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

Chicago History Museum Awarded $2.5 Million Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

The Chicago History Museum has received a $2.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its Religion and Cultural Institutions Initiative. The grant will support the museum in establishing a new permanent role, Curator of Religious Community History, and the Fellowship for Religious Collections, a program for early career archivists in religious history collections. The More

Chicago History Museum Acquires Work from Chicago Based Visual Artist and Author

The Chicago History Museum today announced the acquisition of 117 photographs and two copies of Chicago Protests: A Joyful Revolution, from Chicago-based visual artist and author, Vashon Jordan Jr. His donated work was inspired by civil injustices in 2020 and the persistent demonstrations that took place across Chicago, showcasing the resilience and authenticity of Chicago More

Donald E. Lassere Named President and CEO of Chicago History Museum

Following a diligent search process and subsequent vote by the board of trustees, the Chicago History Museum today announced that Donald E. Lassere, President of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY will succeed Gary T. Johnson as Museum president. Johnson is retiring after more than 15 years as president at CHM. The presidential search More

Chicago History Museum Acquires Collection of Vivian Maier Color Material

© The Estate of Vivian Maier | Nearly 1,800 images from Maier’s celebrated work to be made available to the public, highlighted in upcoming exhibition. The Chicago History Museum today announced the acquisition of nearly 1,800 Vivian Maier color slides, negatives and transparencies. The collection consists primarily of color slides and transparencies depicting people and More

The Chicago History Museum Launches Program to Collect COVID-19 History in Real Time

The Chicago History Museum Launches Program to Collect COVID-19 History in Real Time Initiative Invites Community to Contribute Digital Records of Personal Stories and Experiences  The Chicago History Museum today announced a community-based initiative, “In This Together” to collect digital records that capture personal experiences during these uncertain times. In the midst of a global More

4.22 | 50 Years of Earth Day

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans voiced their demand for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. In Chicago, thousands gathered in Civic Center Plaza (now the Richard J. Daley Center) and colleges, universities, and schools held demonstrations, protests, and talks opposing the deterioration of More

CHM at Home Families

The Chicago History Museum is here to support families during these uncertain times. We know that especially now, it is more vital than ever that we stay connected with one another and with our communities. We also know that you have a lot on your plate, answering your kids’ questions, filling their time, and supporting More