendly activities to do Halloween weekend? Come out to CHM for a day of fall-time fun! Enjoy face painting by Wina Shelley of Party Picassos Face Painting, doll making activities with Lori Bibbs, and, of course, CANDY! To round out your spooky time at CHM, be sure to check out our scavenger-hunt More

Fall Family Day

Join us for a day of activities celebrating the first-year anniversary of the City on Fire: Chicago 1871 exhibition, which explores the social, political, and economic dynamics of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This day will offer several family-friendly activities, including a musical performance, dollmaking activities, and character-led tours of City on Fire. All More

Back With You Again: Celebrating 75 Years of Kukla, Fran, and Ollie

Created by Chicagoan Burr Tillstrom, Kukla, Fran, and Ollie premiered on October 13, 1947, under the title Junior Jamboree. It quickly developed a local Chicago following, and then a national reach. Puppets Kukla, Ollie, and the various Kuklapolitans engaged Fran Allison and other guests in conversations, song, and make believe that delighted children and adults alike. More

Family Event | Indigenous Peoples’ Day

On October 8, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. issued a presidential proclamation stating that “(o)n Indigenous Peoples’ Day, our Nation celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the Federal Government’s trust and treat obligations to Tribal Nations.” For thousands of years, the place now More

Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards 2022

The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum is excited to show their recognition and appreciation for Chicago’s most stylish men! Join us at the Chicago History Museum for an evening of fun and fashion. Ticket price includes specialty cocktails, heavy appetizers, and sweet treats. Hosted by Glenn Marshall of WGN and featuring famed DJ More

Civic Season | Flag Day

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 to commemorate the adoption of the US flag on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Join us at CHM for an afternoon of flag-related activities. The event begins with author and Chicago Sun-Times editorial board member Lee Bey moderating a More

Family Event | Fire in Boomtown

Join musicians and storytellers Amy Lowe and Megan Wells for a musical mix of commentary, theater, and history as they recount the story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Hear about the resiliency of Chicagoans as they rebuilt and recovered following the losses from the tragic fire. Be sure to visit our exhibition City on More