Holiday hours: 12/26–12/30, open until 6pm; 12/24 & 12/31, closing at 2:30pm; 12/25 & 1/1, closed. MORE

Family Event | Women’s History Month

From Kitihawa to Ida B. Wells to Jane Addams to Jane Byrne, women have been instrumental in Chicago’s history. Join us at CHM as we commemorate Women’s History Month with performances and activities that all center women’s role in shaping Chicago. Included with general admission. Schedule To Come!   While masks are appreciated and recommended, More

Family Event | Black History Month

In 1925, historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson instituted Negro History Week, which was expanded to Black History Month by President Gerald R. Ford in 1976. Join us at CHM to learn about notable Black figures who have made an impact on local and national levels. Included with general admission.   Schedule To come!   While More

Member Event | Author Talk – Chicago’s West Loop: Then and Now

Delve into the history of Chicago’s West Loop with local author and historian Connie Fairbanks in conversation with WTTW host Geoffrey Baer as they discuss Fairbanks’s new book, Chicago’s West Loop: Then and Now (2022). What once was a manufacturing and wholesale warehouse area from the late 1890s to the 1950s, a fashionable place to More

Family Event | Presidents’ Day

Illinois has been home to four US presidents: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, and Obama. Commemorate Presidents’ Day at CHM and discover the lives behind the legends of the American presidency. Included with admission, which is FREE for all Illinois residents on this day.   Schedule To come!   While masks are appreciated and recommended, they are 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

Virtual Teacher Book Club

Saturdays, January 21 & February 25, 9:00 a.m.‒12:00 p.m. with online engagement in between sessions Join our book club designed just for educators! This year, we’re reading Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City by Carl Smith. Though the book was not written expressly for teen readers, Smith’s writing style makes it 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

Virtual Urban History Seminar

The Urban History Seminar series features a scholarly presentation followed by lively discussion. Aaron Shkuda, project manager at the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, presents “Commodities Capital of the World? Building for the Future of Trading in Chicago.” The Zoom session will open at 6:45 p.m. with the program starting at 7:00 More

Virtual Urban History Seminar

The Urban History Seminar series feature a scholarly presentation followed by lively discussion. Historian and author Rima Lunin Schultz and Ann Durkin Keating, the Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History at North Central College, present “Jane Addams, Social Planning, and Early Public Housing on Chicago’s Near West Side.” Beginning in 1889, Jane Addams fashioned More