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In this Together

For 164 years, we have shared our city’s stories by preserving and caring for a massive collection of photographs, archives, and artifacts, and by creating exhibitions, programs, events, educational initiatives, and other experiences that help both residents and visitors make meaningful and personal connections to Chicago.

With our country brought to a standstill by the COVID-19 pandemic and our doors closed, we need your help now more than ever to get us through this financial hardship. Watch the video to hear how important the Museum is for filmmaker Ken Burns and how our resources help storytellers, artists, and historians like him tell new stories about our history.


While our work continues, we have had to forego the earned revenue on which our work depends. A lack of admission sales, venue rentals, and event ticket sales means that we need your helpPlease consider making a gift that will allow us to continue caring for our city’s artifacts and sharing Chicago’s stories now and for generations to come.

On this #GivingTuesdayNow and through June 30, please join Ken and support the Chicago History Museum so that we, as well as future filmmakers, writers, researchers, and others, can continue to access our incredible collections and share Chicago’s stories. Give now.

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago Stories