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3.19 | Chicago’s Resilience

Thank you to all of the healthcare professionals, emergency services, volunteers, and everyone on the frontlines fighting COVID-19. We are grateful for your efforts to keep us all safe and healthy.

We’re living in unprecedented times, but Chicago has experienced hardship before. Explore how the city overcame epidemics of the past and how they ultimately helped improve public health, sanitation, and development. View the encyclopedia of Chicago.

Above: American Red Cross volunteers make face masks for Chicagoans during the deadly 1918 influenza epidemic. World War I offered women many new opportunities, both paid and volunteer, and the Red Cross was one of the most popular volunteer agencies. DN-0070539, Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection, CHM.

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The Chicago History Museum, a major museum and research center for Chicago and American history, is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. The Museum has dedicated more than a century to celebrating and sharing Chicago stories through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming. The Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents and images to help audiences connect to the city and its history. The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. The Chicago History Museum is a 2016 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest award given to these institutions for their community engagement and having an impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories